The little dogs with the round heads and screw tails were first known as Round Heads, Bullet Heads or , but in 1889 they officially took the name Boston Terrier. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1893.
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Judge weighed over 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg). The offspring interbred with one or more , providing the foundation for the Boston Terrier. Bred down in size from of the Bull and Terrier types, the Boston Terrier originally weighed up to 44 pounds (20 kg) (Olde Boston Bulldogge). The breed was first shown in Boston in 1870. By 1889 the breed had become sufficiently popular in Boston that fanciers formed the American Bull Terrier Club, the breed's nickname, "roundheads". Shortly after, at the suggestion of James Watson (a noted writer and authority), the club changed its name to the Boston Terrier Club and in 1893 it was admitted to membership in the American Kennel Club, thus making it the first US breed to be recognized. It is one of a small number of breeds to have originated in the United States. The Boston Terrier was the first non-sporting dog bred in the US.
Boston Terrier Dog Breed Information - Vetstreet
The Boston terrier breed originated around 1870, when of Boston, purchased from a dog named Judge (known later as Hooper's Judge), which was of a Bull and Terrier type lineage. Hooper's Judge is either directly related to the original Bull and Terrier breeds of the 19th and early 20th centuries, or Judge is the result of modern English Bulldogs being crossed into terriers created in the 1860s for show purposes, like the . The cites Hooper's Judge as the ancestor of almost all true modern Boston Terriers.
Boston Terrier Dog Breed Information - American Kennel Club
The BOSTON TERRIER CLUB OF AMERICA is a
member of the American Kennel Club and is
also the National Club which represents, protects, and furthers
the interests of the breed and its owners throughout the world."The question is often asked, "How did the Boston Terrier originate?" Briefly stated it may be said to have resulted from a cross between the English Bulldog and the white English Terrier, and then to have been considerably inbred. Incidental peculiarities of the first dogs used as sires are partly responsible for the present type. The Boston Terrier did not arrive on the shores of the United States by boat. It didn't arrive by air or any other means of transportation. In short, it was bred here in the U.S. and soon became one of the most popular breeds of all times. The following short history of the Boston Terrier is excerpted from a small book, The Boston Terrier, recently reprinted by the Boston Terrier Club of America and written by:Dogs were bred and exhibited by these Fanciers as Round Heads and as time went on these fanciers met with numerous obstacles, but they would not give up after years of hard work. In 1891, the Boston Terrier Club of America was organized and being a Boston bred dog the name was changed from the Round Heads, to the Boston Terrier.