Fun Facts About Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier: the all-American gentleman

There is one breed of dog that has a history of being an American national and local mascot. That breed is the Boston Terrier.

These intelligent, fun-loving little pups of today are nothing like what they bred to be original. That is not all. These critters have an interesting history for sure, but they also have a unique present. Also, dogs of this breed are highly regarded by many people. This fan base has a regal nickname for the breed.

Boston Terriers are the only ones who can claim some unique traits and stories. So, let us inspect five facts about this wonderful breed:

They are literally an all-American breed

The breed was first bred into existence in; you guessed it, Boston. Massachusetts.

Robert Hooper was the man who can claim the title of the human father of the breed. He bought a dog named Judge, who was an English Bulldog and White English Terrier, and bred him with a bitch named Gypsy.

Gypsy gave birth to a litter of puppies, the unique one of which was a puppy named Eph. Eph and his eventual offspring became the basis for the genetics of the entire breed of what we now call Boston Terriers.

All of this took place right here in America in the city of Boston and made this breed one of the first-ever created right here at home. Eph was born around 1870, and by 1893, the AKC recognized the breed officially as being a unique dog.

We created them to be fighting dogs originally

The origins of the breed began differently than what we now see in the Boston Terriers of today. They were first created to be fighting and rodent hunting dogs.

Judge, the dog we can call the father of the breed, was a mix of bulldog and terrier and was considerably larger than the Bostons of today. He was most likely around 45 pounds, where anything about 25 pounds now cannot even officially be called a Boston Terrier.

This is because of their AKC definition, which states that the breed is only 10=25 pounds.

The breed is one of the few official state dogs

The people of Boston are so proud of their namesake breed that they made them their official mascot. They did this by announcing in 1979 that the Boston Terrier would be their new official state dog. Not all states have a state dog.

Less than half of all US states have named an official state dog, and Massachusetts was one of the very first to announce they would have one, and this breed was their motivation behind it.

The Boston Terrier is nicknamed the American gentleman

No one is sure where the nickname started, but there are a few reasons the moniker is fitting. Maybe it was their happy-go-lucky temperament, or it could also be their regal disposition, whatever the reason the name is fitting.

These little pups have a wonderful attitude and are happy all the time. They are always willing to go out and socialize, but they are equally prepared to cuddle up on the couch and stay inside. They are friendly and polite.

While this may be the reason for the gentlemanly nickname, there could be other sources of the name. Some believe it is their black and white good-looking coats that give them the title. The way their fur resembles a permanent tuxedo on them is a common reason people cite when explaining the moniker.

A Boston Terrier was once a war hero

There was once a Boston Terrier named Sergeant Stubby, who was a decorated war hero. Back in WWII, a dog of this breeds early days wandered its way into Yale University. This was where soldiers training to be shipped off to war found him.

Those soldiers took in the pup and taught him a few tricks. They also trained the intelligent dog in various soldier ways and took him with them after getting orders to ship out. Since dogs were not allowed in the military at the time, they had to sneak the dog on board the ship when they boarded.

The ship’s crew found the dog but quickly stole their hearts too. Soon the pup was becoming a service member himself.

Once arriving in Europe, the men snuck the pup onshore and hid him away from their superior officer long enough that he could not get sent back. They then decided it was time to introduce the officer to the Boston Terrier buddy of theirs.

They asked him if they could make the dog the unit’s mascot and swore they trained him well, and he would follow any orders asked of him. The officer was furious and demanded they send the dog off or leave it in the next town.

The men thought hard and then gave the dog the soldier’s command for saluting. They say the dog sat back on its back legs and raised its paw to his eyebrow.

The pup held the salute until given the order to release. This impressed the officer so much that he reluctantly agreed the dog could remain with the men so long as he did not become any distraction.

America’s most decorated war dog

Sergeant Stubby ended up fighting alongside the unit in 17 different battles. He experienced multiple injuries, including one experience with mustard gas, where he nearly lost his life.

Once nursed back to health by the army hospital, where he quickly made a name for himself by sitting with injured soldiers and cheering them up, he rejoined his unit.

When he returned, he could smell the fumes of the deadly gas far before the men and would alert them quickly to its presence. In this way, he saved countless lives.

He also stopped a German spy one night while the men slept and pinned him down with a ferocious bark, which scared the man so much he stayed in place. He froze, afraid of the dog. When the men, alerted by the noise, found and captured him.

It was this act that earned him the official promotion to Sergeant.

When the unit returned from the war, the dog was a hero. He even got to meet US presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Wilson during three different meets and greets celebrating the dog and his service.

While this dog barely resembles the Boston Terriers of today’s age, he was part of the heritage of all the current versions.

Just remember the original lines of the breed were bred for pit fighting and were much bigger and more ferocious than the lovable little scamps the breed is today. So, while Sergeant Stubby was a Boston Terrier, he barely resembled the ones we now know and love.

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