BOSTON TERRIER BREED HISTORY

Boston Terrier Breed History This spunky breed originated around 1870, when Robert C. Hooper of Boston, who owned an English Terrier; purchased a Bulldog from Edward Burnett. These two dogs had a litter of puppies. Their offspring were then interbred with French Bulldogs, which led to the Boston Terrier.  The breed gets its name from the city because they originated in Boston. The early dogs were larger and heavier (weighing up to 44 pounds) than the breed is today.  They were used in pit-fighting. Today they are considered lovers and not fighters. By the year 1889, the breed had become very popular in Boston.  In 1893, they were admitted to the American Kennel Club and were the first non-sporting dog bred in the United States. During World War I, a Boston Terrier by the name of “Sergeant Stubby” was the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry Regiment.  He served 18 months and participated in 17 battles. He found wounded soldiers, warned his unit of gas attacks and even caught a German spy. Stubby held the spy by the seat of his pants until his fellow soldier found him with the prisoner. He was promoted to sergeant because of his loyalty and bravery in the field of combat. When the war ended he was smuggled back into the States and he got to meet Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren G. Harding. Boston Terriers were own by President Warren G. Harding and President Gerald Ford. Boston University made the dog its official mascot in 1922 and they became the state dog of Massachusetts in 1979. 

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