This is one of the few breeds developed in the US, and consequently is their national dog.
It is colloquially known as the ‘Little American Gentleman’.
Some of Our Dogs
Despite their name, the Boston Terrier is not a true terrier; they were not bred to ‘go to ground’ (that is hunt animals in burrows) and do not compete in the terrier classes in purebred shows. Instead their origins are from the fighting Bulldogs and Bull Terriers of the 19th century and the type was once known as the American Bull Terrier. The name was changed to reflect the breed’s city of origin, Boston.