July 28, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Boston Terrier Dog & Puppy Breed Information
The Boston Terrier averages 17 pounds in brindle or black with striking white markings and is easy grooming for the American family. Square and well-knit, his ultra-short tail wiggles to display his happy, lively, and highly intelligent personality. With smushed face, he is a delight to children and has adequate stamina for play.
Photo Courtesy of Linda Johnson - "Farley and Sophie"

Boston Terrier Puppy & Breed Information

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The Boston Terrier evolved in Boston in the late 1800s from English Bulldogs and the White English Terrier.  He can be as stoic or determined as his ancestors but above all, he is a people dog.  The Boston can be vocal but is not a barker and has a small voice. He is naturally agile and playful but his big, kind, expressive eyes preclude him from brushy field excursions.

Boston Coat, Color, Care: This little terrier has short, smooth easy-care coat accented by brilliant white collar, leg, and facial markings.  He’s quite a spiffy little package.

Boston Terrier Personality: Pulling equally from his bulldog and terrier ancestry, the Boston Terrier is animated but calmly mannered, good with children, small animals, and other dogs.  Keenly alert for his owner’s voice or an invitation to play, he’s as mentally quick as he is physically agile.

Exercise Requirements: Bostons love chasing a ball across the penthouse living room but thrive on regular outdoor exercise.  A fenced yard will do but Boston Terriers will never turn down a good romp with the kids and unwinding in play will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.

Health Concerns: The Boston Terrier’s brachycephalic head (pushed-back nose and unnaturally short muzzle) can lead to shortness of breath and gagging, particularly in high heat and humidity.  He may develop cataracts or cherry eye, and as a miniaturized breed, could experience slipping patella (kneecap) or ligament injury.  Pay attention to signs of deafness or heart problem as he ages but the Boston is long-lived and other than problems related to head type, the Boston Terrier is a healthy breed if kept fit and active.  Good diet and freedom from unneeded medication usually prevent food or contact dermatitis allergies.

More Boston Terrier photos, puppy pictures, and the Official Boston Terrier Breed Standard

Boston Terrier AKC Standard
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