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One of the few breeds originally developed in the USA, the Boston Terrier was bred down from fighting dogs, known as round-headed "Bull and Terriers" of the Boston area, Massachusetts, from where it takes its name.
As these dogs were not merely fighting dogs, but lived with their owners, they had to demonstrate a friendly, well-balanced character.
The Boston Terrier stature resembles that of a Staffordshire Terrier, but with the typical bat ears of the French Bulldog (although not as rounded as those of the Frenchie), and a short face and screw tail like its Bulldog ancestors. The ears are carried natural or cropped to confrom to the shape and size of the head.
A proportionate and symmetrical combination of "Color and White Markings" is a particularly distinctive feature of the breed. The alert and kind expression of the Boston Terrier is another important characteristic of the breed.