Boston terrier


Boston terrier
one of an American breed of small, pug-faced, short-haired dogs having erect ears, a short tail, and a brindled or black coat with white markings. Also called Boston bull.
[1890-95, Amer.]

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Breed of dog developed in the late 19th century in Boston.

Bred from the English bulldog and a white English terrier, the Boston terrier is one of the few breeds to have originated in the U.S. It has a terrier-like build, dark eyes, a short muzzle, and a short, fine coat of black or brindle, with white on the face, chest, neck, and legs. It stands 14–17 in. (36–43 cm) high and ranges in weight from 15 to 25 lbs (7–11 kg). The breed is characteristically gentle and affectionate.

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▪ breed of dog
 breed of dog developed in the latter half of the 19th century in Boston. Bred from the English bulldog and a white English terrier, the Boston terrier is one of the few breeds to have originated in the United States. It has a terrier-like build, dark eyes, a short muzzle, and a short, fine coat of black or brindle, with white on the face, chest, neck, and legs. At maturity, it stands 15 to 17 inches (38 to 43 cm); weight may range from less than 15 to about 25 pounds (7 to 11 kg). The breed is characteristically gentle and affectionate.

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