They’re a much-loved family pet in the UK, but how much do you know about the incredibly popular and loyal Boston Terrier?
But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
One dog that often appears on prospective owner’s canine wishlists is the Boston Terrier – a breed that have a range of positive attributes that make them a great family pet.
Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about the breed.
1. The first Boston Terrier
All Boston Terriers are descended from a dog called Judge, a terrier bought in around 1875 from Edward Burnett by Boston resident Robert C. Hooper. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. Famous fans
Celebrity Boston Terrier owners over the years have included actress Rose McGowen, musician Louis Armstrong, comedian Joan Rivers, author Helen Keller, and American President Gerald Ford. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. A debonair nickname
The Boston Terrier's nickname is 'the American gentleman' on account of its dapper looks - sometimes the breed's coat even makes it look like they are wearing a tuxedo. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. A true American hero
In 1921 a Boston Terrier called Stubby became the most decorated dog of the First World War. Sergeant Stubby was the first dog to be given a rank in the US army, possessed three service stripes, a wound stripe, and recieved the military Gold Medal. It's said he once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants and held him until backup arrived. Photo: Canva/Getty Images