Boston’s First Gift to the World: Boston Terrier
For the past few days, the Metroblogging sites around the globe have be unveiling seven gifts their cities share with the world – one gift a day for seven days. We’re a little late to the party, but we’ve got plenty of gifts.
I’m kicking off the first gift with a dog – The Boston Terrier.
The Boston Terrier breed originated around 1870, when Robert C. Hooper of Boston purchased a dog known as Hooper’s Judge, a cross between an English Bulldog and an English White Terrier.
The breed was first shown in Boston in 1870. By 1889 the breed had become sufficiently popular in Boston that fanciers formed the American Bull Terrier Club, but this proposed name for the breed was not well received by the Bull Terrier Fanciers. The breed’s nickname, roundheads, was similarly inappropriate. Shortly after, the breed was named the Boston Terrier after its birthplace.
In 1893, the American Kennel Club (AKC) admitted the Boston Terrier breed and gave the club membership status, making it the first American breed to be recognized. It is one of a small number of breeds to have originated in the United States that it recognizes.