History of the Boston Terrier (Old New England Restoration, Inc. Mascot)

Sam (named after Samuel Adams), seen above, is the beloved Old New England Restoration, Inc. Mascot. The Boston terrier has become a very popular breed, and we understand why. As the name Boston terrier would suggest, there is a rich history of the breed in Massachusetts. In fact, Sam shares his mascot status with Boston University.

Around 1870, Robert Hooper of Boston, purchased a female dog named Judge from Edward Burnette. The beloved dog was known as Hooper’s Judge. There are actually two thoughts about how Judge was bred. The first is that she was directly related to the original 19th and early 20th century breeds of bull and terrier, bred for fighting. The second is that she is of the crossing between English bulldog and terriers, bred for show. According to the American Kennel Club, Boston terriers of today are all of the ancestry of Judge. Judge weighed over 27.5 lbs. Judge’s offspring interbred with one or more of the French bulldog, which resulted in the more commonly known Boston terrier of today. Their smaller compact size made them ideal fighting dogs. In the breed’s infancy, a Boston terrier could weigh up to 44 lbs. The average Boston terrier of today runs between 10 and 25 lbs. Sam is 32 plus lbs.

The first showing of a Boston terrier was in 1870. The American Bull Terrier Club was formed in 1889 in response to the breed’s popularity. It was later re-named the Boston Terrier Club and was a recognized member of the American Kennel Club in 1893. 

One of the nick-names of the Boston terrier is “America’s Gentlemen”. Not sure what Judge would have thought about that Like Sam, some males remain very territorial and protective, but the breed has largely lost the taste for fighting. Sam is the perfect example of the highly intelligent and curious breed. As one of his trainers said, “If you don’t teach him some games, he’ll make his own games”. How true and mischievous that is! The Boston terrier is also commonly a wonderful, cheerful, energetic and loyal but also strong willed companion and another thing that our great commonwealth is famed for. 

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