Showsight Presents The Boston Terrier

THE BOSTON TERRIER

COLLEEN BROSSARD

I’ve lived in California and Illinois, where I was a teacher. Aside from dogs, my other interest was helping my husband with his true love—antique shows. (His help with the dogs was spoiling them!) I was raised with Collies, but my hus- band and I always had one or two large dogs—German Shep- herds, Poodles or Dobermans. In the 60s, I lived in an apart- ment and wanted an active, smaller dog that I could spoil. The Boston fit the bill! John Loporto sold me my first show dog and Western Boston Club of Chicago taught me all that I know today. In 1995, after my husband passed away, I moved to Florida—which is truly God’s area! MARCIE DOBKIN I live in San Diego,

MICHAEL & BEVERLY STALEY

California and still work as Critical Care Transport RN to support my dog habit. Occasionally I make home crafted natural soap. I had an Airedale in col- lege, but quickly learned grooming wasn’t one of my talents. Then, I got started again in confor- mation in 1980 with Bull- dogs, which I showed until 2004. I was first approved to judge Bulldogs in 1996,

We reside in Independence, Kentucky and are lifelong residents of Kentucky. We are retired and have been married for 53 years. We have been breeding and showing since 1976. Michael has been judging since 1991 and Beverly has been judging since 2006. We were raised with Bostons as pets, but we got involved with showing when we purchased a male Boston in 1976 and the breeder entered us in a specialty show and we won our classes. From then on we were hooked. 1. Describe the breed in three words. CB: Square head from all angles, beautiful eyes plus the bal- ance of appearance of a square-looking body; therefore, the main three words would be 1) square, 2) balance and 3) round eyes.

now I judge the Non-Sporting, Toy and Working Groups. I grew up with Bostons. My elderly relatives all had them for as long as I could remember. My mother (who also grew up with Bostons) was actually quite disappointed that I bought a Bulldog and not a Boston (I thought BTs were “little old lady” dogs—I should have listened to her). I had become good friends with Ellie and Bob Candland while motor hom- ing at shows. In spending many weekends with them, I became enamored with Boston charm and bought a puppy from them. Cuddles was such a healthy joy, Bulldogs and Schipperkes were soon phased out and Bostons became my only breed.

MD: Stylish, square and charming. M&BS: Alert, kind and intelligent.

2. How much emphasis should be put on markings? CB: Even markings are a must, but more important mark- ings, in my opinion, is in the face area and of course the nice white chest. Lately, I have seen too much white past the shoulders and on the hocks. Then of course, you lose the balanced look! It is the same as very little white on

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