Showsight Presents The Boston Terrier

boston terrier q&a

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 Bos- tons) 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 homing at shows. In spending many weekends with them, I became enam- ored with Boston charm and bought a puppy from them. Cuddles was such a healthy joy, Bulldogs and Schip- perkes were soon phased out and Bostons became my only breed. MICHAEL & BEVERLY STALEY

“EVEN MARKINGS ARE A MUST, BuT More iMporTanT Markings, in My opinion, is in The faCe area and of Course The niCe whiTe ChesT.”

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 front feet; it seems to take away from the movement on most Bostons. MD: Markings are the icing on the cake. Any form of “tux- edo” markings within the Standard, to define the dog as a Boston, are fine with me. Sadly, many typey, “plain Janes” are ignored for lack of flash when otherwise, they have all the qualities of a lovely Boston, but are just more subtle. Too much white I think is more of a distraction than not enough of the desired markings described in the standard, but that’s just my personal preference for my own dogs. M&BS: Naturally the Boston Terrier must have the required markings (white muzzle band, white blaze between the eyes and white forechest). This is a most important characteristic of the breed. Lack of these markings is a disqualification. While desired markings are preferred, a dog should not be penalized for not possessing a full collar.

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.

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