Boston Terrier Breed Magazine - Showsight

“I LOVE CROPPED EARS! The Cropped ear adds a ClassiC, ‘finished’ look of eleganCe To The headpieCe. sMall uprighT ears on The BaCk Corners of The skull are equally as lovely, BuT very diffiCulT To find.”

3. What is the correct movement for a Boston Terrier and how much emphasis should be put on move- ment that is correct for our breed vs. “generic” movement? What value do you put on reach and drive in the breed? CB: The Boston movement is ruined when going too fast! We want to see a nice reach with rhythm and level top lines when moving, which will not happen if made to move like a Terrier or Sporting breed! They are not to move like a Bulldog. MD: Of course, sound movement is ideal, but these aren’t field/working dogs dependent on structure for survival, BTs are companions. Bostons have no specialized move- ment like a Bulldog, Whippet or Neapolitan Mastiff. I much prefer a symphony of squareness with a beautiful expression over an incorrect, but more sound, specimen. M&BS: The Boston Terrier is a straight gaited dog with its forelegs and hindlegs moving straight ahead in line with perfect rhythm while maintaining a level topline. The front reach should equal the same distance as rear drive. The Boston should move effortlessly with good reach from sloping and well laid back shoulders at an angle that permits a good stride that is in balance with the rear quarters. Viewed from the rear, the hocks should remain parallel following on a line with the forelegs neither too widely or too closely spaced. Hocks and all four feet should turn neither in nor out. The Boston Terrier should function as a parallel tracking dog. There is some conver- gence toward the centerline, but the paws fall on either side of the centerline, rather than single tracking on the centerline. This would be due in part to the build of the Boston Terrier with its forelegs set “moderately wide apart”. Just as convergence must not be mistaken for moving too closely in the rear, a dog that parallel tracks should not be confused with one that moves with its legs

parallel to each other, meaning that no convergence is present. If the Boston Terrier assembly is correct and all parts are in balance, you should have correct reach and drive. Without the correct reach and drive the Boston cannot achieve its proper gate. 4. What is the correct topline for a Boston Terrier and how much emphasis should be placed on this? MD: The Standard requires a level topline. These are not Frenchies or Bulldogs. This distinction from the Bulldog cousins makes the square aspects of the Boston silhou- ette distinct, which is so important to type. M&BS: The Boston Terrier topline is level and the back is just short enough to square the body. Both as breeders and judges, we put a lot of emphasis on a correct topline. On profile while moving the topline should remain level. 5. What effect does ear cropping have on head style vs. natural ears in Bostons? Should there be a pref- erence for either cropped or natural ears? CB: I love the cropped ears. Yet today more Bostons have smaller ears and I feel that there are really only a few veterinarians who trim the Bostons correctly. The small ears or bat ears are very hard to trim. Therefore, today many Bostons look fine either way. The Boston with larger or longer ears really clean up the Boston and give they look of dignity when trimmed. MD: I love cropped ears! The cropped ear adds a clas- sic, “finished” look of elegance to the headpiece. Small upright ears on the back corners of the skull are equally as lovely, but very difficult to find. Cropped ears are becoming much less common in the ring, but breeders don’t seem to put emphasis for the correct ears, thus big, incorrectly set ears are common and detract from proper intelligent and sweet expressions. I’m not sure why

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