Showsight Presents The Boston Terrier

Eyes: The eyes are wide apart, large and round and dark in color. The eyes are set square in the skull and the outside corners are on a line with the cheeks as viewed from the front. Disqualify: Eyes blue in color or any trace of blue.

to conform to the shape of the dog’s head. Th ey should be situated as close to the cor- ners of the skull as possible. Th e standard says the Boston Terrier is to appear lively and highly intelligent. Th e ears reveal a lot when looking for a dog to fit this descrip- tion. An incorrect ear placement and shape will detract from the desired appearance that is called for in the standard. Be impar- tial to cropped or natural ears. Whether they are cropped or natural, they should be set high on the skull and at a position of 11 and 1, not lower. Th ey should be in pro- portion to the shape and size of the head. Th e muzzle, jaw, bite, skull and stop total 15 points in the standard. Th e skull is square, flat on top and free from wrinkles. Do not confuse cushion for wrinkles; they are not the same. Cushion is a term used to describe the fill under the eyes and muzzle area often times confused as a wrinkle or crease under the eye. Wrinkles on the skull and muzzle should be penalized, but cushion should be rewarded, as it is extremely di ffi cult to breed for and is a rare find in the breed today. Th e muzzle is short, square, wide and deep and in proportion to the skull. It is imperative to remember the muzzle area should be short- er in length than in width or depth; never should the muzzle exceed one-third the length of skull. Th e nose on a Boston Terrier should be solid black with a well-defined line between the nostrils. Nostrils that are con- stricted or wide are to be faulted. A butterfly nose is undesirable while a dudley nose is a disqualification. Be sure to know di ff erence. Th e jaw should be broad and square with short regular teeth. A wry jaw or teeth and tongue showing when the mouth is closed are serious faults. Th e bite of a Boston Ter- rier is to be even or su ffi ciently undershot to square up the muzzle. At no time should the bite be overshot. Th e muzzle is short and wide; too many specimens in the breed ring today are long-muzzled and give the appear- ance of being pinched. Th e flews or jowls of a Boston Terrier shouldn’t be pendulous; they should have a clean, tight lip line. Although no points are assigned to the cheeks of a Boston Terrier, it is important to note the square look that is desired requires a flat cheek line. Th e standard allocates 15 points to the neck, top line, body and tail.

too small

almond shaped


too much white/ haw showing


Eyes: Although eyes are only worth 5 points in the standard, they also attribute to correct expression and general appearance. The standard states, The ideal Boston terrier expression is alert and kind, indicating a high degree of intelligence. This is a most important characteristic of the breed.


to large, out of proportion with head

low set


low set

Ears: The ears are small, carried erect, either natural or cropped to conform to the shape of the head and situated as near to the corners of the skull as possible.

Th e length of neck must display an image of balance to the total dog. It is slightly arched, carrying the head grace- fully and setting neatly into the shoulders. A short or ewe-neck is undesirable. Th e topline is level and the rump curves slightly to the set-on of the tail. A proper topline is a rare find. Th ere should be no dip at the withers or sway or roach, which are serious body faults.

Th e back is just short enough to square the body. Th is gives a striking square out- line. Th e chest should be deep with good width and the ribs should be well sprung, carried back into the loins. A slab-sided rib is a serious fault. Th e tail is set on low, short, fine and tapering, straight or screw and must not be carried above the horizontal. Although the standard allows for a very short tail,

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