Showsight Presents The Boston Terrier

“A HIGHLY INTELLIGENT DOG, THE ELEGANT BOSTON IS ONE OF THE MOST ACCOMMODATING OF BREEDS.AS WILLING TO HIKE AS HE IS TO CURL UP ON THE COUCH WITH ITS MASTER, THE BOSTON TERRIER IS ALSO AN ACTIVELY KEEN CONTENDER NO MATTER IN WHAT RING OR ARENA HE COMPETES.”

Ch. E. D’Lis Carry On – owner unknown. For its time, a rare uncropped champion. (c. 1920s/30s)

Ch. Emperor’s Ace owned by Mary and Fred Lucas (c. 1940s), Ch. Hagerty’s Surprise – Droll and Rosenbloom (c. 1940s), Ch. Emperor’s Ace owned by Mary and Fred Lucas (c. 1940s).

eminent examples of the breed influenced future generations: Ch. Ace of Aces, Ch. Million Dollar Kid Boots, Ch. Royal Kid Regards, Int. Ch. Rockabye Dempsey and Int. Ch. Grant’s Royal Command were but a few of the “good ones”. From 1905 until 1935, the Boston Terrier was the first or second most popular breed in the United States based on AKC registrations. Between 1921 and 1934, AKC saw registrations of Boston Terriers reach the 90,000 mark. And little wonder. Th e small, tuxedoed Boston Terrier is indeed, as the standard states, an incomparable companion. Friend to young and old, the Boston Terrier is well-named as the American Gentleman. A highly intelligent dog, the elegant Boston is one of the most accommodating of breeds. As willing to hike as he is to curl up on the couch with its master, the Boston Terrier is also an actively keen

contender no matter in what ring or arena he competes. Not particularly yappy, nonetheless, the Boston is alert to the safeguarding of his family and may be feisty with other breeds. He has an excellent temperament and is exceedingly affectionate, so it is most fitting to close with words from the venerable Vincent Perry, who wrote, “There is no better dog—no greater companion.” ABOUT THE AUTHOR A second generation breeder/owner-han- dler, Lisa Braunstein-LaMere first stepped into a show ring in 1958. In 1974, she handled her parent’s home-bred bitch to a Boston Terrier Club of America (BTCA) National BISS win. Lisa was the AKC-designated handler in the Boston Terrier video, served on the first

BTCA Pictorial and Illustrated Standard Committee, is a former BTCA President, chaired the BTCA’s Meet the Breed Eukanu- ba Committee and is honored to be a member of the Judge’s Education Committee. In the mid-80s, Lisa brought all her experi- ence to the written page as a Boston Terrier columnist for ten years. She cannot imagine a life without a Boston Terrier.

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