Boston Terrier Facts and Trivia

Here are some fun Boston Terrier facts and trivia. Did you know? ...

boston_terriers_with_gerald_fordGerald R. Ford,
38th President of the United States,
with Boston Terriers, Fleck and Spot

  • Average life expectancy is 10 - 14 years

  • The average male BT weighs 15 - 25 pounds and measures 16" - 17" high; the average female is slightly smaller weighing 10 - 20 pounds and measuring 15" - 16" high.

  • The Boston Terrier was admitted to the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1893, making it the first US breed to be recognized.

  • The Boston Terrier is one of very few breeds recognized by the AKC that originated in the US.

  • The Boston Terrier was the first non-sporting dog bred in the US.

  • The BT is (or was) also known as the "American Gentleman", the "Boston Bull Terrier" and the "Boston Bull".

  • Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States, had a Boston Terrier named "Hub". Gerald R. Ford, 38th President owned two Boston Terriers, Fleck and Spot.

  • The Boston Terrier was recognized by the state legislature as the "state dog of Massachusetts" in 1979.

  • Rhett the Boston Terrier, became the Boston University mascot on November 15, 1922. He was named after a leading character from the novel "Gone With the Wind". Rhett is 6'3" and weighs 200 lbs. - now that's a big BT! :-)

  • "Toto" the dog in Wizard of Oz, has been illustrated as a Boston Terrier in several editions of the book.

  • Helen Keller had a Boston Terrier named Phiz, given to her by some classmates at Radcliffe College.

  • Boston Terriers were very popular in the US during the 1920's, so much so that they represented between 20 and 30 percent of all of the dogs entered in dog shows.

  • Rose McGowan (actress from the TV series "Charmed" and the film "Scream") owns two Boston Terriers, Bug and Fester.

  • Denise Richards (actress - "Scary Movie 3") has a Boston Terrier named Lucy. Lucy was seen on an episode of National Geographic Channel's "The Dog Whisperer".

  • The role of "Georgia" in the movie "Hotel for Dogs" was actually played by three different Boston Terriers, including our friend Deegan.

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