Registration: All purebred Colored Boston Terriers are registrable with the United Canine Association and eligible to participate in all UCA sanctioned dog shows and events.
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The United Canine Association recognized and began recording registration for the Colored Boston Terrier in 2002.
History suggests the Colored Boston Terrier originated in the United
States around the year 1865. The breed was initially bred for
it's wonderful capacity as a devoted companion.
Various breeds were
used to create the early sought-after appearance and type of the Colored Boston Terrier. The
principle breeds used were the same as that of the Boston Terrier.
Many colors and patterns were known to exist within those
foundation breeds, so they were passed on within the genetic makeup
of the Colored Boston Terrier.
definitely the preferred color among early fanciers of the breed, in
particular seal brindle. Breeders tried to maintain this color by an
apparently reasonable method: breeding seal brindle, to seal
brindle. But they eventually discovered to their disappointment this
did not produce the desired results, but in fact intensified the
dark genes. The common color brindle was gradually being replaced by
breeders began to realize that in order to continue to produce
brindle, they needed to lighten and introduce color. A breeding
scheme was developed of what colors were needed, combined with
studying specific dog’s ancestries in their efforts.
Few breeders were aware of how to keep from producing the ever-darkening
color, resulting in a steady increase in the number of black and
black was becoming so hopelessly prevalent, the former attitude
considering black as undesirable was replaced with gradual
acceptance. Breeders soon used black extensively in their programs
and ultimately many of the colors all but disappeared.
In spite of
the widespread intent to eliminate the rare and unique colors since
those early days, there have been a few dedicated non-traditional
breeders focused on preserving those colors.
Today’s Colored Boston Terrier
is different in type than it’s early ancestors, having become
gradually more refined over time. However, thanks to those breeders
who were undeterred by discrimination, the beautiful colors of the
early days are as present today as they were in the creation of the
Boston Terrier is unsurpassed as a family pet. Patient with
children, always ready to play. Colored Boston Terriers have lively,
fun-loving personalities, generally making friends with everyone. They are highly entertaining, intelligent, and occasionally
silly. There is a distinctly endearing charm to their chubby
faces, made all the more irresistible by their flat muzzles and
large expressive eyes.
Although Colored Boston Terriers enjoy playmates and
often thrive on another creature’s company, they can be quarrelsome
with other dogs of the same sex.
As with all breeds, there are
variations from the norm among individuals, but in regard to
personality and character, Colored Boston Terriers tend to
consistently live up to their reputation as an all time great family
Breed Standard: Colored Boston
General Impression: The Colored Boston
Terrier is a breed of its own. The Colored Boston Terrier should look and act
neither like a Bulldog nor a Terrier. The character of the Colored Boston Terrier is
resilient, affectionate, loyal and playful. The Colored Boston Terrier’s purpose is
solely to offer the very best in companionship.
Colored Boston Terriers are lively,
alert and inquisitive, giving an impression of intelligence and
responsiveness. The body and structure is upstanding,
collected, compact, with a clean, handsome outline and carriage.
Head: The head of the Colored Boston Terrier should be
square and proportionate to the overall size of the body.
Skull not domed. The Colored Boston Terrier's muzzle
is considerably shorter than skull.
Muzzle: Broad, square and short. The stop is pronounced and
deep. A roman (nose pointing downward) a serious fault. Parallel
planes of muzzle and skull.
Jaws: The Colored Boston Terrier's jaw should be as broad as the muzzle and
provide a square appearance. Lips should be clean and not be
too pendulous or hanging. Must entirely cover front teeth when
mouth is closed.
Bite: A slight under bite is preferred to create an
evenly squared muzzle, to add to the square appearance of the
Exceedingly undershot bite, wry jaw, teeth showing, are serious
Nose: All colors are acceptable. The nose
should be a solid color. Nostrils are not to be pinched or
A solid unpigmented nose, butterfly nose or spotted nose that lacks
pigment is a major fault.
Ears: The ears should be set high whether
cropped or natural. Medium to small, well formed and strong, ear
leather not thick and heavy.
Falling, bent over (tulip), or broken ears that are unable to
stand when dog is alert, are a major fault.
Eyes: The eyes should be round and
expressive, set fairly wide apart and facing toward the front,
not on the side of the head. Any color is acceptable except
Odd colored eyes (one dark, one light) eyes are a significant
fault. Eyes showing either too much white or haw are a
minor fault. Eyes should not be be bulging or protruding.
Neck: Neck should have the appearance of being
sleek, without excess loose skin or throatiness, slightly
arched, blending smoothly into the shoulders and topline without
overly prominent dips or bumps.
A short, overly thick, bully neck is a fault. From shoulders to
hip, topline level without arch or sway back, croup from hip to
tail slightly angled downward.
chest should be deep, extend well back and down to elbow, of
adequate width, but never so wide as to look bully. Muscles
smooth, not loaded and bunchy.
Color: Any color or patterns are acceptable with the
exception of merle.
Coat: The coat is to be short, smooth, and
Size: The Colored Boston Terrier should be in the 10 - 25 pound range. Over 25 pounds is a fault, losing the character and
appearance of the breed.
Forequarters: Shoulders should be strong and laid
back sufficiently to allow good front reach when gaiting. Weak,
long pasterns are faulted. The forelegs straight and
parallel viewed from front. Elbows turned neither in nor out,
but in line with straight front legs from shoulder to ground.
Front feet pointing straight forward. Width of chest giving
neither impression of narrow spindliness or bulliness. Chest
area filled in between front legs down to elbows.
Hindquarters: The hindquarters should be smoothly
muscled without bunchiness. Stifles moderately well bent
with short hocks. Hock joint should be well defined with hocks
straight up and down at right angles to ground from any angle.
Straight rear from hip to foot viewed from side (under
angulated) resulting in stilted, poor movement, is faulted.
Any turning of the hock outward or inward is a fault.
Feet: Feet should be round with pasterns
being short, strong, and tight.
Dew claws may be left natural
Gait: The Colored Boston Terrier's trot
is collected and together, smooth, efficient, with balanced
reach and drive, covering ground well and without wasted
The CBT can single track at a faster trot or may double
track at slower speeds.