By the kindness of a correspondent on the "other side of the water," who has taken the trouble to supply some authentic details of this breed of which so little is known amongst Englishmen, but which are sure to be of much interest to the many fanciers and admirers of the variety, I have much pleasure in giving the actual words of my correspondent in the following description and standard of show points of the Boston Terrier.

Concerning The Earlier Dogs Of The Breed

How did the breed originate? It resulted from a cross between the English Bull dog and the English Terrier, and these two have been considerably inbred. Accidental peculiarities of the first dogs used as sires are partly responsible for the present type. About 30 years ago Mr. Robert C. Hooper, of Boston, Mass., U. S. A., came into possession of a dog named Judge who was imported from England. This dog known as Hooper's Judge was destined to be the ancestor of the true modern Boston Terrier. He was a cross between an English Bull dog and an English Terrier, leaning in type rather more toward the Bull dog. Judge was bred to Gyp, or Kate, a white bitch, owned by Ed. Burnett, of Southboro, Mass. She weighed twenty pounds, had a fine three-quarter tail low stationed, stocky-build, showing strength in her make-up, good head, being short and blocky. From Judge and Gyp descended Well's Eph. Eph was mated to Tobin's Kate, weighing twenty pounds, short head, golden brindle in colour, and straight three-quarter tail. From Well's Eph and Tobin's Kate came Barnard's Tom, the first dog with a screw tail.

This dog Tom was a great improvement over his sire and grandsire, beside being the first to show the fine quality that is present in a good specimen of the modern Boston Terrier - Tom was the best Boston Terrier of his day, so, of course, was much used in stud. The above gives very briefly the main facts concerning the older dogs of this breed. To correct an idea that has become somewhat prevalent, it can here be stated that the dog is in no sense a fighting dog. While he is plucky as might be expected from his ancestry, he is not quarrelsome or aggressive - is very loyal to his master, obedient, affectionate and of sweet nature, quick in motion and very intelligent".

Show points and standard of the Boston Terrier, furnished by an enthusiastic American fancier of the breed.

General Appearance

The general appearance of the Boston Terrier is that of a smooth, short-coated, compactly built dog of medium stature. The head should indicate a high degree of intelligence, and should be in proportion to the dog's size, the body rather short and well knit, the limbs strong and finely turned, no feature being so prominent that the dog appears badly proportioned. The dog conveys an idea of determination, strength and activity - style of a high order, carriage easy and graceful.

Skull

Broad and flat without prominent cheeks, and forehead free from wrinkles.

Stop

Well defined but indenture not too deep.

Eyes

Wide apart, large and round, neither sunken nor too prominent, dark in colour and soft - the outside corner on a line with the cheeks as viewed from the front.

BULLDOG, CH.  LADY ROZELLE  C.H.LANE OWNER.

BULLDOG, CH. "LADY ROZELLE" C.H.LANE OWNER.

BULLTERRIER CH.  SHERBOURNE QUEEN  W.J . PGG OWNER

BULLTERRIER CH. "SHERBOURNE QUEEN" W.J . PGG OWNER.

Ears

Small and thin, as near corners of the skull as possible.

Muzzle

Short, square, wide and deep, without wrinkles; nose black and wide, with a well defined straight line between nostrils. The jaws broad and square with short, regular teeth; the chops wide and deep, not pendulous, completely covering the teeth when the mouth is closed.

Neck

Of fair length, without throatiness, and slightly arched.

Body

Deep and broad at chest, well ribbed up. Back short, not roached. Loins and quarters strong.

Elbows

Standing neither in nor out.

Fore legs

Wide apart, straight and well muscled.

Hind legs

Straight, quite long from stifle to hock, which should turn neither in nor out, short and straight from hock to pastern, thighs well muscled, hocks not too prominent.

Feet

Small, turned neither in nor out. Toes compact and arched.

Tail

Set on low, fine tapering or screw - devoid of fringe or coarse hair, not carried above the horizontal.

Colour-Any colour, brindle, evenly marked with white, strongly preferred.

Markings

White muzzle, blaze on face, collar, chest and feet.

Coat

Fine in texture, short and bright and not hard.

Weight

Light-weight class, under twenty-three pounds, but not less than thirteen pounds. Heavyweight class, twenty-three to thirty pounds, inclusive. Disqualifications - Cocked tail or any artificial means to deceive the judge.

Score Of Points

Skull, 12; ears, 2; eyes, 5; stop, 2; muzzle, 12; neck, 5; body, 15; elbows, 2; forelegs, 4; hindlegs, 4; feet, 2; tail, 10; colour, 8; markings, 4; coat, 3; general appearance, style, 10.

Total, 100.

BOSTON  TERRlER.  TURPIN  MISS J.TOZ1ER.OWNER.

BOSTON -TERRlER. "TURPIN" MISS J.TOZ1ER.OWNER.