The Colored Boston Terrier is a
breed of its own. It should look and act neither like a
Bulldog nor a Terrier. It’s character is resilient,
affectionate, loyal and playful. It’s purpose is solely to offer the
very best in companionship.
The Colored Boston is 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.
The head should be
square being proportionate to the overall size of the body.
Skull not domed. Muzzle considerably
shorter than skull.
Broad, square and short. Stop, pronounced and
deep. Roman (nose pointing downward) a serious fault. Parallel
planes of muzzle and skull.
The 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.
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
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.
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.
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 blue.
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 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.
The 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.
Any color or patterns are acceptable with the
exception of merle.
The coat is to be short, smooth, and glossy.
10 - 25
lbs Over 25 lbs is a fault, losing the character and
appearance of the breed.
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.
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 should be round with pasterns being
short, strong, and tight. Dew claws may be left natural or
The Colored Boston Terrier's trot is
collected and together, smooth, efficient, with balanced reach and
drive, covering ground well and without wasted motion. The CBT
can single track at a faster trot or may double track at slower