There is a strange "movement" happening in the world of
Boston Terriers. After spending over a century of trying to
eliminate (except for the occasional throwback) disqualified
colors from the Boston Terrier breed through responsible
breeding and spaying/neutering any accidental disqualifying
colored dogs, many breeders have cropped up all over the
country, purposely breeding hundreds (even thousands) of
"red", "blue", "cream", "lilac", "champagne", "fawn" and "splash"
Boston Terriers. Since a Disqualified Boston cannot be shown
and goes against the breed standard, breeding them could
never be done with the purpose of improving the breed.
Unfortunately it is often done for profit.
Breeders of Disqualified Colored Bostons promote these
disqualified colors as if the practice is "innovating" or
"preserving" a color accepted long ago. However many of their
characteristics were NEVER accepted by the BTCA or AKC
standard and the remainder have been disqualified completely
from the breed standard for over a century. Even during a very
brief time in its infancy when these Disqualified Colored
Bostons were part of the breed, most had eyes and nose colors
that would have disqualified them from the very first written
standard and every standard since. In other words, there is NO
written standard that would EVER have allowed red, blue, lilac,
champagne, albino, etc.
When purebreds are bred AGAINST the standard set forth by
their respective breed clubs, it is NOT in the best interest of the
This website was not created to personally put down breeders
of Disqualified Colored Bostons, or to devalue anyone's existing
pet who may be of a disqualified color. It is to promote
CORRECT breeding from this point forward according to
standard. And also to educate the public, and even breeders of
DQ Colored Bostons on the breed history, the essential
features of the breed, and why breeding to correct standard is
crucial in maintaining the quality and integrity of the Boston
Taken from the Boston Terrier Standard as defined by BTCA and AKC:
....The eyes are wide apart, large and round and dark in color.
....The nose is black and wide
Color and Markings:
Brindle, seal, or black with white markings. Brindle is preferred ONLY if all other qualities are equal.
(Note: SEAL DEFINED. Seal appears black except it has a red cast when viewed in the sun or bright light.)
Disqualify: Solid black, solid brindle or solid seal without required
white markings. Any color not described in the standard.
"To those who 'must be doing something'
and who find a certain sense of
satisfaction in tinkering with the
standard, we extend our pity, and state
that experience is a hard school but
some people will learn in no other. To
those of us who love the dog as he is,
and who believe in 'letting well enough
alone', we admit we might as well
suggest to improve the majestic
proportions of the old world cathedrals
and castles we all love so much to see,
or advocate the lightening up of the
shadows on the canvas of the old
masters, or recommend the touching up
of immortal carvings of the Italian
sculptures. We advise the preacher to
stick to his text, and the shoemaker to
his last, and to all those who would
improve the standard we say:
The Boston Terrier and All About It
by Edward Axtell, 1910
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