Another type of "rare" Boston Terrier has been cropping
up and reputable breeders are concerned for the future
and consistency of the breed if these Bostons are allowed
into breeding programs.
It's the "Long Haired Boston Terrier" or "Silky Boston".
Make no mistake, regardless of how much anyone insists
they are purebred, they are NOT!
The Boston Terrier is a smooth coated dog, originating
from smooth coated breeds. Breeders and fans of these
long haired "Bostons" point to the long extinct English
White Terrier as the origin of this recessive trait. The
English White Terrier is also a smooth coated dog. The
standard stated: COAT–Close, hard, short, and glossy.
Nothing remotely resembling a long haired dog.
Enthusiasts claim the English White Terrier had ancestors
that were wire haired. However in defending a silky haired
dog, you cannot logically point to a wire haired coat as a
recessive trait of a silky haired dog.
Supporters and breeders of this "rare" Boston claim that
people should "do their research" before judging.
However research does not turn up a single instance of a
Boston Terrier with long hair, other than a few in recent
years appearing on forums, originating from the litters of
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|English White Terrier
A smooth coated breed.
|A Google search for "Long haired
Boston Terrier" resulted in these dogs.
- If long hair in Bostons can crop up 125 years later, why didn't anyone see or
record instances of ANY at the beginning of the breed?
- Why is it these long haired dogs are always found in breeding programs where
the dogs have unknown (no photos, no title, no health testing, no additional
- Why do backyard breeders, who are inexperienced in the Boston Terrier breed
(no showing, no health testing, no significant research, no knowledge of
pedigrees, etc.) seem to produce these "rare" dogs that have characteristics of
mixed breeds? Yet reputable breeders who have dogs from known pedigrees and
who have researched, health tested, selectively bred and shown Boston Terriers
for decades, have never seen, nor heard of a single one?
- How does an ancestor of the English White Terrier who is "rumored" to have had
wire hair, explain silky long hair (a completely different genetic trait) on a Boston
Terrier 125+ years later?
In researching the above dogs, we found that each
owner has claimed they are purebred and most are
registered with AKC as purebred, despite the fact
characteristics of other breeds are obvious - Long
tails, long noses, ear sets that resemble other
breeds, are all very indicative of a cross breed.
I have heard breeders of these dogs claim
repeatedly that both parents are purebred and AKC
registered and that there was no possible way their
female was bred to any other male. This is probably
true to the best of that person's knowledge.
However it is entirely possible (and LIKELY) that a
generation or two, or even five or ten back had an
"ooops" breeding with another dog of a long haired
breed and if the resulting puppies looked purebred,
those breeders would probably register them as
such. They may not have even known there was
another sire involved. Those dogs then get bred to
other Bostons, and so on, creating the illusion of
purebred breeding stock until one day, the
recessive long haired gene kicks in. With enough
generations between the accidental breeding and
current litters, even over the counter DNA tests
marketed to determine a dogs breed will indicate a
purebred Boston since their overall accuracy is
limited to the first few generations at best.
Isn't it more likely that the recessive gene came from
an accidental breeding to a long haired dog 5 or 10
generations back and not 125 years ago from a
short haired dog that was only rumored, not proven,
to have had a wire haired relative?
Unfortunately the result is that there are cross bred
dogs being mixed into the purebred gene pool
under the guise of being a "purebred" Boston and
registered as such..
Not only are cross breeds being misrepresented as
purebreds, but a new genetic trait, that was not in
the Boston Terrier previously, is being introduced
into a smooth coated breed.
Just as some dishonest breeders mixed their
Bostons with other breeds to obtain disqualified coat
colors faster, these dogs are being mixed in as well.
It may be by ignorance, it may be intentional, but
this long haired Boston Terrier fad boils down to
trouble for the breed.
|Isn't it more likely that the recessive gene came
from an accidental breeding to a long haired dog
5 or 10 generations back and not 125 years ago
from a short haired dog that was only rumored,
not proven, to have had a wire haired relative?