It's difficult to say for sure what each and every one of the
forefathers of the breed was thinking when refining the
standard over the last century, but according to the quote
below, the markings and color were a big part of the look
of the breed since the year 1900.
Head and expression make up nearly half of the points
given by a judge in the overall evaluation of the breed in
the show ring. Disqualified colors of the Boston Terrier
cannot lend to this expression that is so essential.
Pale eyes and pale noses accompany the diluted colors.
Even the fawn color, which often has dark pigment, does
not always have a black nose or dark pigment around the
To eliminate light skinned noses, lack of dark pigment
around the eyes, and light eyes, one can simply eliminate
the Disqualified colors. To add them in again, goes against
every concept behind the ideal head and expression.
Breeders of these Disqualified Colors reference the fact
that they were once allowed by the breed standard. If you
will notice on the time line below, it was for a very short
period of time while the breed was in its infancy.
At that same time, the breed club was even unsure if they
wanted rose ears and straight tails. All other colors except
brindle were ruled out in the year 1900. Black and seal
were later allowed back in as the look of the breed was
For the past CENTURY dilutes, fawns, reds,
etc. have been carefully eliminated (by
spaying and neutering) from breeding
programs, with the goal of eliminating those
colors (except for the occasional accidental)
from the breed entirely. The Disqualified
Colored Boston needs a comeback about as
much as long nosed, long tailed, 40 pound
Bostons need a comeback.
In other words... THEY DON'T.
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