A small smooth-coated terrier of a breed originating in Massachusetts from a crossing of the bulldog and terrier.
- Among terriers, only the Yorkshire terrier and the Boston terrier saw more registrations in 1998.
- The breed remained popular until World War I, when the Boston terrier gained overnight celebrity, supplanting the French bulldog as high society's favorite little dog.
- Like Boston cream pie, which isn't really a pie, the Boston terrier isn't precisely a terrier, though the breed's original ingredients did include a number of terriers.
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Syllabification: Bos·ton ter·ri·er
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