The Boston Terrier Clubits History Constitution By-laws And Official Standard

In 1890 a club was formed in Boston by a comparatively small body of men

who were very much interested in the dog then known as the Round-Headed

Bull and Terrier dog. These men were breeders and lovers of the dog, and

their main object in coming together was not to have a social good time

(although, happily, this generally took place), but to further the

interests of the dog in every legitimate way. The dog had been shown at

the New England Kennel Club show, held in Boston in April, 1888, being

judged by Mr. J. P. Barnard, Jr., ofttimes styled the father of the

breed, practically two years before the formation of the Club. The year

following the Club applied for admission in the American Kennel Club, and

recognition for their dogs in the Stud Book. The A. K. C. stated that

while perfectly willing to take the Club into its fold, they could not

place the dog in the Stud Book, as he was not an established breed, and

suggesting, that as the dog was not a bull terrier, and as he was then

bred exclusively in Boston, the name of the Boston Terrier Club. The

year following the A. K. C., after a great deal of persuasion by the loyal

and devoted members of the Club, became convinced of the merits of the

breed, and formally acknowledged the same by admitting the Club to

membership, and giving their dog a place in the official Stud Book.

The Boston Terrier Club is duly incorporated under the laws of

Massachusetts, has a present membership of from seventy-five to a hundred,

men and women who are devoted to the dog, and willing to do everything for

its advancement. The annual meeting is held on the second Wednesday in

December, at which a number of judges are elected, whose names are

forwarded to the bench show committees of the principal shows, requesting

that one of the number be elected to officiate as judge of the Boston

terriers. Monthly meetings are held which are always exceedingly

interesting and instructive.

The officers are elected by printed ballots sent to all members of the

Club, who mark and return them. They consist of the president,

vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. The executive committee consists

of the officers (ex officio) and three others.

The Club gives a specialty show yearly in Boston and is the largest and

greatest of one breed fixtures; the dog being, in fact, one of the largest

supporters of the dog shows in the country. Cups and medals are offered at

most of the bench shows for competition among the members, and at the

Ladies' Kennel Association shows a cup and medal were offered, open to all

exhibitors of Boston terriers.

In view of the fact that so many Boston Terrier Clubs are starting up all

over the country, and even beyond, the following Order of Business,

Constitution, By-Laws, and Official Standard, can safely be taken as


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