Technical Terms Used In Relation To The Boston Terrier And Their Meaning
A Crackerjack--A first class, typical dog.
A Mutt--A worthless specimen.
A Flyer--A dog capable of winning in any company.
A Weed--A leggy, thin, attenuated dog, bred so.
A Fake--A dog whose natural appearance has been interfered with to
A Dope--A dog afflicted, usually with chorea, that has had cocaine
administered to him to stop the twitching while in the judging
A Ringer--A dog shown under a false name, that has previously been
shown under his right name.
Apple-headed--Skull round, instead of flat on top.
Broken-up Face--Bulldog face, with deep stop and wrinkle and
Frog or Down Face--Nose not receding.
Dish-faced--One whose nasal bone is higher at the nose than at the
Butterfly Nose--A spotted nose.
Dudley Nose--A flesh-colored nose.
Rose Ear--An ear which the tip turns backward and downward,
disclosing the inside.
Button Ear--An ear that falls over in front, concealing the
Tulip Ear--An upright, or pricked ear.
Blaze--The white line up the face.
Cheeky--When the cheek bumps are strongly defined.
Occiput--The prominent bone at the back or top of the skull,
noticeably prominent in bloodhounds.
Chops--The pendulous lips of the bulldog.
Cushion--Fullness in the top lips.
Dewlap--The pendulous skin under the throat.
Lippy--The hanging lips of some dogs, who should not possess same,
as in the bull terrier.
Layback--A receding nose.
Pig-jawed--The upper jaw protruding over the lower; an
exaggeration of an undershot jaw.
Overshot--The upper teeth projecting beyond the lower.
Undershot--The lower incisor teeth projecting beyond the upper, as
Wrinkle--Loose, folding skin over the skull.
Wall Eye--A blue mottled eye.
Snipy--Too pointed in muzzle; pinched.
Stop--The indentation between the skull and the nasal bone near
Septum--The division between the nostrils.
Leather--The skin of the ear.
Expression--The size and placement of the eye determines the
expression of the dog.
Brisket--That part of the body in front of the chest and below the
Chest--That part of the body between the forelegs, sometimes
called the breast, extending from the brisket to the body.
Cobby--Thick set; low in stature, and short coupled; or well
ribbed up, short and compact.
Couplings--The space between the tops of the shoulder blades, and
the tops of the hip joints. A dog is accordingly said to be long
or short in the couplings.
Deep in Brisket--Deep in chest.
Elbows--The joint at the top of forearm.
Elbows Out--Self-explanatory; either congenital, or as a result of
Flat-sided--Flat in ribs; not rounded.
Forearm--The foreleg between the elbows and pastern.
Pastern--The lower section of the leg below the knee or hock
Shoulders--The top of the shoulder blades, the point at which a
dog is measured.
Racy--Slight in build and leggy.
Roach-back--The arched or wheel formation of loin.
Pad--The underneath portion of the foot.
Loins--The part of body between the last rib and hindquarters.
Long in flank--Long in back of loins.
Cat-foot--A short, round foot, with the knuckles well developed.
Hare-foot--A long, narrow foot, carried forward.
Splay-foot--A flat, awkward forefoot, usually turned outward.
Stifles--The upper joint of hind legs.
Second Thighs--The muscular development between stifle joint and
The Hock--The lowest point of the hind leg.
Spring--Round, or well sprung ribs; not flat.
Shelly--Narrow, shelly body.
Tucked Up--Tucked up loin, as seen in greyhounds.
Upright Shoulders--Shoulders that are set in an upright, instead
of an oblique position.
Leggy--Having the legs too long in proportion to body.
Screw Tail--A tail twisted in the form of a screw.
Kink Tail--A tail with a break or kink in it.
Even Mouthed--A term used to describe a dog whose jaws are neither
overhung nor underhung.
Beefy--Big, beefy hind quarters.
Bully--Where the dog approaches the bulldog too much in
Terrier Type--Where the dog approaches the terrier too much in
Cow-hocked--The hocks turning inward.
Saddle-back--The opposite of roach-back.
Lengthy--Possessing length of body.
Broody--A broody bitch; one whose length of conformation evidences
a likely mother; one who will whelp easily and rear her pups.
Blood--A blood; a dog whose appearance denotes high breeding.
Condition--Another name for perfect health, without superfluous
flesh, coat in the best of shape, and spirits lively and cheerful.
Style--Showy, and of a stylish, gay demeanor.
Listless--Dull and sluggish.
Character--A sub-total of all the points which give to the dog the
desired character associated with his particular variety, which
differentiates him from all other breeds.
Hall-mark--That stamp of quality that distinguishes him from
inferior dogs, as the sterling mark on silver, or the hall-mark on
the same metal in England.