Fawn Boston Terrier Info and History

The following link from Animal Genetics explains the FAWN coloring in the Boston Terrier which is in the 'A Locus'/ "K Locus"



The following pertains to Colored Boston Terriers of which Fawn is included.

History suggests the Colored Boston Terrier originated in the United States around the year 1865.  The breed was initially bred for its wonderful capacity as a devoted companion. Various breeds were used to create the early sought-after appearance and type. The principle breeds used were the same as that of the Boston Terrier (English and French Bulldogs, and the now extinct English White Terrier).  Many colors and patterns were known to exist within those foundation breeds, so they were passed on within the genetic makeup of the Colored Boston Terrier. The addition of a noted Blue and White Dog from Scotland, and a number of Red and Red Brindle dogs from various places gave way to even more color in their make up. 


Brindle Pattern was definitely the preferred color among early fanciers of the breed, in particular seal brindle. Breeders tried to maintain this color by an apparently reasonable method: breeding seal brindle, to seal brindle. But they eventually discovered to their disappointment this did not produce the desired results, but in fact intensified the dark genes. The common color brindle was gradually being replaced by black.

Experienced breeders began to realize that in order to continue to produce brindle, they needed to lighten and introduce color. A breeding scheme was developed of what colors were needed, combined with studying specific dog’s ancestries in their efforts.

 Few breeders were aware of how to keep from producing the ever-darkening color, resulting in a steady increase in the number of black and whites.  Because black was becoming so hopelessly prevalent, the former attitude considering black as undesirable was replaced with gradual acceptance. Breeders soon used black extensively in their programs and ultimately many of the colors almost disappeared.

In spite of the widespread intent to eliminate the older and unique colors of those early days in Boston Terriers, there have been several dedicated Colored Boston Terrier breeders focused on preserving them. Today’s Colored Boston Terrier is different in type than its early ancestors, having become gradually more refined over time. However, thanks to those breeders who were undeterred by discrimination, the beautiful colors of the early days are as present today as they were in the creation of the breed.

Clubs/Registries Supporting the breed:


The American Kennel Club will register a Colored Boston Terrier with its correct color, but as a Boston Terrier. The Boston Terrier Club of America has set the standard for the Boston Terrier and excludes most Colored Boston Terriers from Conformation showing, though they can compete in any other AKC Venue.


American Kennel Club Special Services

8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617-3390
Telephone: 919.233.9767



At present the United Canine Association, the Champion Canine Club, and the International Canine Kennel Club accepts Colored Boston Terriers for Conformation shows. Each has their own standard for the breed.  We feel that the International Canine Kennel Clubs Standard is the best representation for the breed.  They are shown as a separate variety of Boston Terriers but compete against traditional Boston terriers in group.






The All Color Boston Terrier Club is the Governing Club, with chapters all over the United States. They have a board forum with close to 100 members, and website. They participate in Dog Events of all Venues including The America’s Family Pet Expo, Health Testing Clinics, Public and Breeder Education, and Color Genetic Studies.


Their contact information is below:


All Color Boston Terrier Club


14080 Palm Dr.

Suite D, PMB 228

Desert Hot Springs, CA






Established Breed Standard:

Colored Boston Terrier Standard for International Canine Kennel Club


General Appearance: The Colored Boston Terrier is a lively, highly intelligent, smooth coated, short-headed, compactly built, short tailed, well balanced dog. The head is in proportion to the size of the dog and the expression indicates a high degree of intelligence.

The body is rather short and well knit, the limbs strong and neatly turned, the tail is short and no feature is so prominent that the dog appears badly proportioned. The dog conveys an impression of determination, strength and activity, with style of a high order; carriage easy and graceful. A proportionate combination of "Color and White Markings" is a particularly distinctive feature of a representative specimen.

"Balance, Expression, Color and White Markings" should be given particular consideration in determining the relative value of GENERAL APPEARANCE to other points.


Size, Proportion, Substance: Weight is classified for adults to not be under 10 pounds or over 25 pounds. The length of leg must balance with the length of body to give the Colored Boston Terrier its striking square appearance. The Colored Boston Terrier is a sturdy dog and must not appear to be either spindly or coarse. The bone and muscle must be in proportion as well as an enhancement to the dog's weight and structure. Fault: Blocky or chunky in appearance.  Serious fault:  Adults under 10 or over 25 pounds. Influence of Sex: In a comparison of specimens of each sex, the only evident difference is a slight refinement in the bitch's conformation.


Head: The skull is square, flat on top, free from wrinkles, cheeks flat, brow abrupt and the stop well defined. The ideal Colored Boston Terrier expression is alert and kind, indicating a high degree of intelligence. This is a most important characteristic of the breed. The eyes are wide apart, large and round and dark in color preferably. The eyes are set square in the skull and the outside corners are on a line with the cheeks as viewed from the front. The ears are small, carried erect, either natural or cropped to conform to the shape of the head and situated as near to the corners of the skull as possible. The muzzle is short, square, wide and deep and in proportion to the skull. It is free from wrinkles, shorter in length than in width or depth; not exceeding in length approximately one-third of the length of the skull. The muzzle from stop to end of the nose is parallel to the top of the skull. The nose is any color and wide, with a well defined line between the nostrils.

Disqualify: Dudley nose. The jaw is broad and square with short regular teeth. The bite is even or sufficiently undershot to square the muzzle. The chops are of good depth, but not pendulous, completely covering the teeth when the mouth is closed.

Serious Fault: Wry mouth. Head Faults: Eyes showing too much white or haw. Pinched or wide nostrils. Size of ears out of proportion to the size of the head. Serious Head Faults: Any showing of the tongue or teeth when the mouth is closed.  Eyes blue in color or any trace of blue.


Neck, Topline and Body: The length of neck must display an image of balance to the total dog. It is slightly arched, carrying the head gracefully and setting neatly into the shoulders. The back is just short enough to square the body. The topline is level and the rump curves slightly to the set-on of the tail. The chest is deep with good width, ribs well sprung and carried well back to the loins. The body should appear short. The tail is set on low, short, fine and tapering, straight or screw and must not be carried above the horizontal. (Note: The preferred tail does not exceed in length more than one-quarter the distance from set-on to hock.) Disqualify: Docked tail. Body Faults: Gaily carried tail. Serious Body Faults: Roach back, sway back, slab-sided.


Forequarters: The shoulders are sloping and well laid back, which allows for the Boston Terrier's stylish movement. The elbows stand neither in nor out. The forelegs are set moderately wide apart and on a line with the upper tip of the shoulder blades. The forelegs are straight in bone with short, strong pasterns. The dewclaws may be removed. The feet are small, round and compact, turned neither in nor out, with well arched toes and short nails. Faults: Legs lacking in substance; splay feet.


Hindquarters: The thighs are strong and well muscled, bent at the stifles and set true. The hocks are short to the feet, turning neither in nor out, with a well defined hock joint. The feet are small and compact with short nails. Fault: Straight in stifle.


Gait: The gait of the Colored Boston Terrier is that of a sure footed, straight gaited dog, forelegs and hind legs moving straight ahead in line with perfect rhythm, each step indicating grace and power. Gait Faults: There will be no rolling, paddling, or weaving, when gaited. Hackney gait. Serious Gait Faults: Any crossing movement, either front or rear.


Coat: The coat is short, smooth, bright and fine in texture.


Color and Markings Any color not accepted in the traditional Boston Terrier standard is acceptable, including, but not limited to:  Red, Blue, Fawn, Cream, and Lilac and their variations.

Disqualify: Merle.

Disqualify: Solid colors without required white markings.

Required Markings: White muzzle band, white blaze between the eyes, white forechest.

Desired Markings: White muzzle band, even white blaze between the eyes and over the head, white collar, white forechest, white on part or whole of forelegs and hind legs below the hocks. (Note: A representative specimen should not be penalized for not possessing "Desired Markings."


A dog with a preponderance of white on the head or body will not be penalized granted all other qualities meet the standard. 


Temperament: The Colored Boston Terrier is a friendly and lively dog. The breed has an excellent disposition and a high degree of intelligence, which makes the Colored Boston Terrier an incomparable companion.


Summary: The clean-cut short backed body of the Colored Boston Terrier coupled with the unique characteristics of his square head and jaw, and his striking markings have resulted in a most dapper and charming dog.


Scale of Points

General Appearance                                         10

Expression                                                        10

Head (Muzzle, Jaw, Bite, Skull & Stop)            15

Eyes                                                                 5

Ears                                                                 5

Neck, Topline, Body & Tail                              15

Forequarters                                                     10

Hindquarters                                                     10

Feet                                                                 5

Color, Coat & Markings                                   5

Gait                                                                  10

Total                                                                100


Dudley nose.

Docked tail.

Solid colors without required white markings.

Merle coloring.



Purpose of the Colored Boston Terrier

Functions of this Existing Breed:

The Colored Boston Terrier is unsurpassed as a family pet. Patient with children, always ready to play, Colored Bostons have lively, fun-loving personalities, generally making friends with everyone. They are highly entertaining, intelligent, and occasionally silly.  There is a distinctly endearing charm to their chubby faces, made all the more irresistible by their flat muzzles and large expressive eyes. Although Colored Bostons enjoy playmates and often thrive on another creature’s company, they can be quarrelsome with other dogs of the same sex. As with all breeds, there are variations from the norm among individuals, but in regard to personality and character, Colored Boston Terriers tend to consistently live up to their reputation as an all time great family companion.

Breed Group and Breed Uniqueness from other Existing Breeds:

Much like the Boston Terrier, the Colored Boston Terrier should be in the Non-Sporting/Companion group. 

The Colored Boston Terrier is unique from the existing Boston Terrier in that they come in different colors such as Fawn, Blue, Cream, Red, Lilac, Pied/Splash patterning and Tri-Color, with the appropriate white for all colors except Pied/Splash.  These colors at present are NOT accepted for Conformation showing in AKC/UKC.  As previously stated, the American Kennel Club will register most colors on paper, but the Boston Terrier Club of America’s breed standard excludes these colors from showing conformation.  It should be noted the only UNACCEPTABLE color for a Colored Boston Terrier is Merle.  The importance of this fact should be clearly known.      


Plans of Development for the Colored Boston Terrier

Increasing Awareness and Growth Potential

At present there is a breed club the All Color Boston Terrier Club that has been in existence for well over 7 years. The Club is preserving the Oldest Colors of the Make Up of the Breed, that were at one time through culling and breeding had almost disappeared.  This club has been responsible for getting the Colored Boston Terrier accepted for Conformation showing by the United Canine Association, Champion Canine Club and International Canine Kennel Club (Thousands of pictures are available upon request.)  The Club is also promoting members to compete in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Splash Dog, Fly Ball, and Service Dogs showing how versatile and willing to please the Colored Boston Terrier is.

The Club has also represented, and educated the General Public on the Colored Boston Terrier at the America’s Family Pet Expo in California for the last four years.

The Club advocates all the major health testing that Boston Terriers in general need such as the Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response hearing test (BAER), the Canine Eye Registration Foundation eye disease test (CERF), the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals Patellar Luxation testing (OFA), Animal Genetics, the VetGen or Animal Health Trust DNA Juvenile Hereditary Cataract Testing (JHC/JVC test), and the OFA Congenital Cardiac Disease testing just to name a few, and actively holds Health Testing Clinics at Shows, Meetings and when ever possible.

The Club hopes to educate those that have incorrectly registered their Colored Bostons as “seal” to contact AKC and have them registered as their proper color to get a more accurate count of how many Colored Boston Terriers are in existence.

The Club also hopes to help Boston Terriers of all colors that are in rescue or foster homes to help find them housing and facilitate the healing process for abused and neglected Boston Terriers through financial donation. 


The obstacles for the Colored Boston Terrier exist in the Boston Terrier Club of America.  In 1891 the Standard for the Boston Terrier for Color reads: COLOR: Any color, brindle, evenly marked with white, strongly preferred. The standard has been changed twice since the original to exclude all color but brindle, then changed again to accept black/white and seal.  Many are staunchly opposed to Colored Boston Terriers showing conformation in AKC.  The establishment of the Colored Boston Terrier as a SEPARATE breed or Variety all together should alleviate some of the problems mentioned. 

There are many Colored Boston Terrier breeders breeding only for color with a disregard to Health and Conformation.  Initial exhibitioners of the Colored Boston Terrier should have dogs that adhere strongly to the breed standard.  As far as health, it is understood that a registry and conformation shows can not validate health, but it would benefit the breed to have breeders adhere to a Breeder’s Code of Ethics and health test dogs to be used for breeding.