After looking at many different photos of Boston Terriers, I started to see some spots on a few of the Boston’s heads. At first, I thought this may have been due to the Boston not being a purebred.
However, I could not have been more wrong. In fact, this unique little spot can trace its history all the way back to a family of breeders in the early 1900s, The Haggerty’s. This family was one of the earliest breeders of Boston’s.
After doing some research on the Haggerty Spot, here is what I found out…
What Is A Haggerty Spot On A Boston Terrier?
The Haggerty Spot or Dot is a marking found on only a select few Boston’s where they have a spot on top of their heads. This particular marking can trace its origins back to the Haggerty family of the early 1900s. The Haggerty Family were well known and respected Boston breeders of their time.
Who Were The Haggerty’s?
As mentioned before, the Haggerty’s were Boston Terrier breeders of the early 1900s. The Haggerty’s, according to the Boston Terrier Club of America, was one of the founding lines of Boston Terrier Breeders.
The Haggerty’s were one of the founding lines of Boston’s because the Boston Terrier had originated roughly a few decades before. Boston’s were still a relatively young breed compared to their ancestors, the Bulldog and White English Terrier.
Haggerty’s were very well known for their Boston breeding. They were even mentioned in Vincent Perry’s 1928 book, “The Boston Terrier.” In Perry’s book, the Haggerty Spot is referred to by Perry as the “Kiss Of God.”
What Are Other Names For The Haggerty Spot?
There are several different names for this spot on top of a Boston Terriers’ head. Here is what I could find others referring to the Haggerty Spot as:
|Kiss Of God|
Pictures Of 5 Boston Terriers With The Haggerty Spot
Here are five Boston Terriers who have the Haggerty Spot on their heads. Some Haggerty Spot’s on these Boston’s are more pronounced than others, but this gives you an idea of what to look out for when searching for the Haggerty markings.
What Is The Breed Coat Standards?
The Boston Terrier can come in three different color coats: brindle, black, or seal (off black with reddish highlights). All three of these colors are matched with a white blaze on the face, a white muzzle, and a white chest. This gives the Boston Terrier his distinct coat looking similar to a tuxedo.
The Haggerty spot is not a disqualifying factor in the standard. However, I’m not sure what a judge would say at a dog show.
I believe the Haggerty Spot on Boston Terriers is genuinely something special. This special dot traces its roots 100 years back. I’m big into ancestry, and this spot is so unique you can truly see how one DNA or gene change can make a difference for generations to come.
If you want to find out more about Boston Terriers, be sure to check out my article covering the breed in complete detail, from health issues to history and more. Click here for the article, The Complete Boston Terrier Breed Profile.
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