The name Bostinese is a combination of the names of its two parent breeds: the Boston Terrier and Pekingese. The Boston Terrier is named after its city of origin, Boston, Massachusetts and was brought to the United States from England in 1865. Bred with various dogs, notably the French Bulldog, the fun breed we know today was the result. From 1905 to 1939, the Boston Terrier was the most popular dog in the United States and remains beloved in the county to this day. It was recognized by the AKC in 1893. The other parent breed, the Pekingese, originated in China and is one of the oldest known dog breeds. In fact, it was named after the capital city of China, Peking, now Beijing. The Chinese believed this breed was the manifestation of the mythical “Foo” dog that drove away evil spirits. As such, Pekingese were treasured by the royal families in imperial China. They were fiercely protected until the 1860s when several Pekingese were smuggled out of China by Western European forces during the Second Opium War. The breed quickly became a favorite in the United Kingdom and spread to North America in the late 1800s, where they were recognized by the AKC in 1909. Due to the long history of its parent breeds in North America, the Bostinese is thought to have been breed sporadically for nearly a century. It has only recently been recognized as an designer breed, though not by the AKC. Therefore, Bostinese breeders should be thoroughly researched if you are considering purchasing a puppy from them.