The Boston Cattle Dog is a perfect balance between the Australian Cattle Dog and the Boston Terrier. Although it is a rare breed, the Boston Cattle Dog has become quite popular in the last decade. Their intelligence, loyalty, and affection combined with attractive looks and lively personality drive their success. While their history is vague, if we look at the parent dog history it can provide a sense of what the Boston Cattle Dog has gained from its lineage. The Australian Cattle Dog ancestors were brought to Australian with the early settlers but were unable to handle the long distances and inhospitable climate of the new continent. The pioneer settlers developed the Australian Cattle Dog (during 1800s) by crossing the Dingo-blue merle Collies to Dalmatians as well as black and tan Kelpies. There is a rumour that the Bull Terrier breed may have been added as well. The result was a dog that excelled working on the large ranches herding cattle. The dry dusty hot conditions didn’t affect them, and they had amazing stamina. In 1893 Robert Kaleski wrote the standard for the breed which was approved in 1903. It was in 1980 that the breed was recognized by the AKC. The Australian Cattle Dog is respected for its herding, guarding, retrieving, agility, competitive obedience and performing tricks. The Boston Terrier was bred down in size from the pit-fighting dogs of the bull and terrier types. These stylish little dogs originated in Boston, Massachusetts making it one of the few breeds developed in the USA. The original Boston Terrier was a cross between the English Bulldog and the now extinct English white Terrier. By 1889 the Boston Terrier had become popular, and the American Bull Terrier Club was formed, but the name was not well liked by Bull Terrier owners. It was finally renamed the Boston Terrier after its birthplace. The Boston Terrier has mellowed a lot from his history as a pit fighting dog and now is a loveable popular dog. With all this history, it explains the Boston Cattle Dogs growing popularity.