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The Haggerty Spot is a mark that some Boston Terrier dogs have on top of their heads. It is also known as the Haggerty dot.
It's called the Haggerty Spot because it's coming from one of the first Boston Terrier lines owned by the Haggerty's family back in the 1900s. Many of their Bostons were born with the spot on top of their heads. This marking ended up being associated with their Boston Terrier line. Nowadays, most Boston Terrier dogs who have this marking can be traced to the Haggerty's Boston Terrier line.
While the Haggerty Spot is a unique and distinct marking, it is not a required or recognized trait in the Boston Terrier breed standard. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes only a specific set of coat colors and patterns for Boston Terriers, and the Haggerty Spot is not one of them.
However, many Boston Terrier enthusiasts and breeders consider the Haggerty Spot to be a desirable trait. It is often seen as a sign of a purebred Boston Terrier with a strong lineage.
The Haggerty Spot is also sometimes referred to as a "kiss mark" or "angel kiss," and some owners believe it brings good luck to their dogs.
Do you have a Boston Terrier with the Haggerty Spot?
My Charlie is 6 and has none but both parents do. He was the only red in his litter and both parents were black and white. My Willow is 2, chocolate brindle, and has a closed (joined) haggerty mark. We had puppies in August, 8 of them in her first litter. 2 had very defined haggerty marks, 4 others had closed ones.
My Florence has the Haggerty and she’s 13.5 kg off stunning Boston she’s two in March will bread her then from the litter she came from in Leicester england 4 had the haggerty
My Mona has the perfect spot right in the center of the top of her head nestled on the white between her black ears. She is absolutely a doll and so very spoiled.
My new Boston has a very clear Haggerty spot. She is also CKC registered with a championship bloodline tracing back about 6 generations. I would love to connect the two!
I have a wonderful Boston appropriately named Tank. He has perfect proportionate markings and is a massive 36 pounds of pure muscle! My question is when they have a Haggerty mark, do they tend to be bigger than Boston’s that don’t have one?
Yep – our Hazel Mae has one!
My first Boston had one but it was more of a “smudge” – it touched on her black fur on both sides. My new baby, coming to me in about 10 days, has a perfect, isolated spot.
Our girl Tuxie has one too.❤️
Our Boston Terrier had the same dot.
I love my Boston and so does my wife my Boston is 3 years old her name is Kiki we love her to bits our fir baby.
My rescue Boston Molly has one. She’s my 4th Boston, 2nd with Haggerty Spot. She’s beautiful!
Yes, our Dixon has a Haggerty spot too!
He’s also unusually large. 34 lbs.
My Ruby does indeed have a Haggerty spot and though I have numerous Boston’s in my life, she is the first one I have had that has one! I would love her just the same without it!!
mine does. I’m looking for another boston, and I’m looking for the spot on my new one also
Our girl Miley donut sprinkles is 8 months old , we live in Maine and she has the haggerty spot 😊
Yes, my Bitty has the Hagerty spot. I’ve also heard it referred to “the king’s thumbprint”.
Yes we do a girl Molly from breeder named Maria Bryan QLD.
Yes my dog has the round big dot on his head same as the above picture
We call Bodie’s spot an angel kiss
My Boston girl has a Haggerty spot! We live in Italy!
My Boston has this spot it looked like a diamond when he was a pup! He’s red and white 😊
Yes I do