Haggerty Spot? What is this Boston Terrier Special Marking?

on January 11, 2023

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.


Why it's called the Haggerty Spot?

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.

Characteristics of the Haggerty Spot

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?

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by Susan Plantz on April 09, 2023

Our girl Tuxie has one too.❤️

by Karen on January 23, 2023

Our Boston Terrier had the same dot.

by Victor Yes my Boston has this spot looks like a triangle on January 14, 2023

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.

by Pedro M Rodriguez on January 13, 2023

My rescue Boston Molly has one. She’s my 4th Boston, 2nd with Haggerty Spot. She’s beautiful!

by Marilyn Bobick Johnson on January 13, 2023

Yes, our Dixon has a Haggerty spot too!
He’s also unusually large. 34 lbs.

by Jo Spence on January 13, 2023

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!!

by Dyrbala Sue on January 12, 2023

mine does. I’m looking for another boston, and I’m looking for the spot on my new one also

by Amanda Sylvia on January 12, 2023

Our girl Miley donut sprinkles is 8 months old , we live in Maine and she has the haggerty spot 😊

by Bonnie Herring on January 12, 2023

Yes, my Bitty has the Hagerty spot. I’ve also heard it referred to “the king’s thumbprint”.

by Deanna Sipple on January 11, 2023

Yes we do a girl Molly from breeder named Maria Bryan QLD.

by Meagon Huard on January 11, 2023

Yes my dog has the round big dot on his head same as the above picture

by Tricia Ziebarth on January 11, 2023

We call Bodie’s spot an angel kiss

by Laura on January 11, 2023

My Boston girl has a Haggerty spot! We live in Italy!

by Hannah on January 11, 2023

My Boston has this spot it looked like a diamond when he was a pup! He’s red and white 😊

by Marcia Goslin on January 11, 2023

Yes I do


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