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How to Find a Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder

  • April 9, 2018
  • By MaggieLovesOrbit
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How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder

My first Boston Terrier came from a puppy mill.  There I said it.  And no I didn’t know it at the time when I purchased her.

I found her online … went to go see her.  A few red flags, parents were not on site.  She really wasn’t very conversational.  Not much being shared about the health or temperament other than making sure I was really clear on the price.

But I was done at the smell of her puppy breath.  I paid my deposit and picked her up a week later.  She was 8 weeks.

I would encounter others in our neighborhood who picked up puppies from the same breeder.  A few puppies had developed major illnesses.  One even passed.  Sounded so odd to hear these stories about the breeder.  Our Zoey had a few health issues.  Her heart was too big.  And she had symptoms of hip problems.  Sadly we lost her too early (neighbor’s dog attacked her).  And I won’t go into it more than that.

So then we had an empty home.  Nothing worse than not having a puppy around.  It was quiet.  I remember we would leave all the time – we didn’t want to be in a home that didn’t have Zoey.

I was determined to find a new Boston Terrier.

How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder

I had to learn patience.  Being that my first puppy was online and fairly immediately available … this was now a waiting game.  Puppies don’t grow on trees you know.

The boston terrier breed has small litters.  Some one.  Some four.  Some more.

We started going to dog shows to see if we could meet some breeders.  I basically threw myself in front of the people showing asking for a puppy.

There wasn’t much of a response.

Basically it was like trying to get to home base on the first date.  That doesn’t happen like that.

How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder
How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder

I really wanted to get a dog from someone who showed dogs.  Not that because I myself was going to show … but I understood that show breeders had a commitment to the line and health of the dog which was above the care a casual breeder might.

Full disclosure and a welcome back program was also the norm for a reputable breeder.  They would let you know all the health issues and be the first to want to take the puppy back home should you not be able to care for it.

And I also learned … show or reputable breeders are just as interested in you as you are in the puppy.  They want to know your profession (can you afford the care of the dog for it’s lifetime); and your schedule and activities …. because they these puppies as extended family.  So they want to make sure they are going to good hands.

So after a few months of chasing the idea of puppies, I joined the local Boston Terrier Club.  And through the club connections, I was able to get referrals to Maggie and then Orbit.

I’m very happy with my two.  And even more, I’ve gained new friends.   The breeders have become the girl’s “grandpuppy parents”.  We communicate and stay in touch.

Because this method has worked for me – it’s what I recommend to those that ask me.  But I know it doesn’t always work like that for everyone so here’s a few more notes:

  • Start off by looking up the National Boston Terrier Club website.
  • Look for the local breeders in your area and call them.
  • Keep in mind 95% of (reputable show) breeders are not going be online.  The reason is the transaction of puppies going into new homes is relationship based and most of this happens at the dog shows or dog clubs or referrals.  And so most puppies are spoken for or have a long waiting list.
  • Just because someone says they are “AKC” registered doesn’t mean the puppy is healthy or comes from a line that meets breed standards.  AKC registration is just paperwork someone files.
  • Always ask for health testing records.
  • Ask about the welcome back program.
  • See if you can visit the breeder’s home and meet the puppies.
  • Ask if the parents are on site.
  • Interestingly enough – reputable breeders also won’t let you bring the puppy home until they are between 10 and 12 weeks of age.  The additional time allows the puppy to learn more from their litter.
  • If you’re looking for two puppies, reputable breeders will not let you take two littermate puppies home to avoid littermate syndrome.

Now these are just some cliff notes of what you should ask your breeder.

Instead of recreating the list – I urge you to do your own research and reading.  A complete list of all your questions can be found by reading through the Boston Terrier National Club site.

Boston Terriers are lovable, comical and sweet pet companions.  My two have brought me so much joy and wish you the very best as you look for yours.

I’ll leave you with more photos of Maggie and Orbit playing below.

Disclosure: Their shirts were sent to us by Canada Pooch – a brand that we vouch for and asides from the complimentary apparel we have received – we’re also customers and buy from them when we are gifting to our best Boston Terrier friends.

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How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder
How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder
How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder
How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder
How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder
How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder
How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder
How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder
How to Find a  Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder
By MaggieLovesOrbit, April 9, 2018
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