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So you'd like a Boston Terrier puppy?

READ HERE FIRST!!

Patience Patience Patience! I hope that the reason you are here visiting this site is because you are truly wanting to learn more about the Boston Terrier BEFORE you buy your new puppy. So many people buy a dog/puppy on looks alone - BIG MISTAKE. And usually it is on impulse. The puppy mills count on these types of people to stay in business. I get tons of emails from people looking for breeders in their area with the hopes that they can go out on the next weekend and find their Boston Puppy. I know right off that these people have not researched the breed at all.

Let me just start by saying that it took me a year to find my first Boston, but it was WELL worth the wait. Boston Terriers are a breed like no other and with patience, research and by developing a relationship with the prospective breeder of your puppy, you will acquire a dog like no other!

Boston Terrier litters are very small, 3-4 puppies on average. Most all Boston's are also born c-section. Because of the head conformation of the Boston Terrier (very square and large), puppies during the whelping process have a high probability of getting stuck in the birth canal. This can cause severe injury or death to the puppies and/or the dam if a vet is not immediately present. Most breeders, upon the signs of labor, contact their vet and have the puppies born via c-section in the hopes that all puppies in these small litters will have the best chance at survival. Because our litters are small, the demand for Boston's is usually pretty high. You will not be able to go find a well bred Boston next weekend as a result! Most responsible breeders have waiting lists for puppies. So what does someone do when they have decided that indeed a Boston is the breed for them? Get to know breeders in your area and them you and be PATIENT!

Below are just a few answers to some frequently asked questions about acquiring a Boston Puppy:

Q: How do I find a Breeder in my area?

The Boston Terrier Club Of America's (BTCA) national breeder referral contact is Ms. Billie Bunch. Click on her name to reach her via email.

Q: How can I be sure I have found a reputable breeder?

Here is a fairly complete list of things you should consider when you find someone you are thinking of purchasing a puppy from:

  • Will this person let you inspect their home or kennel where the parents and puppies are being kept and raised?
  • If they do let you visit, Do their facilities appear adequate for the amount of dogs being kept? Can their dogs get free exercise in nice large areas and are they capable of getting appropriate socialization?
  • If they do let you visit, Do their dogs appear to be mannered and interested in YOU and comfortable in the surroundings you see them in OR do they appear to be overly active and interested in anything else but you the majority of the time? This could be a sign of dogs that spend an excessive amount of time in crates or kennels or a sign of temperament problems.
  • Are all records on their dogs available for immediate inspection including, medical/shot records, health certifications, registration papers and certified pedigrees?
  • Will they provide you the name of their regular vet for you to contact?
  • Are they members of BOTH long standing breed (BTCA) and all-breed clubs and do they support rescue and humane societies in their area?
  • Are other breeders in your area familiar with this person (you should consult with all that you can) and do most that you talk with provide you positive feedback on this person?
  • Is this person concerned with ensuring that YOU and YOUR home are right for one of their puppies?
  • Will this person provide you names of those that have purchased puppies from them in the past as references? Are any of these people long time owners of their dogs (greater than three years) that they provide you?
  • Will this person continue to make themselves available to you after you purchase your puppy should you need additional insight, training tips or other support in raising your puppy?
  • Will this person take the puppy back should there be a problem?

Your overall impression of a breeder you are considering purchasing a puppy from should be one of a person that seems more concerned with ensuring their puppy is getting the best home possible. You should feel this person is raising healthy dogs in a clean and well sized environment for the amount of dogs they have and can show you proof that they are breeding to ensure temperament, health and conformational problems are not perpetuated. You should feel this is a person you could have a long term relationship with (15 years). If you have any second thoughts about this person, you should trust those thoughts and feelings and CONTINUE your search.

Boston Terriers are getting really popular right now and those doing anything less than the above rely on a few things:

  • Your impatience to get a Boston now, versus waiting the time it takes to get a quality bred Boston later.
  • Your puppy empathy - Seeing that cute puppy can make people blind to what that puppy might really be in a few years. I've heard people say "I will just know when I see the puppy that is meant for me". Then I hear back in a year or two from them that the dog is needing to be placed or worse due to temperament problems or excessive medical expense.
  • And of course money. Those doing less than the above can keep the expense of raising Boston's down by not providing all of the medical attention, facilities & nutritional management etc., required and happily pass that cost savings on to you in the purchase price of your puppy....

Q: But I don't want a show quality Boston, I just want a Pet so what type of Breeder should I talk to?

Stick with a breeder who is breeding based on the approved AKC Boston Terrier Standard. These people are, for the most part, show breeders. Remember that not every puppy will be show quality! The extreme benefit (in my opinion) of buying your puppy from someone breeding to improve the breed and breeding to create a representation of that standard that would do well in the show ring is that these people typically are VERY familiar with several generations of the dogs in your puppies pedigree. This is so important from the standpoint of health, temperament and conformation. Pet Breeders can usually only tell you about the immediate generation of your puppy's pedigree. A lot of traits in your puppy are more often influenced by grandparents and great grandparents than by the dam and sire!

Q: Are there genetic problems with this breed I should be aware of?

Yes! The most recent study the Boston Terrier Club of America's Health Committee did suggests that Dermatitis, Luxating Patellas, Temperament, Demodex, Elongated Soft Palate, Stenotic Nares, Epilepsy, Inverted Tails, Deafness, and Juvenile Cataracts were of the top concerns. Please visit the Health Committee's website to learn more as some of these problems can be devistating.

Q: Should I consider a Male or Female Boston puppy?

I think most will tell you that a neutered male makes the best pet. I only half agree with this. It really depends on what you want. If you are looking for a family pet, usually a male is the best pet. The females tend to bond a little harder with just one family member whereas the male bonds with the entire family. This isn't true in every case, but is certainly a consideration. Also note that females are much harder to come by than males in this breed. This gets back to the small litters and the limited breedings a female can be subjected to due to c-sectioning.

Q: What do Boston Terrier Puppies cost?

I have to tell you that I hate this question. Cost is relative. When you look at the number of years/months this dog will bring joy and love into your life and divide that by the amount you paid for your puppy you will see it's mere dollars per month. Obviously show quality will cost more than pet quality and usually the females will be priced higher than the males. I really hate to comment on the cost because it has so many factors that differ from breeder to breeder. I recommend to people that when they buy their puppy they also start a savings account or CD for their Boston (I have!). Since Boston's are prone to things like cataracts later in life, you will find the savings comes in handy and will give you great peace of mind knowing you are preparing for your dogs old age!

Q: We are interested in a Wirlwin Puppy? When will you have puppies next?

I don't currently have any litters planned for 2007 but check back as this might change. I do not ship out of state unless it's to a show or pet home that I have personally been to and approved. If you have an interest in a Wirlwin Boston Terrier, you can email us for more information. We will require any prospective owner to submit a completed application. Downloaded it here: BTAPPLICATION. This file is in PDF Format. You can get the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader below if needed.



If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us and we will get back to you (usually takes us about a week to respond). We will also update this page with more of the common types of questions we receive. We hope you find this information helpful and we encourage you to visit our Boston Links page to learn even more about this absolutely wonderful little dog.