Before You Buy
I would like to take a moment to tell you a little about my breeding philosophy and how I place puppies.
Many people are only interested in a "good pet" and do not see the importance of buying from a "show breeder". After all, they reason, They are “only getting a pet” so why should they bother to try to get it from a good breeder? And there is a lot of confusion about just what a puppy having AKC papers means. Some people believe that if the puppy has "papers", then it’s good quality, right? Wrong. AKC is a registry, and as such, the papers from the registry only attest to the fact that the dog is a pure-bred Boston Terrier, not that it is a quality, pure-bred Boston Terrier. There are "backyard breeders" and "puppy mills" that produce mountains of pure-bred Boston Terriers, but these so called "Breeders" don’t pay attention to which dog gets bred to whom (and what good health or structure will be produced in their offspring), and most backyard breeders and smaller outfits often breed close relatives generation after generation, never once checking or even caring to see if they are producing devastating hereditary defects.
If you’re looking to add a family member to your life for the next 12-15 years, you’ll do well to spend a bit of extra time now, before you buy the puppy, to find a breeder who is doing everything possible to produce mentally, physically and genetically sound Bostons.
As a "Show Breeder" and a "Natural Rearing Breedier" it is my goal to produce "healthy" puppies that conform to the Standard as closely as possible. The Boston Terrier Standard was developed to give breeders a description of the ideal Boston. By breeding to the standard, we are ensuring that future generations will continue to look like Boston Terriers, and not lose the uniqueness that makes them stand apart.
Dog Shows are competitions where breeders show their stock and get a judge's opinion on how well they are doing. In a dog show, the judge compares each dog to the standard, not to another dog. The dogs that he/she feels is closest to the ideal is the one that wins that day. So to show breeders, all puppies are evaluated on how they, too, compare to the standard. When I evaluate a puppy, it is with an eye to the future, with the hopes of someday showing it. When a puppy does well in the show ring, it is a confirmation that I am on the right path in my breeding program.
When I breed, I try to make the best match that will produce the nicest puppies. While not every puppy in a litter will make the grade, those that do look promising should be given the opportunity to shine. Therefore, when you see a puppy that is labeled "Show Potential" or "Available to show home", that means that I feel this puppy has qualities that will enable it to be competitive in the ring someday. While I may be willing to sell this puppy to a pet home, I would ideally like to find a home where the pup may be shown someday, if they continue to develop to their potential. Because I do health testing on the Sires and Dams and am so particular who I do breed and to whom, those pups I do produce are like gold to me. I really don't want to throw their potential away.
I understand that this can be very frustrating to the person who is simply looking for a pet puppy. I have sold several promising pups to non-show homes, and though I don't regret the sales, it is difficult knowing that those pups are 'lost' to me, and their potential will never be known.
So with this in mind, please be very careful before committing to buying a show-potential puppy, not just from me, but from any breeder. Do not be unfair by promising to show the dog, and then finding one excuse after another not to. Showing can be a very rewarding endeavor, and many people who try it end up getting 'bit by the bug'. Children can learn valuable lessons about responsibility and sportsmanship by competing in Junior Showmanship, Obedience and Agility. But having a show dog takes commitment, time, and money. It is not a hobby to be taken lightly. Many Boston Breeders are like myself, very small-scale, but dedicated. We do not have the resources to keep every promising pup ourselves, but are willing to let them go to others who want to get a good start. All that we ask in return is that the fruits of our efforts are not wasted. We will go to great lengths to help and mentor newcomers. We see you as the future in the breed. And we want to make sure that the breed is in good hands. So that means that we will be a little choosy about the homes that our pups go to. I hope you understand.
Here is a great little article on the difference between paying $800.00 for a puppy and payingr $1000.00 or more. "The Difference"
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