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Boston Terrier Breeder Referral
Are Thinking About Adding A Boston Terrier To Your Family?
Choosing a Boston Terrier as a member of the family is serious business. Its one of the few times in your life you will be able to choose a member of your own family. You must take the time to search for the right Boston Terrier and the right breeder.
There are many ways to locate Boston Terrier breeders and one is through our Breeder Referral, Ms. Billie Bunch at: firstname.lastname@example.org We have also have a list of BTCA Affiliate Clubs so that you can contact their representatives for suggestions. If they have an upcoming show or trial you can observe many Bostons at one location and talk to various breeders. You can talk to or visit with different breeders to find one whose goals for their dogs meet your needs.
We strongly recommend that you do not buy from a pet shop. It is a violation of BTCA Code of Ethics for BTCA registered Boston Terries to be sold in pet shops.
It is considered best for both the puppy and the new owner that puppies do not go to their new home until they are at least 9 weeks of age. Weaning usually takes place from 5 to 6 weeks of age, and this gives the puppies a few more weeks to socialize with their littermates and get past the stress of weaning.
WHAT TO ASK WHEN YOU VISIT WITH THE BREEDER
Ask for the names of several references of people who have purchased puppies from them. Talk to these owners to see if and spend some time with the dam (and sire if on the premises)see if their dogs seem like the type you are looking for. The breeder should provide a sanitary environment for their dogs and puppies, proper medical care and adequate attention and exercise. They should also patiently and thoroughly answer any questions you have, whether on housebreaking, health, training, competition or breeding. If they are unable to do these things, look elsewhere for a reputable breeder. Buying from a breeder who fails to give basic care to their dogs, who is unknowledgeable or doesn't have time for you or their dogs simply rewards sloppy breeding practices.
Conscientious breeders have specific goals for the dogs they raise. Ask why they chose to use this particular sire for this dam. What do they consider faults of the sire and dam. Do they consider these show, working, pet, etc. puppies? Ask the breeder which pup they would consider to be the best for you and why. Concerned breeders want to place each pup in the home that is the best match for it. Again, consider what traits are important to you.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A BREEDER
The guarantee should specify the conditions under which you are due a refund or replacement, should the puppy develop a hereditary disease. Be aware that neither a written guarantee nor health clearances on the parents can completely prevent the development of a health problem in a puppy later on; however, breeders who screen the parents for hereditary diseases are helping to ensure that it is less likely that such defects will be passed on. Many hereditary conditions have either a recessive mode of inheritance or are polygenic, meaning they are controlled by many genes. Some hereditary diseases that Bostons are susceptible to are eye defects (such as juvenile cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and iris colobomas, among others), deafness, luxating patellas and autoimmune disorders.
What kind of health guarantee do they give?
What deworming schedule has the puppy been on and the dates?
What has the puppy been eating and what is his schedule?
WHAT A BREEDER SHOULD EXPECT FROM YOU
Is A Boston Terrier Right For You?
Let me start out by saying that Boston Terriers are very special dogs that can do special things. They are highly intelligent and learn quickly. They do very well in Obedience, Agility, Flyball, Therapy work and even Weight pulling! Most of all they excel at being your "best friend"!
However, they are not for everyone.
Boston Terriers are very active dogs that love to play. Without some basic training they may jump on you and maybe even give little nips while playing. Some Bostons have been given up for adoption or dropped off at the local "dog pound" for these very reasons.
Boston Terriers are also prone to some health problems, some of which require expensive Veterinary attention. If you would like to know more about some of these health problems, please visit Our Health Site.
We are NOT trying to discourage you from adopting a Boston into your life, We just want you to be aware that these wonderful dogs have become very popular and because they are so "cute", many people have run out to buy them before doing their homework, so to speak. There are quite a few Boston Terriers being bred without regard to their health or temperament and ending up in the pound or worse.
Please, buy ONLY from a reputable breeder that has health clearances on their dogs and is willing to stand behind that puppy's health and welfare for the rest of its life.
Learn how to find a "reputable breeder" by Clicking Here
The BTCA has a Breeder Referral Committee for the benefit of those looking for a reputable breeder.
PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY AND COMPLETELY.
The Boston Terrier Club of America [hereinafter referred to as "BTCA"] maintains a breeders referral list of BTCA members who have signed the BTCA's Codes of Ethics and Conduct and have requested to be listed. This breeders referral list is not published and is for the sole purpose of reference only.
These members are in good standing with the BTCA, but under no circumstances does the BTCA guarantee the services or dogs of any said member(s) nor does it assume any responsibility or liability regarding any agreements you may enter in with any of the breeders listed.
The BTCA does not recommend or endorse any one breeder, nor does it recommend, guarantee, or rate breeders or their stock. Under no circumstances does the BTCA promote the sale of puppies through businesses or professionals such as pet shops, wholesalers, commercial dealers, or paid agents.
Buyers should check all matters relating to AKC registration, health, and quality before making any decision to purchase a dog.
The BTCA does not and cannot guarantee or accept any responsibility or liability of any kind for the quality, health, or temperament of any dog; nor for the warranty, guarantee, integrity, honesty, reliability, expressed or implied, by any BTCA member who requested to be included on this list.
All such warranties, guarantees, promises, or any other aspect of animals a buyer may purchase from a BTCA member on this listing are between buyer(s) and seller(s) as individuals.
You may contact Ms. Billie Bunch at: email@example.com
Billie will be able to provide you with a listing of BTCA breeders by State.
Please be aware that Billie, like many BTCA members, often goes to dog shows on the weekends. Your answer might be late in arriving during the show seasons. Thank you for your considerations.
For a list of BTCA Member's Websites, click HERE.