To Breed or Not to Breed

Anyone can breed dogs, but not everyone has what it takes to be a responsible breeder.
To see if you might have the qualifications, take this quiz.

1. Responsible breeding starts with the selection of quality breeding prospects. Which of the following is true?

a. I have selected dogs having AKC registration.
b. I have selected dogs that are not only registered with the AKC, but are outstanding specimens of the breed,
who conform to the breed standard and have worked toward or completed their AKC championship title.
c. I have selected dogs having sound health and temperaments, and whose traits are complimentary to each
d. My goals in breeding include the long term betterment of the breed, and the results of my endeavors will show that.

2. Responsible breeding is a time-consuming and expensive undertaking. Which of the following concerns are valid?

a. Pre whelping care and expenses could be considerable, and I have set aside enough money and enough
time to adequately care for the dam.
b. Whether or not a c-section is required, it should always be planned for. I have discussed the possibility with
my regular vet, am aware of the cost, but have also I have set aside money to cover the
costs of an emergency c-section, in the event that my regular vet cannot be reached at the time of labor.
c. I am willing to provide around the clock care for my dam and puppies, at least for the first few weeks.
d. I have a warm, quiet and safe environment set aside in my home for the whelping pen. I have all the required
supplies on hand: heating elements, scales, a complete whelping kit for dogs, supplementary feeding supplies.

3. Responsible breeding means that the prospective parents have been screened for inherited birth defects,
which might include the following tests:

a. CERF, to screen for cataracts or other inheritable eye diseases.
b. BAER, to determine that the dog can hear in both ears.
c. OFA of hips and patellas, to screen against hip dysphasia and luxating patellas.

4. A responsible breeder provides the following care for puppies before they are placed in a home:
a. Has provided at least two series of initial immunizations, and dew claw removal.
b. Proper socialization: the puppies should have ample interaction with the mother, siblings, and other
members of the household, and should meet as many different people as possible (when it is safe to do so).
c. Thoroughly screens each potential new owner, making sure that they are a good a match for the puppy’s personality,
and can provide adequate care and nurturing.

5. A responsible breeder provides the following services after the puppy leaves for a new home:

a. Follows up to make sure the pup is adjusting well.
b. Answers any questions the new owners might have, and continually offer support.
c. Agrees to take that puppy back, willingly, and for the life of that dog, should any problem arise where it is necessary for the puppy to leave the new home.

Of course all the answers are correct!! But there is much more involved than was even touched on in this quiz.
If you have agreed with all the responses here and still feel that breeding is for you, then you have years of study,
work, joy, loss, heartache, smiles, tears, friends, foes, and fears ahead of you. Good luck! (oh yes, you need that too).

Submitted by
Katie Cleary

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Breeder of Merit

The Boston Terrier is said to be the first “manmade” dog in the United States, often being
referred to as The American Gentleman. Several breeds were used to make up the Boston Terrier.

The French Bulldog, English Bulldog, German Boxer, and the American or Pit Bull Terrier
are listed as progenitors. This is the reason, I believe, why we have different types of
Bostons: some resembling the terrier side; some taking more characteristics from the bulldog.
The Boston was larger in the earlier days, within the 20 to 30 pound, range, but, over the
years, the size has been reduced to an average of 15 pounds. Though the body was bred
to a smaller size, the BT still thinks itself to be of the larger size… he has a “big dog” mentality
, showing no fear. The Boston is not truly aggressive in nature, but, usually, will not back
down from a fight, if challenged.
The early records tell us that the first AKC Bostons were brindle and white and were living
in the Boston, Massachusetts area. They were first recognized by he AKC in 1893 and were
listed as Terrier (Boston). There was at one time a listing of the “Toy Boston Terrier”. They had
to be under 15 pounds at the age of 12 months to be listed as Toys. There is no longer a
division of Toys in the Boston Terrier. Boston Terriers are now listed in the Non-Sporting
Group with the AKC, and shown as 15 pounds and under, and 15 pounds and over in the
classes, but compete equally in the winners’ classes and the Best of Breed competition.
Over the years the standard has changed, as the Boston developed into the wonderful
little dog that we now see. The colors that are now listed as acceptable in the Boston Terrier
standard are Brindle & White, Black & White, and Seal & White. The weight is not to exceed
25 pounds. The body should have a square appearance, with bone and muscle in proportion.
The Boston is born with little to no tail. Boston tails can be twisted, cork screwed, or kinked
The temperament of the Boston is friendly, with a high degree of intelligence. They have a
great deal of determination and will need patience to train. The BT is a great dog for children,
for they are always looking for someone to play with. They never seem to tire out. When
there is a Boston in the house, there should be a toy box full of tug toys and chew toys,
and even some soft cuddle toys.
The coat of the Boston is very short and needs little grooming. A quick bath and a soft
brushing is all that is needed. They do shed, but due to the shortness of the coat, it does
not seem to be a complaint from BT owners. The one draw-back of the short coat is that
the Boston is an indoor dog and cannot stand to be out in the cold for very long. You will
find that most Bostons love to sleep under the covers, whether they are on your bed or
a special bed you have made up for them.



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