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Find a reputable Boston Terrier Breeder

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We do not breed Boston Terriers - we are just Boston terrier addicts!

We are glad to hear you have been bewitched by Bostons! They are wonderful friends.
We have some great links for you if you are looking to adopt a Boston Terrier puppy.
Over the years we have compiled a list of information on finding a reputable Boston Terrier breeder. Finding a reputable breeder is a very important step because you want a puppy that is healthy and has a wonderful temperament.

First of all, congratulations for looking for a good breeder and not supporting puppymills by buying a puppy from a pet store or from an online puppymill broker.

The information below has many good links to visit to learn about Boston Terriers and finding a healthy Boston Terrier puppy from a reputable breeder. The Widget Puppy Buyers Guide, Sekc's Zoo Puppy Buyers Guide and the BTCA Reputable Breeder Guidelines will give you valuable information about what to look for and what to avoid when looking for a breeder.

After reading the material below, you will be prepared with many questions for the breeders you are researching. Be prepared - a good breeder will have just as many questions (if not more) for you :)

What is a reputable breeder?

The following sites have articles that really are a "must read" if you are considering buying a Boston Terrier puppy.

This is a puppy buyers guide written by a Boston Terrier breeder:
Widget's Puppy Buyers Guide

This is a puppy buyers guide written by Sekc's Zoo. It has photo examples of OFA, CERF & BAER certifications.
Sekc's Zoo Puppy Buyers Guide

The Boston Terrier Club of America (BTCA) how to find a reputable breeder guidelines:

The Boston Terrier Club of America has a breeder referral service - but they don't "vouch" for anyone so ask alot of questions and do your research. Just because a breeder belongs to the club does not mean that they follow to BTCA breeder guidelines and health testing recommendations.

The Pet Dogs L website has a great article called How Do You Know When You've Found a Good Breeder?
It is not Boston specific but has important questions to ask of any breeder before buying a puppy. There is also a good explanation of dog registries.

Boston Terrier Health Issues

Bostons Terriers as a breed can have some health issues - you want to find a breeder who tests for these problems BEFORE they breed. Both parents as well as the puppies should be tested and certified.
You will want to see certifications for these specific tests. Some breeders will tell you that all their dogs are health tested by their vet - this is NOT the same as certified clear of the conditions below. These are tests done by specialists.
Click this link & scroll down to see a real example of an OFA Patella certificate, a CERF test result & certificate and a BAER test.

Patellas (knees) certified through OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals)
Juvenile Cataracts certified through CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation)
Deafness - certified through OFA with BAER Tests (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response test)

Here is the BTCA health information page.

The BTCA has a health certification program and participates in the CHIC registry program. The BTCA health certificate requires the OFA exam for patellas, CERF exam and BAER test. You can see who is registering their health testing results with these programs. Please note that many reputable breeders do health testing and do not register the results online. They will have health certificates to show you. They are proud to show these hard earned certificates.
BTCA health certification program
CHIC Registry database for Boston Terriers

*Please note that there is a DNA test available to determine if a Boston Terrier carries the Juvenile Cataract gene. This is fantastic news and a big advantage for Boston Terriers as a breed. A reputable breeder will have tested the dogs in their breeding program and will have identified which dogs carry the gene. They can then make educated decisions when they breed that dog. The juvenile cataract gene is passed on only if BOTH parents carry the gene.
In our opinion, with this test available why would any breeder who cared about the puppies they produce NOT do health testing?

Health Guarantees & Contracts

Read the contract and guarantee carefully. Many breeders will offer a health guarantee. That may initially make you feel safe. Read more closely and very often the terms of that guarantee offer to exchange your puppy for a new puppy or a refund. That refund is only if you return the puppy to the breeder. Think of the heartbreak of falling in love and bonding with a puppy only to have to return it because s/he is sick or has a genetic condition. Think about the expense of keeping a puppy with a health issue like luxating patellas (LP). On average the surgery to repair LP is $800 - $1500 per knee. Doing your research will pay off.

What To Expect
A reputable breeder does not have many litters each year. You may have to wait until they have puppies. You may also want to consider traveling. If you are prepared to travel, you may increase your options of good breeders to choose from. We drove 10 hours one way to get Bergamot and Emrys - they were well worth the drive!
A responsible breeder will not sell a puppy before they are 8 to 12 weeks old. If a breeder offers to sell a puppy at 5 to 7 weeks - this is a red flag. It is important that the puppies are with their mother and siblings until they are at least 8 weeks old for crucial socialization development.

Boston Terrier Rescue
Another way to add a Boston Terrier to your family is to look into adopting a Boston from a Boston Terrier rescue group. There are many wonderful Bostons waiting to find their forever homes.
Boston Terrier Club of America Rescue.
Find a rescue near you on

We hope these tips will help you find a healthy puppy who will be your friend for many years to come.

More info will be added as we work on making this section as informative and helpful as we can.

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