Boston Terrier Club of America

Official National Breed Club of "The American Gentleman"

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How to Find a Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder

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If you are looking for a puppy to buy, PLEASE, buy from a reputable breeder not a “back yard breeder, a “Kitchen” breeder, pet store or a puppy mill. These people have no idea what goes into producing a fine, healthy, sound tempermented specimen typical of the breed. They have no more intention of standing behind this puppy than does the pet store beyond the usual 48 hour health guarantee. Neither the pet store nor the backyard breeder is capable or willing to be there at 2 am when you’re concerned that perhaps there’s something wrong with the puppy. Although you might pay less for the breed of your choice from a pet store or backyard breeder, it’s almost a given that in the long run, you’ll pay a good deal more in vet bills and perhaps emotional bills (if the dog has to be euthanized due to a health or temperament problem), than you would from a reputable breeder.

A reputable breeder is a person who is breeding to “improve and preserve” the breed.

A reputable breeder will sell their puppies with a health guarantee and a sales contract.

NOTE: No breeder can guarantee against all hereditary diseases, but a reputable breeder is well informed about their breeds health issues, routinely tests for them, and informs prospective puppy buyers of any problems they have found. Buying from a reputable breeder is your best bet for a healthy pup. They should be able to show you the certificates on their dogs.

Good, reputable breeders do not advertise in the newspaper because they get more than enough referrals from other good breeders and their breed clubs. They produce good health, good temperament, and good conformation, and there is often a waiting list for their pups

A reputable breeder will ask you many questions, may even ask you to fill out an application. He/she will ask about your family, lifestyle, previous dogs you have had, your experience, your yard, and your plans for your pup. He/she might even require references. He/she is not being nosy. They just cares about the pups they has brought into this world, and wants to place them in the best home possible. They want to be sure this is not just an impulse buy that will result in the dog needing a new home in a year. Be leery of a breeder who will sell their pups to just anyone, no questions asked.

A reputable breeder is willing to show you their facilities. You should be able to meet the dam. There will probably even be other dogs: aunts, uncles, cousins, of the litter available. Breeders are usually very proud of their dogs and love to show them off! The sire of the litter may not be available, as often the best match for a particular bitch is a different kennel’s dog. But there should be photos, pedigrees, and health test results of the sire for you to see. They should be able to provide references of satisfied puppy buyers. Follow up, ask those people if they are happy with their dog.

Reputable breeders are usually actively involved in the dog fancy. Ask what clubs they are members of. What activities they do with their dogs. They should be regularly showing their dogs in conformation, as that is how good breeders know they are on the right track with their breeding program.

The reputable breeder will stand behind his breeding and the puppy. You should be required to sign a contract for any puppy you buy. This contract should include a health guarantee for a certain period of time, and a clause stating the breeder requires that the Boston (or what ever breed) be returned to them if you should ever decide to not keep it (no matter what age or what reason). If the pup is sold as a pet, it should include a spay/neuter clause. It should list the medical treatment the pup has received, including any vaccinations and any parasites it was treated for.

A reputable breeder should strive for the best health, temperament, and conformation. They should have a strong interest in the health and welfare of all Bostons (or their breed) and their future. Their motive with each breeding should be to try to maintain the breed’s unique characteristics, produce dogs that very closely adhere to the AKC breed standard, while always considering the health and temperaments of the dogs they produce.

The AKC is just a registering organization. AKC registration papers do not guarantee quality, only that the pup’s parents were also registered. It is up to you as a consumer to do your homework when deciding where to get your puppy. Beware of breeders who scoff at health testing, saying their line is problem free. DO NOT buy in haste. Be willing to wait for a pup that has the best chance of living a long healthy life. The purchase price is only a small percentage of the money you will spend on a companion you will have for years. Increase your chances of a healthy pup by following the above guidelines when choosing a breeder.

Boston Terrier Breeder Referral

Use the locator tool below to find a breeder by zip code.

A list of members outside of the USA, are located on our Members Websites page.


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BTCA members, contact liaison Sonya Baird by email here to opt-in to the breeder locator system. Enrollment must be requested. Listing specifics can be found HERE.

BTCA Members Websites

We offer these links below as a resource only. Information contained on other web sites, with direct links from this web site, are not necessarily the opinion of the Boston Terrier Club of America, Inc. or the Webmaster. The BTCA does not endorse any dogs/puppies offered for sale on these sites.

Boston Terrier Affiliate Clubs

Check out our 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.

AKC Breeder Referral Search

Search for Local Club Breeder Referral Officers on the American Kennel Club website for dog clubs that may be near you. Many clubs have breeder referral contacts who may be able to help you find a breeder in your area.

If you need assistance with finding a breeder, please contact Sandie Friend: