Are your dogs Canadian Kennel Club Registered (CKC)?Yes! In some cases, our breeding stock is also AKC and/or FCI registered if imported. All of our puppies are CKC registered and our pet puppies are sold with Limited Registration.
Do you offer a health guarantee?Yes. Since most of the serious breed problems arise before one year of age, we offer a one year health guarantee (until 14 months of age). Please view our Pet Puppy Contract/Guarantee for more information. Do you offer pet insurance? Yes, we offer 6 weeks free health insurance from Pets Plus Us
Are your adults health tested? At the very least, our Bostons patellas (knees) are OFA Certified/Certifiable Normal prior to breeding and they are DNA tested for Juvenile Hereditary Cataracts. We have also have done/do CERF (eyes), Baer (hearing) and cardiac testing. These are of course in addition to regular Veterinary health check ups, bloodwork, etc. We post our dogs' health certifications on their webpages.
Do your puppies receive Veterinary care? Yes, our puppies are seen and examined by a licensed Vet and are micro-chipped and vaccinated prior to going to their new homes. Our puppies are also de-wormed and given an Advantage Multi (for internal parasites, fleas, ticks, mites & heartworm) treatment.
Are you a member of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), or any other breed clubs? Do you have experience with dogs? We are members in good standing (since 2004) with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and the Boston Terrier Club of Canada. I used to be affiliated with a couple of Obedience clubs before getting into breeding. We are hoping to be members of more clubs in the near future. Please see our About Us page for more information about my experience.
Do you show your dogs? Yes! We show our dogs in CKC sanctioned events and hope to get to shows in the U.S. in the future. We are also hoping to get involved with Obedience again, as in the past. Since we prefer to show our dogs ourselves (rather than sending them to reside at a Handler\'s home to be shown) and due to the demands of family (and caring for the dogs of course!), we often do not get out to the shows as much as we would like, but we get to the shows as often as humanly possible. Indeed, we have been very fortunate to have had dogs who have finished their Championships very quickly and have not needed to spend months or years showing a dog to get a Championship on him/her.
Can we come pick out our puppy in person just after the pups are born? No. As previously mentioned and as per our Policies & Procedures page, we do not allow any visitors when we have un-vaccinated puppies, pregnant mothers and are breeding females and we do not allow people off the street to come in and handle the puppies. We do not expect people to give us money “blindly” and feel that between the information and pictures on our website, our phone conversations and the pictures/video and the updates we post on our "Puppy Parent's Site" as the puppies develop, we more than compensate for this. In addition, $550 of the total Puppy Deposit ($700) is refundable (or one can put 100% toward a pup from another litter) if when people come to pick up their puppies they don't like us, our dogs, their puppy or our home. We feel that we are taking a chance on you (8 weeks of pictures, updates and time invested, etc.), just as much as you are taking a chance on us and our dogs. How would you feel if we had an “open door” policy and we allowed people to come in and handle your puppy and have to tell you (after 6 weeks of updates and pictures) that your puppy has died of Parvo, Pnemonia, Kennel Cough, etc? Not to mention, we void our own guarantee (as it applies to contagious diseases exhibited within the 10 day incubation period, leaving here). If one is uncomfortable reserving a puppy before physically seeing the mother, the father and the puppy, one is more than welcome to wait until the puppies have been vaccinated and are ready to go, to come see what pups we still have available (upon approval of one's application).
How are prospective buyers and puppies matched? In an ideal world, it would be great if people could send their deposits in and pick out their puppies in person when the puppies are ready to go. Unfortunately, this never happens. Given that Bostons usually have small litters and individuals usually have a preference for either a male or female, choices of puppies are usually limited. Because Bostons are a breed bred for companionship, they all tend to be very even-tempered and adaptable to new environments, etc. Their main drive in life is to be with their families. Given the breed characteristics and temperament of the breed, choosing often falls to more superficial things such as size, markings, looks, etc. People usually have a pretty good idea as to which puppy they want and grow fond of a particular puppy through our correspondence with regards to regular pictures and/or videos and updates on development, personality, temperament, activity level, disposition, etc. IF at any point a puppy is not developing in such a way as to suggest that the prospective owner will not be happy with their choice, we will suggest another puppy and/or discuss this with the prospective owners. The mandatory application that must be completed prior to submitting a Puppy Deposit (and reserving a puppy) also helps us to determine suitability of not only the breed, but also for a particular puppy.
Will you be available to answer questions and give advice? Absolutely! We offer lifetime support, in addition to a lifetime “welcome home” policy for our dogs. Indeed, our contract prohibits our dogs being relinquished to a shelter, rescue, etc. and MUST be returned to us!
At what age do you place (adopt out) your puppies? Our puppies are typically ready to go at 8-9 weeks. IF they are small or not over 3 lbs by the time they are to be vaccinated, we will keep them back until they are over 3 lbs and a little larger. We do this to prevent vaccine reactions.
I am interested in a red and white/brown and white/fawn and white/lilac and white or blue and white Boston. Do you breed for these colours and do you ever get them? NO!!!! These colours are not acceptable breed colours, according to the CKC, AKC and most other registering bodies. Thus, these colours are not within breed standard, these puppies/dogs cannot be shown in conformation events and they cannot legally be registered.
Raising Our Puppies and Dogs
How do you socialize your puppies? Home-raised puppies are a lot different than puppies raised in a kennel! Our puppies are raised in our sterile Maternity room (which is in our bedroom) and then at 3-3 ½ weeks old, they are moved to our dining room. Our puppies are well-socialized with kids, cats, other dogs and are well accustomed to household noises. They are given bones, chew toys and other toys for early stimulation (Fisher Price toys work great!). Our pups are raised in x-pens (not pens with closed sides or pens with grated bottoms!), so even while confined to the space of the x-pen, they can still interact with the other dogs, our children, etc. When the puppies are large enough, they are taken out of the x-pen for supervised play with our children and some of our other dogs. We start nail clipping at 2 weeks of age and in addition to regular handling and care, our dogs are “stacked” (stood and placed) regularly for pictures. We post pictures of our puppies' x-pen in our puppy parent's section of our site, so you can see where their puppies are kept.
Where do your adult dogs live? Where are they kept? Our dogs live in our home and not in a kennel and we have no outdoor structures, dog houses, sheds or barns where they are kept. Our dogs play inside our home and outside during the day and have lots of outdoor time, house time and rest time. Our dogs are crate trained and are crated when we're not home and at night. We also allow some of our Bostons to sleep with us.
How do you exercise your dogs? Our dogs gets lots of regular indoor and outdoor play (in our fenced yards), as well as there's walks, handling/training classes. Most of Bostons' needs for exercise can be met playing inside and outside in the yard and they enjoy leisurely walks when their families are able to do so.
Breeding Program and Bostons
What are the breed characteristics of Boston Terriers? Please see our Boston Terrier Breed Information page.
How many Bostons do you have? Please see Our Bostons page. All of the dogs that we use in our breeding program are listed on our site. However, in some cases, dogs are co-owned, or Outside Studs or Champions we have produced and do not live here.
How many litters do you have per year? We have approximately one to three litters a year. We breed our dogs when they're ready (and physically able and healthy) and we do not "fill orders", It is often difficult to judge how many litters we will have as it depends on when the girls come into season, their health status (i.e. body condition, ability to carry pups, recovery from a previous litter, etc.) and the clearance from our Veterinarian that the female can be bred.
How often do you breed your girls, how many litters do they have and when do you retire them? We do not like to breed our girls too early (age wise), nor do we want to start breeding them too late in their lives either, as it has been our experience that they have much more difficult labours, pregnancies and recoveries when they are older. It is not worth risking losing them on the operating table to breed them too late in life (i.e. many breeders prioritize show titles and this often takes a very long time to complete, thereby delaying breeding). We don't start breeding our girls before a year and a half old and we like our girls to retire at four to five years of age - sometimes younger if it is better for them. Since pretty near all Bostons require c-sections, we generally breed these girls only once a year and only three times. However, this is not an absolute number and if they can only have one litter, they have one. If the Vet recommends a "back to back" breeding based on age, time in between litters, etc. we may do that as well. It all depends on the female and what our Veterinarian says about their suitability for breeding at that time. Every decision we make is based on the health status of our females and our Veterinarian\'s opinion as to whether our females should be bred or not and when. Again, this all depends on the females heat cycles, health, and previous pregnancies and deliveries. There are many different opinions as to whether females should be bred "back to back" or heats/breedings skipped. Indeed, many reproductive Vets suggest breeding back to back whenever possible, as they say that each heat a dog is not bred, adhesions/scar tissue is left and therefore the chances of future reproductive issues increases. Indeed, each time a dog has a heat and is not bred, there is a chance of life-threatening pyometra (pus in the womb) happening and an emergency spay to save her life. All things considered, at the end of the day, we do what's in the best interest of our girls.
Why do you import dogs when there are breeders in Canada? As per our About Us page, we breed for health, so we do not in-breed or closely line-breed (indeed we have bloodlines from around the world). Thus, we work with breeders who have a similar focus on health and we go however far is necessary to facilitate our goals.
What are the genetic problems the breed(s) is prone to? Luxating patellas are the MOST common problem in the breed and the most difficult to control, given that it is polygenetic in origin. That is, it is not strictly genetic and environment also plays a role. Juvenile hereditary cataracts and deafness are also a problems in the breed, albeit less common. Please see our Boston Terrier Breed Information page for more information.
Buying a Puppy or Dog
Does it really matter whether one buys a dog from a registered breeder/kennel or not? Generally, yes. There are rules, regulations and ethics a breeder has to follow in order to be a member and remain a member in good standing with the CKC. A non-member is not bound by the same rules, regulations and ethics and a prospective owner has less “power” in dealing with a breeder if unfortunately there should be problems or issues that need to be dealt with (not getting registration papers, etc.). Also, chances are greater - if you adopt from a registered breeder (as opposed to a non-registered breeder), that they are passionate and dedicated to the improvement and preservation of their breed and not just breeding to sell puppies.
Does it really matter whether one buys a dog from a breeder who shows? If you want a dog representative of their breed and bred to standard, than generally, yes. If you go to a breeder who shows their dogs, the chances are greater that the breeders' dogs are within breed standard and that you will be getting a dog representative of its breed. Further, if the breeder shows, they are more likely to be breeding (to the standard) to improve the breed and not just breeding for money. Showing dogs is expensive!
I am interested in either a Boston or a Pug. Are they essentially the same breed but just look different? No! Bostons and Pugs are totally different breeds. Besides being brachycephalic, having moderate needs for exercise, and being very dependent (they are both companion breeds) on human companionship, they are nothing alike - although they are very compatible breeds to live in the same home. While not working terriers, Bostons are “scrappier” and are often more mischievous than Pugs (or so we find). They are generally more dominant than Pugs. If a Boston is upset with you, they will let you know, whereas a Pug is more forgiving. Bostons tend to have more of a drive and aptitude for Obedience and they are generally easier to train/handle for Obedience competitions/show than Pugs. Bostons tend to be more sophisticated and Pugs are “sillier”. Pugs shed A LOT more than Bostons and have a completely different coat. They have a coat more like a Labrador Retriever.
Pricing and Payment
Why are Bostons so expensive? Why do they cost more than Labs, etc? The “Bully”, brachycephalic breeds cannot be compared to most other breeds, given that they are “man made” and can not propagate on their own without the help of humans. Bostons usually have small litters of 1-3 puppies and most require costly c-sections to deliver (c-sections usually range in price between $1500 and $4000 (usually higher end) in most places in Ontario, depending on where you live (and if it's an emergency clinic).
What can I expect to pay for a Boston Terrier? Registered companion Boston Terrier puppies in Ontario, Canada are usually around $2500 and up for pet puppies, depending on location (c-sections are much more expensive in some areas), sex (some breeders charge a different price for males and females), bloodlines and whether the breeder charges and pays taxes.
Why are your dogs more expensive than some breeders? We health test, we show our dogs and we import (which is very costly) frequently. Also, the cost of c-sections in our area is quite high, comparatively.
Do you have a payment plan? No. Our puppies must be paid for in full at the time of adoption. We are happy to hold puppies for individuals however and we do accept payments up until the time the puppies are ready to go. These arrangements need to be made prior to sending in a Puppy Deposit to reserve a puppy, however.
What types of payment do you accept?For deposits, we accept email money transfer, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal (there's a service fee for credit cards). For final payment and pick up in person, we accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express (sorry, there is a service fee for credit card payments). We do not accept cheques/checks of any kind, for any reason, for final payment. Sorry!
For what purpose do you breed your dogs? what is your motivation or philosophy as a breeder? The only good reason to breed is to improve the breed! Period. In order to do this, we try to keep back a puppy from every litter (as every litter was planned for a particular purpose), or forfeit pick puppy to friends/associates in order to make a contribution to the betterment of the breed. We are breeding for the “total dog” and feel that being a good show dog and being a healthy and good breeder, shouldn't be mutually exclusive. We feel that a dog should be all these things with an excellent temperament to boot. Please see our About Us page for more information.
How long have you been involved with Boston Terriers? We got our first Boston in 2001 and we have been in the "dog world" long before that.
How do you do what you do? How do you part with your puppies? Just because we do it, doesn't mean it's easy. Without going into too much detail, after having worked at Vets and an Animal Shelter and having seen the tragic cases, adopting puppies out to loving homes is nothing compared to that (without these previous experiences, I could not breed and sell my puppies). Plus, we also started with several dogs that came to us as adults (that had been bred before) to help "ease" us into breeding. When it came time to their retirement, we were sad, but we were happy for them that they got to retire in a stellar home. If we had started with several puppies and raised them to adulthood ourselves, we'd quickly be out of breeding, as we wouldn't have been able to start a breeding program and continue on, as we wouldn't be able to part with them! Indeed our original dogs (our foundation) are still in our family. In comparison to the tragic cases that I used to see come into the shelter or Vet, what I do is very satisfying and positive and I usually get to know prospective puppy parents very well over the course of the two months (sometimes longer if they have been waiting for one of our puppies for a long time) of pictures and updates. It certainly helps “ease” my mind having the expectations, screenings and policies that we do. If we're not comfortable with a particular owner and we feel that they won't provide a good home for one of our puppies/dogs, we do not adopt our puppies/dogs out to them. It's never easy however and yes, we do cry from time to time when they leave us. As for parting with adults, we live in denial that we will ever have to do that and do not focus on that - otherwise, it'd be too hard. We tell ourselves that they're staying, unless for some reason they are not “fitting in” with the ever evolving "pack". In this case, we are acting in their best interest to place them in a home where it's a better situation for them. To part with an adult dog, a breeder has to be selfless and do what's best for the dog. If a home cannot provide at least the same amount of care and quality home as they are currently getting in our home, then we don't let them go. We do what's in our dogs' best interests. Of course we will always have dogs that will stay here for the duration of their life, but unfortunately, to be fair to them all and provide the proper care and attention, we cannot keep them all. "Animal hoarding" is never appropriate or okay!