Before purchasing a puppy of any breed there are some things that you should look for in a quality breeder. Here is a brief summery of things to keep in mind when looking for a puppy.
The best kind of breeder
Choosing a reputable breeder is very important. Since it would be almost impossible for you to know what the puppy you are buying will grow up to be physically and emotionally, you must rely on your faith in the person from whom you are purchasing your puppy. There are three options open to you in choosing this person:
2. THE LARGE SCALE or FREQUENT BREEDER. A VERY BAD CHOICE. The large scale breeder is often someone who has more dogs than they can care for on their own. They can have anywhere from 25-50 or more dogs. They may or may not allow you out to their home. This is the person who ALWAYS has puppies available or at the least has puppies on the way. They seldom do any health testing and are just in it for the income that the dogs provide them!
3. BACKYARD BREEDER. Also a poor choice. This is the person who owns a pet Boston and thinks it would be "fun" to have puppies, that it would be a great experience for the children, or that the bitch "should be bred once before she is spayed." Even worse, perhaps it's being done just to make money. Usually this breeder knows little about the standard or history of the breed, and still less about proper care. The backyard breeder is not aware of breed problems, and doesn't care. This person's only goal is to produce puppies, and when the "fun" is over, to sell them quickly. Sometimes they just want to "show the kids" the facts of life. Well if that's the case then have another child YOURSELF! Don't breed your dog!
4. SERIOUS HOBBY/SHOW BREEDER. The very best choice. You may need to be added to a waiting list for a puppy from this type of breeder as they seldom have more than 1 or 2 litters per year. The serious and dedicated hobby/show breeder regards his/her dogs as much more than a hobby, although the true fancier does not expect to make a profit. When someone is involved in dogs for the enjoyment of each individual animal, for participating in any of the many aspects of "dog sport," and for producing the finest animals possible, the results are SUPERIOR. The best breeders acknowledge responsibility for each and every puppy produced, and stand behind every dog they have bred. They do all the health testing which in the case of Bostons is BAER, CERF and Patella's at the LEAST, there are also other testing that can now be done, but the minimum is the 3 listed above.
Unequivocally, your choice should be from the ranks of the SERIOUS HOBBY/SHOW BREEDER. It is an interesting fact that poor quality puppies from pet shops and backyard breeders are often sold for the same price and sometimes even more than those purchased from the experienced hobby breeder. Though sometimes they do charge a bit more. The reality is you get what you pay for. Wheather its a little more on the initial price or thousands of dollars down the road to fix health problems.
So, how does one recognize the responsible breeder? Presented below is a list of requirements the breeder should meet before you consider purchasing a puppy. Don't be afraid to confront the breeder with these requirements. It is your right, and you can rest assured that the dedicated breeder will respond positively and with pride. They should not be put off by your questions and there ARE NO STUPID questions when it comes to your potential new family member. You wouldnt adopt a child without finding out what you could about its medical history and background so dont adopt a dog without it.
The breeder should belong to the Boston Terrier Club of America, a local Boston Terrier club, or an all-breed club. Ideally he/she should belong to all three; however, sometimes this is not possible. The reason for this requirement is that this sort of participation indicates depth of involvement. This breeder is exposed to other points of view, learns more about the breed and modern breeding practices, and is kept up to date on AKC Rules and Regulations.
The breeder should be involved in showing his/her dogs in the breed ring, the obedience ring, agility or any other number dog sports. The reason for this requirement is that it means that the breeder is not working in a vacuum. The breeder who does not participate has no idea how good his/her dogs really are, and is deprived of the opportunity to share information and ideas with others. Showing provides the competition which encourages breeders to produce better dogs. The breeder who competes wants to prove how good his/her dogs are and is putting his/her breeding program on the line. This breeder is not relying on just a pedigree to indicate quality. Even if you do not want a competition animal, you deserve a companion that is the end result of a carefully planned litter; a puppy which received the same care as a potential champion. The breeder who competes in organized activities is known by others and has a reputation to uphold. This breeder will be as careful and honest in selling you your pet puppy as in selling show prospect.
The breeder should be able to show you a clean environment; healthy, well-socialized puppies; and a dam with a good temperament. Often, but not always, the stud may not be available for you to meet as he may not belong to the litter breeder. They should still be able to provide you with pictures, pedigree, and proof of any health testing he may have had done.
You should avoid:
A) shy, whimpering, fearful puppies;
B) puppies with dull coats, crusty or running eyes, signs of diarrhea, rashes or sores on their abdomens;
C) signs of neglect, such as lack of water, pans of uneaten food, and dirty conditions;
D) a breeder who will sell a puppy under seven weeks of age, as early separation from the dam and litter mates can be very detrimental both psychologically and physically.
The breeder should give you a period of time in which to allow you to have the puppy examined by a veterinarian to determine its state of health, so that both of you are assured as to the condition of the puppy at the time of sale. If a problem should arise, it can then be quickly resolved. This should all be written into the contract that you should get from the breeder when purchasing a quality puppy.
The breeder should provide some sort of written contract and/or conditions of sale. Any warranty of quality or health of the dog, and any warranty against development of hereditary problems or show-ring disqualifications in an animal intended for showing or breeding, should be in writing. The warranty should be absolutely explicit and a signed copy should be provided to each party.
The breeder should provide you with a record of the dates and types of vaccinations and de-worming done, feeding instructions, a 3-to 5-generation pedigree, and a "blue slip" to apply for registration of the puppy in your own name with the American Kennel Club (AKC). Sometimes the "blue slips" are not available at the time you take your puppy home. If this is the case, have the breeder state on a dated, signed receipt of payment that the application will be sent to you as soon as possible. The registered names and AKC numbers of both parents, date of birth of the litter, and puppy's color and sex should be indicated. You can then contact AKC with complete information should there later be a problem with the papers.
The breeder should be able to show you proof that both the sire and dam of the litter have passed their BAER (hearing) test, and had their eyes examined (CERF tested)by a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist within the last 12-18 months. In an ideal world the puppies will have already had these tests done as well but sometimes that is not possible. The breeder should also be willing to answer your questions about any other possible hereditary problems, including but not limited to seizures, hypothyroidism, luxating patellas and skin problems or allergies.
FYI: "My vet says my dogs are healthy" IS NOT HEALTH TESTING!
The breeder should ask you what kind of dogs you have had in the past, and what happened to them; whether or not you have a fenced yard; and whether or not the dog will be allowed to be a member of the family. Sincere breeders will be a bit hesitant to sell you a puppy until they know more about you, what you are looking for in a dog, and what "lifestyle" you have in mind for your dog. Having the best interest of the puppy at heart, reputable breeders will take great pains to place puppies properly the first time around. A returned puppy is a traumatic experience for all concerned, so the breeder who is always willing to accept a puppy back will try to make certain that a Boston is the breed for you.
The breeder should be able to give you references: the names of people who have purchased puppies in the past, the names of other breeders, and the veterinarian who provides care for the breeder's dogs. You should also expect to provide the breeder with references for at least 2 people as well as the vet that you have been using for your pets.
Both pedigree and registration papers are provided by reputable breeders at NO extra charge. The practice of charging extra for "papers" is forbidden by the AKC, and should be reported. This should not be confused with withholding papers until the dog has been spayed or neutered, which is how puppies not purchased for showing/breeding are sold by many reputable breeders.
The breeder should make it clear that his/her responsibility continues long after you have taken your puppy home, in fact as long as the dog is alive. Many dedicated breeders will ask that the dog be returned to them, or placed with new owners who meet their approval, if ever for any reason you are unable to keep the dog. They'll cheerfully be available for advice whenever needed, and can ease your way over many rough spots.
If your breeder meets all of these requirements you are in good hands. If you find yourself with a negative response to more than one or two of these requirements, think twice and discuss the situation with someone else.
DON'T be impulsive and DO ask questions!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. I am interested in _________ (name of dog) are they still available?
If they are still listed here on this page as "available" then yes they are still available. I update my web sight often and once a dog is placed they are removed from my available page.
2. What do you charge for your dogs?
My prices depend on age and health of the dog I am placing. I get between $2800 to $3200 for a pet puppy up to 2 years of age. My adult dogs (over 3 years of age) range from $800- $1400 depending on age and health.
3. But we just want a PET not a show dog.
At this time the only dogs I offer to the public are Pets so they are Non Breed-able, pet dogs or RETIRED show dogs, who will be sold on spay/neuter contracts or are already spayed/neutered. I do not offer show dogs to pet homes. The value of a show dog can be anywhere from $3000-$5000 or more.
4. What makes a Pet different from a Show dog?
Technically any dog can be a show dog, however not every dog is considered Show Quality.
The things that make a pet dog a pet are often such tiny things that only someone well versed in show dogs would notice them. These dogs are often beautiful representatives of the breed. Sometimes it can be something as little as the amount of white that the dogs has or the way the markings are on the dog. The way they carry their ears or the way their eyes are positioned on their heads.
In the show ring there is what we call the "Breed Standard" the breed standard is a description of what the "PERFECT BOSTON TERRIER" would look like. Now we all know that a perfect dog has never been bred, but we still want to get as close to that standard of perfect as possible. In the standard there is a list of traits that are considered disqualifying faults. That means that if your dog has those faults they will be excused from the ring. A dog with those faults should neither be shown nor bred, so any dog with those traits would be put in a pet home. That in no way affects the health or temperament of the dog and they are Wonderful Well Bred companions.
My Pet puppies are raised EXACTLY the same way that my show puppies are raised. LOTS of early socialization, exposure to lots of new things, and TONS of LOVE from our entire family, from 1 year olds up to seniors, my dogs have seen them all.
5. What do I get when I purchase a dog from you?
Please see the paragraph above titled "What you get with a Ta-Koda Boston".
6. We donít live in/near Oregon can we still purchase a dog from you and if so how can we get it home?
There are several options available to out of state people. If the dog is over 6 months of age then shipping the dog via air plane is a very good option. This cost can range from $250-$500 depending on where you are located, and is NOT included in the purchase price. If the puppy is under 6 months of age you would need to either fly here yourself to pick up the puppy, and take it back with you as carry on, or drive here to get it. If you are in the 7 or so western states delivery may be available on a limited basis with delivery charges. The fees for delivery are not included in the purchase costs of the dog, and are the responsibility of the Buyer. Feel free to contact me and we can discuss it further.
7. Do you have recent pictures of the dogs you have available?
Yes the pictures you see here on the Available page include recent pictures, but may also include older ones. For THE most up to date pictures please check out Ta-Koda Boston Terriers on facebook.
8. Do you have a waiting list for puppies?
Yes I do. Please fill out our questionair for more info on getting on our waiting list.
9. Can we pick out our puppy or do you match us with one?
I do a combination of both. I donít want a timid, quiet puppy going to a home with 5 children, and I donít want an outgoing energetic puppy going to a home with an elderly person, neither do I want an older retired dog going to an active home with lots of kids, so I try to make it a combination of matching and letting people pick the dog they want.
10. Can we come and see the puppy?
Absolutely, however you must wait till the pups are 7-8 weeks old and have had their first set of shots. Prior to that time I don't have people out to meet them because their immune systems are too weak and the risk to the babies is just too great.
If you have other questions or are not sure about something please fill out my questionair and I will get back to you ASAP. Thanks so much for your interest in a Ta-Koda Boston. I look forward to meeting with you.
We have a couple breeding's planned for 2019.
At this time your best bet for reaching out to us is through our facebook page. That has the most up to date info about our show schedule and where you could meet with us at a dog show.
We have done a couple breedings and are hoping to have some puppies in mid summer.
As they arrive we will update both here as well as on our facebook page. These pups would be available some time in late summer/early fall depending on when they arrive. No puppies are available before they are 8 weeks old.
After MANY MANY years rescuing Boston's here in Oregon Wanda Baillie has retired and is no longer operating Oregon Boston Terrier Rescue.
The Boston Terrier Club of Portland is willing to help with the placement and finding homes for Boston Terriers in need here in the Pacific Northwest, and I am always happy to personally help with the placement of any Boston who may be in need of a home.
If you have a Boston who needs a home or are willing to offer a home to a Boston in need, please feel free to contact me and I will let you know if there are any Boston in need, or add you to a waiting list.
These dogs can range from 6 months up to 10 years of age with health needs ranging from slight to servere.
If you dont see what you are looking for here please feel free to contact me. Even if I dont have what you are looking for I may be able to put you in touch with someone who does. Please fill out my adoption questionair and I will be happy to get back to you.