Great suggestion Pen, Iíve begun reading on some of the breed standards. Thereís definitely a lot to know! I went out to the library today and picked up a Boston Terrier book and a couple books on puppy training as well! That should at least give me a base to start out with. I send out an email to ***************** with tons of questions today. They got back to me almost immediately and suggested I call them, otherwise it will take far too long to reply to the email. Iíll keep you posted on this process and hopefully this is the breeder Iím looking for!
Oh also what can you tell me about stenotic nares and elongated soft palates? Are Bostons born with these two conditions, is there a way to tell if a pup has either one of them, and if Bostons arenít born with them is there a chance they can develop later in life?
Maltipoo thanks for the link Iíll take a look! =)
***Edited By: lpn169 on 9/23/2007 12:26:28 AM*** Reason: No full names of kennels
Yung, Stenotic nares is a birth defect, and yes you can tell if a pup has it or not. What it essentially is, is the cartilage that composes the nostrils is too soft. When the puppy breathes in, that cartilage collapses, and of course obstructs the airway. The only remedy is surgery. You will not be buying a puppy with stenotic nares from any decent breeder, and no it cannot develop, later on in life. Elongated soft palate is another congenital defect, prevalent in brachycephalic dogs, but I've never seen one, and it is supposed to be getting rare. This condition is such that the palate somwhat overlaps the epiglottis (that little floppy thing that hangs down at the back of your throat)and thus partially obstucts the dog's airway. Dogs with this condition are also easily recognizable, as they mouth breathe, snore (badly)regurgitate their food over and over, and the condition worsens with age. I also would not worry about buying a puppy with such a condition, from a reputable breeder. When you talk to the breeder, mention these, and all other conditions you are worried about, and you will find that they will appreciate the fact that you've done your homework. Don't forget, any reputable breeder will have a section in their contract asking you to take the pup to your own vet for a thorough examination, within a very short time of purchase.
Pomeranians are extremely easy to train and are super intelligent. Anybody who says otherwise dont know the breed. If you get a quality Pomeranian from a quality breeder who breeds good sound temperments you will have a friend, and baby for life, they are wonderful dogs and very alert. They bark but you CAN train this behavior like you can all. Dogs that bark excessively are untrained in my view. Pomeranians are the best small breed to own providing you buy a quality sound pom
Thanks jezille! Poms were suggested to me previously but they had many downsides like not being the greatest with smaller children, the barking (which like you say is trainable), the grooming, and a few others that slip my mind at the moment. Great suggestion but after all the reading I did on them, although they are a good breed, I donít think they are the right breed for my family and I. Nonetheless, thanks for your suggestion! =)
Edit: Also I found out yesterday while my mom was looking over our house lease for something else she noticed that we aren't allowed to have dogs in our place! GRR lol! We didn't have to worry about that when we moved in because we were dog-less but now that we're considering one this one sentence on our lease is going to hold it off. We are planning to move into a larger house next year which is a good thing but in the mean time I guess I have LOTS of time to find the perfect breeder lol!
***Edited By: YungandUnashamed on 9/18/2007 10:35:28 AM*** Reason: add information
Yung, you'll know everything there is to know about every breed if you start reading now! What a bummer! Oh well, you got my rusty brain in gear, that's one good thing, and I'm sure you learned a lot. Now I'm going to phone Hornerbrook and grab your puppy!!!LOL.
LOL Good point! Iíll be a dog expert if I start studying today! That does really stink though but like I saidÖLOTS of time to prepare for him/her! Your plot to grab my puppy may not be successful though since they said they probably wonít have another Boston litter for sale for another year, good timing in my opinion! My understanding is that they just had a litter of Frenchies that they are looking after. They were telling me how most of the time they breed for show dogs and at times keep whole litters for themselves to show rather than sell to people looking for pets.
I keep learning new things about the Boston breed daily though. For instance today I was informed about luxating pattellas, that Bostons frequently suffer from allergies, and that they have very sensitive skin which leads to a sunburn hazard! Iíll have to do some more reading to learn about these three things and how to prevent them!
Yung, don't let ********* fool you into thinking they have no pet quality puppies. No breeder has a whole litter of show-breeding potential puppies, at least none I know of. Ask them if they have a waiting list, and tell them you'll take a mismarked puppy, or the like, when the time comes.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 9/23/2007 12:29:06 AM*** Reason: No full names of kennels
This is Nathalie of ************** Kennels. We have been receiving a lot of buzz concerning this thread and decided we better check out what's going on as there seems to be a bit of misinformation being passed around here. I understand this young girl is trying to get information about what breed to decide on, which is great, however we were quoted incorrectly and would appreciate it if this would stop. We've been raising dogs long enough to know that an entire litter may not be show quality so we are in fact not trying to fool anyone.
We merely stated we don't have a lot of litters each year and breed primarily to keep something from each litter for ourselves to show. When we stated that we keep an entire litter for ourselves this is so we give them time to mature and decide which pup or pups would make the best candidates for show. Then what we don't keep is placed in pet homes. That is what we meant and what I said.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 9/23/2007 12:30:59 AM*** Reason: No full names of kennels
I apologize and take full responsibility of the conflicting information. I completely misunderstood that part of the email and in turn incorrectly quoted what Nathalie told me. Again, sorry for the misunderstanding and thanks so much for stopping by to clear things up and set the record straight!
Gee, well that wasn't the best way to start things off =I. Great way to learn from mistakes though! I feel terrible because she hasn't emailed me back since. I hope she's just super busy and hasn't written me off because of this. I suppose I'll give her a shout on the weekend, that's when she told me things aren't so busy for her.
Don't worry Yung, I'm sure this is a very responsible breeder, and just did not want the wrong impression to be given. Stay in touch, since you have quite a long wait, I'm sure things will work out for you.
How is there temperament? Do they growl/bite if bothered when playing with toys or eating food? Food toys NONE of mine growl if a human tries to take anything. -Do they eat a lot of food? Do they tend to have obesity problems? All 6 of mine get 1/2 cup of natural balance potato/duck per day, so no, I wouldn't say any of them eat alot of food
-How big to they generally get? My lhasas (the two that are purebreds) my female weighs 14 lbs, my male 21 lbs (he's a little chubby but nothing the vet is concerned about at all) The lhasa mix...32 lbs, he's BIG and the vet wants him to lose some weight. (we just adopted him a couple/few months ago so we're working on that) The bichons each weigh in at 14 lbs. The pomeranian weighs 10 lbs
-Do they like water? Do you mean swimming? Not sure, we did make sure they could all swim but they havent had the opportunity to go to the beach or lake.
-Are they okay to be left alone for a few hours? Yep, mine are all fine if I leave. Mine ages range from 7 years to 1 year old
-In your experience do they bark a lot/ bark loudly? Pomeranians are known to bark and mione is no exception. He's got a god awful bark too, high pitched, very yappy Lhasas, none of mine like to bark and only will if a stranger APPROACHES or they're stuck because someone accidently shut them in a room
-Are they intelligent? Are they easy to train? Hmmm, poms are easy to train (mine was anyway) Actually I'd say all of mine have been pretty easy to train.
-Would they be able to go for a jog with me or would that be too vigorous for them? I'd say the bichons yes, the lhasa mix yes, the others probably not
-How tolerant are they to heat/cold? Lhasas very (they like cooler weather) bichons dont seem, to mind although my femal doesnt like going out when it's raining or wet. (LOL) Poms dont seem to mind either. Not sure about the mix, havent had him in the winter yet but I'd bet he'll be fine.
-Are they affectionate? VERY. My male lhasa is THE most loyal dog (to me) that I have ever met. Poms are also very affectionate. My bichons dont "kiss" but have their own way of making sure you know they're happy to see you
-How easy is it to house train them? What method works best? We crate trained. Bichons are notoriously difficult to house train and we still have back skides with the male. (he is 2 years old)
-Do they take to crate training? Is it beneficial for this dog? They all have and will still go into their crates to "get away" when they need a break
-In your experience do they shed a lot? There isnít much grooming involved is there? Lhasas and bichons both have hair. They shed like a human would. Pomeranians. HOLY COW they shed like golden retrievers! (we had those in the past so yes I do know!) As for grooming. I'd say the pom requires the least. Lhasas can be shaved down to make daily care easier. Bichons, groom groom groom.
-Are they more on the mellow side or do they get really nervous/anxious around loud noises? Lhasa are very mellow easy going dogs. Poms are pretty high strung, my male bichon is also pretty "alert" but he is calming down.
-Are they adventurous/curious dogs who tend to stray away from their owners? My pom will take off if he's not on a leash, so will my male bichon the others stay. --The lhasas are very loyal remember?