Hi, we have a male boston terrier and we are looking at buying a bitch and want to make the right choice, is it ok if both dogs shared the same grandfather or not, I don't really understand if its ok or not recommended, can't find information on linebreeding versus unconnected dogs, help....
Get a mentor, join Boston Terrier forums, exhaustively research your breed, immerse yourself in the Boston Terrier fancy, make sure your male is exceptional breeding stock and you health test him for whatever Bostons should be health tested for, THEN start worrying about a bitch. You've got lots of work ahead of you...READY, SET, GO!
janeryan, have you shown your male, and have you done all the testing necessary? How old is your dog? Do you have a mentor to guide you through the maze of breeding, especially line breeding Boston Terriers? What lines does your boy carry?
He is going to be tested for JHC next week, he will be 2 years old in august. I have lots of information from the Kennel Club in England (I live in the Canary Islands, Spain). His (CH) lines are Wildax Hurricane, Kool Hand Luke, G G.Parent Wildax Top Mark at Brigwood, G G G-Parents include Apposyte Fair Trade, Wildax Lover Boy, Coppergold Simply A Star and Buster is a Dandy at Apposyte.
Do you have a mentor? Is the breeder that you are planning on purchasing a puppy with aware of your intentions? What genetic problems are related to your CH. bloodlines? (Most have some sort of defect that quality breeders try to eliminate through certain breedings.) These questions are all easily answered through your breed clubs/organizations. Do more research. As for breeding two dogs that have the same grandparent - it depends on what qualities you are trying to enhance with the breeding or if there was a problem with the line that they were trying to eliminate. Line-breeding can do one of two things - enhance certain good qualities of the line or bring out terrible defects. This should be proposed to your prospective breeder. I personally would not breed just because your dog has CH lines. If you are not showing your male, then you do not know if he is of true breeding quality. That is the purpose of showing dogs. Get him fixed and love him as a pet!
"No matter how little money and how few possesions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
Either locate a "Kennel Club" in your area that you can join... or talk with the breeder(s) you've gotten your dogs from and see if they would be prepared to "mentor" you. Ideally, they should be active with their dogs outside of just breeding them.
If you're even considering a bitch with a similar pedigree you want to make sure you know if there are any major health issues in the line. This means finding a breeder to mentor you that you trust to actually tell you this information. Every line has a health concern. You have to determine if you would be doubling up on faults or health problems. The best place to start is to determine if you like the type and temperament of the dog you would be doubling on. You don't necessarily have to meet him - but you need to see pictures (good ones) and talk with breeders who have gone over him, and gone over some of his offspring.
Before you get that deep into it... research what actually goes into breeding and whelping Boston puppies. Make sure that you're prepared to deal with the things that can go wrong. Will you be heartbroken if you lose a puppy? What if the mother dies from whelping complications? Can you make arrangements in your personal life that will allow you to stay home for a week and bottle feed a weak puppy if necessary? Do you have the funds to pay for a c-section if it's needed? (Pen would be a better person to discuss Bostons specifically)
janeryan, show your dog and finish him first. That's how you get to know other breeders, and that is how a potential female owner will see your dog. The way it works here in Canada, is we show our males until they have their championships, and then the female owners come to us for stud. If you are thinking of buying your own girl, there are so many reasons to find a mentor. No dog is perfect, although there are a few who are near perfect in MY mind. As with everything else, people like certain looks, and there are so many that still fit with in the breed standard. My advice is to start off showing, correspond with your dog's breeder, and ask their advice, or find one at a show. How much does your dog weigh, and what colour is he? What tests have you had done on him, I don't recognize the abbreviation in your post.Do you have a couple of pictures of him? If you could put up a sideways shot of him, with his head up slightly (expecting a treat)so I can see his topline, and one of him straight on so I can see his head piece would be great. I'll be looking forward to seeing him.
***Edited By: Pen2 on 7/16/2008 2:30:49 PM*** Reason: spelling
Thanks for the tips. Here in the Canary Islands there are very few dog shows and so far we haven't come across any other boston terriers except one, a couple who owned a female boston terrier who wanted to mate their dog with Max, however when we saw her we realised she wasn't a thoroughbred, apparently they purchased from mainland Spain and the dog was imported from Turkey. One of the reasons we have chosen to purchase our dog from the UK as we have been told this is a problem with dogs being imported from other countries were certification is not a guarantee. We haven't had any DNA testing done yet although I have been advised to do this. Our vet regularly checks the dog and particularly his eyes, but he has not suggested any other particular testing. Max will be 2 years in August and he weighs 12 kilos, colour seal brindle and white. I have taken some photos but don't see how I can attach them??
It's unfortunate that you are very limited to what dog shows you can attend. One piece of information that I can tell you, with out seeing the dog, is that if he weighs 12 kilos, that converts to 26.45 pounds. The upper weight limit for the breed standard is 25 pounds. If he is only just about 2 he's not done filling out, and could end up weighing 28-30 pounds. When you bought him, did you buy him from a breeder who sold him with breeding rights, and did the breeder consider him to be a show prospect? This would depend a lot on what age you acquired the puppy. I'm technically challenged, I have not been able to figure out how to post pictures either, but I know members of this forum can explain it, and this time if someone does, I'm going to pay close attention;and post some myself.
We bought Max at 3 months, at the time I wasn't planning on showing and breeding so this wasn't discussed. I re-weighed Max as I was going on what Vet said, he weighs in at 10kg = 22lbs. I've uploaded one photo on my settings at least.
Janeryan, I can see his beautiful head, I will change the setings on mine so you can see my favourite dog who looks a lot like yours. I know you have to open a photobucket account, but that's as far as I know how to upload pics. I'll get one of the kids to help!!
Hi Pen2, His bloodline is Parents Wildax The Hermit, Antalya Morning Camper at Marushes
G.Parents Wildax Hurricane/Wildax Hallmark & Kool Hand Luke/Bywell Margrita
GG Parents Wildax Master Scoundrel/Wildax Ragazzi Wildax Top Mark at Brigwood/Wildax Quicksilver & Coppergold Sterling/Coppergold Starstruck Braneath Comic at Bywell/Ridgeway Rosita of Balleris
GGG Parents Wildax Vagabond at Coppergold/Wildax Apposyte Fair Trader(Wildax Lovelace Buster is a Dandy at Apposyte/Vornehm Adulation of Wildax Wildax Lover Boy/Wildax Valerie & Coppergold Simply a Star/Coppergold Simply Sweet Wenlyn Simply Superb at Coppergold/Coppergolf Simply Shady Bywell the Joker/Braneath Symphony Tanver The Titan of Breneath/Wenlyn War Dance of Rideway
GGGG Sires Wildax Top Mark at Brigwood Wenlyn Reno of Brigwood Ol Fashioned Buster is Dandy at APP El Bo's Rudy is a Dandy Antrix Eldorado Ol Fashioned Buster is Dandy at App Wildax Top Mark at Brigwood Wildax Vagabond at Coppergold Westgortsweet William of Ravensburg Coppergold Simply a Star Bywell Jokers Wild Braneath Celeb Braneath Mister Chips Wildax Top Mark At Brigwood
I found that to see the dog clearly on the photo it needs to be taken close up because you can't enlarge it on the website - pity because then can't get all the body in.