T~Bo Boston Terriers

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                                                Show Prospects

This is just my opinion only... When faced with the momentous decision of choosing a puppy from a litter, one thing in particular must be kept in mind. You are looking for perfection! You may not find it, but that is what you are looking for. Even the puppy that appears to be nearly perfect at 2 months to 6 months of age can develop something undesirable in its physical appearance as it growing up.

Watching young pups for show can be a heart-breaking business with many disappointments. Selling one you have put much time and care into, and probably love very much, is not for those who have a weak constitution. I always think when selling one at 10 weeks to 6 months of the tremendous amount of pleasure that dog will give someone else.

There are several obvious pitfalls when picking a puppy and one of the most common is making up your mind before they are even born which sex you are going to keep. If you want a good one for yourself or selling one as a show prospect, then choose the best regardless. You must remember few litters contain all show quality puppies, let alone a champion. Just because the parents are champions, or you have used a top stud dog, you don't necessarily get a top show dog.

Temperament is the most essential thing whether you are evaluating a litter for show or as pets. The most perfect looking Boston Terrier is useless without being happy and animated. I think that much thought should go into researching the pedigrees of the potential sire and dam. Experienced breeders have some idea of which pup has show potential at birth there is a certain quality about the best ones even at this stage. From then on, pups grow in bits and pieces until around 8 to 12 weeks and older.

Having watching your pup or pups, do be objective about them when they are 3 to 6 months. In my experience,not every puppy you breed will make the show ring, so if it is not good enough, sell it as a pet. . Looking at it from another point of view, remember that the quality and reputation of your breed depends totally on the quality of the dogs you, the exhibitor, shows or places in show homes.

Teresa Hendrix