Do I need a Boston Terrier?

Please tell me.
I saw this photo and fell in love with her:

The thing is, her markings are dirty and she looks like she has an eye problem. Check out the page of photos her sellers put up here.
Another issue is that I really don’t want to support a puppy mill by making a $200 purchase from them, but there seems to be no good breeders selling Boston Terriers in Thailand.

7 thoughts on “Do I need a Boston Terrier?

  1. C’mon Jus, it’s the “wanna be a daddy” instinct at work here. You already hinted at the “away-from’s”‘ in purchasing a puppy mill, backyard-bred, non-CERF screened Boston. A good Boston Terrier is the best of dogs; the worst-case scenario is one that has both obvious and hidden genetic time bombs which, when going off, will break your heart and your bank account as well.
    Markings are secondary to sound conformation and health. This is a breed, which, like English, American and French Bulldogs, must be delivered by caesarian section. The eyes can, in poorly bred specimens, pop out! Do you have good emergency vet service?
    This breed deserves careful scrutiny before purchasing, more than a car or camera. That said, please read on the breed and know that I can bring you a good puppy or two, if you really want to invest in a lifelong companion! I love this breed. Smart, courageous and loyal! Good watch dogs, too. see sites like:

  2. i hate the idae of puppy farms and puppy mills… people just interested in money, and put the welfare of the dogs second. Makes me mad!
    This boston terrier doesn’t look in the best of health, and if she’s got inherited problems now, there may be more that surface as she gets older.
    i’d hold on, and keep your eyes open in the classified ads or in the internet, and find a healthy puppy that comes from a good breeder or a family home
    Enjoy your puppy!

  3. Are you able to take a look at the pup’s mother? If the mother is treated well (and still has her fur and teeth and looks healthy), that might be enough to assuage your guilt, should you purchase the pup from the mill.
    Obviously if the mother has no teeth, or a “blown coat,” avoid making the purchase. I know it’s hard to rationalize this, if/once you’ve already fallen in love with the pup.
    I’m against puppy mills too, however, if you want a particular breed, sometimes you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, Hobson’s Choice as it were. I know from whence I speak. Way back in the day, the WASband and I adopted a pug puppy. We had no idea of puppy mills etc until this.
    That boston terrier pup is absolutely adorable. Be aware of several things regarding dogs like this:
    1. Always be careful of their eyes (obviously!)
    2. Brachecephalic dogs such as pugs, peeks, boxers, and boston terriers have problems/infections with their noses etc, and sometimes have difficulties when they need to be anesthetized for surgeries.
    3. Every day wipe their face and nose roll areas down with a damp cloth (to fight off infections).
    4. Smaller dogs also are at a higher risk for broken bones.
    5. If possible, don’t let your dog run up and down stairs, as it puts too much stress and strain on their joints. Our pug had luxating patella (a floating knee problem).
    What would you name her, if you adopt her?

  4. PS: If you want a Boston Terrier just because you fancy the breed, and not to “show” it or breed it, conformation shouldn’t matter as much as overall health.

  5. I’ve decided to put the dog issue on hold, mostly because I’m deciding whether to buy a house or not and I shouldn’t divide my attention. Also, it would probably to be better to bring up a puppy in one place rather than moving it around.
    For the record, I would have named her Runty Bighead, which I think is just adorable.

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