Buying a puppy is not an easy task, especially if you don’t know much about these animals. There are many things to consider when bringing a dog home.
When buying or adopting a Boston Terrier, we should not only look at its physical appearance. Behaviour, personality, and the characteristics inherited from its parents are just some of the aspects that we must take into account before choosing one.
Boston Terriers are canines that are characterized by being very loyal and affectionate. They love spending time with loved ones and can make great pets without socialisation training. These dogs need a lot of attention, so it is crucial to select one that is in good physical condition and health and has a personality that suits our lifestyle.
When buying a Boston Terrier, it is vital that you follow the following steps:
1. Choose a Boston Terrier That is at Least Nine Weeks Old
Many people question whether they should buy an adult dog or a puppy. Really, that will depend on your preferences and lifestyle. However, a puppy will always be a better option than an adult since you will have the opportunity to raise it according to your needs. An adult Boston Terrier could already have a personality and behaviour that is not adjustable to your lifestyle.
Generally, Boston Terriers are weaned at 5 or 6 weeks of age. You might think that it is the best time to acquire a dog of this type after that. However, these canines need some extra adjustment time to bond with their bed partners after weaning. For that reason, it is best to adopt or purchase a Boston Terrier that is at least nine weeks old.
A Boston Terrier this age will need a good exercise routine, a proper diet, and lots of love and attention.
2. Select a Reputable Breeder
You can’t get your new pet from just anywhere. There are many breeders with little experience and even falsified data on the puppies they offer.
You can choose a breeder near the area where you live but make sure they are reputable and trustworthy. Not all breeders offer healthy and fit Boston Terrier puppies. A good breeder will provide you with all the health and vaccination records of the canine you want to buy or adopt.
Keep in mind that a responsible breeder will not give a puppy to just anyone. It is normal for them to ask you questions about your lifestyle to determine if you are really qualified to take it home.
Aside from breeders, there are other places where you can get a Boston Terrier. Rehoming charities are also great options as they are usually responsible for rescuing puppies and adult dogs that other families have abandoned.
3. Obtain Information about the Parents of the Boston Terrier
Remember that just like children, puppies may inherit their parents’ personality and physical characteristics. Unfortunately, they can also inherit genetic problems, so it’s important to make sure that neither parent of the Boston Terrier you want to buy has any illnesses or personality problems.
A breeder is required to provide you with information about the parents of the Boston Terrier puppy. In this way, you will be able to have an idea about the health, personality, and behaviour that the canine you want to choose may develop in the future.
4. Meet the Boston Terrier Puppy That You Want to Buy
It is not recommended to select a Boston Terrier the first day you go to the breeder. Ideally, plan to visit the breeder a few days before you bring your new pet home. That is with the objective of carefully observing each Boston Terrier in order to decide which one is the best for you and your family.
You have to observe their behaviour and personality. You will notice that some are more active than others, so a lazy Boston Terrier will not be the best option for you if you are an energetic person.
In addition, the breeder must provide you with all the information related to the puppy, be it its physical condition, personality, behaviour, health, etc. With all this information, you can go home and talk about it with other members of your family to help you make the best decision.
5. Make Sure the Boston Terrier is Purebred
If you have chosen a responsible and certified breeder, it will tell you if the Boston Terrier you have chosen is purebred or not. However, one of the most effective ways to recognize a dog of this type is through its official colours, which the American Kennel Club approves. Generally, Boston Terriers can be black and white, seal and white, or brindle and white.
6. Choose a Healthy Boston Terrier
Generally, Boston Terriers live a long life (between 13 and 15 years), but that does not mean that they live that long. In fact, they suffer from more diseases than they should because they are brachycephalic dogs. That is, they have a short, flat face and a small nose.
Some diseases that can suffer are:
- Brachycephalic Syndrome
- Eye Injury
- Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eyes)
- Patellar Luxation
You want to make sure that the Boston Terrier you wish to bring home doesn’t have any of these health issues.
7. Ask the Breeder for All Health Records
A responsible breeder is required to show you your dog’s health records. That is the surest way to know that your new puppy is totally healthy. Similarly, you should ask for vaccination records so that you can continue the vaccination process in the future.
8. Analyse All the Costs Before Bringing the Puppy Home
Having a Boston Terrier puppy is not only difficult from the point of view of its care, but it is also something that will affect our pocket.
This breed is often expensive in many ways as expenses can range from $1,000 to $20,000.
Expenses may include:
- Home security system
- Vet visits