Q. Are white Boston Terriers rare? What about the new "Red" colors as well? I found one on the internet and they say it is a rare Boston and want a lot of money for it. Is it worth that much more?
A. PLEASE ! PLEASE ! First read the Official Standard for the Boston Terrier. There is no mention of a white Boston Terrier anywhere (nor Red's, Fawns or Blue). A white Boston Terrier is not a legitimate color for the breed (neither is red or blue as some puppy mills are advertising). A white Boston Terrier should NEVER be sold as rare...much less ask more money for the poor Boston. These colored dogs (or lack of color) are generally a geneticly weaker dog that is more susceptible to all kinds of health problems. If a breeder should ever offer you a white, red or blue Boston Terrier as rare, don't just walk away. RUN away as fast as you can. Let me say it again...WHITE BOSTON TERRIERS ARE NOT RARE ! They are unfortunate mistakes of nature.
Unfortunate mistakes of nature??
Isn't that harsh?
Now, I can understand that people want to ensure a good healthy pet, but this made any of our "non perfect" Bostons sound like abominations or something. I just found it very crude, what do you think? I know that not every Boston in this community has the "desired" marking as stated in the Official Standard for the breed. and this article makes it seem like these Bostons are awful.
Bah, I love our "mis-coloured" Bostons. I don't think that "pet quality" should be read as a bad thing. I suppose if you are obtaining Bostons ONLY for showing or intense breeding purposes then you are going to want the best colouring possible, but I worry that with information out there like this, people are going to shun the mis-coloured Bostons and it makes me sad to think what will happen to those little beasties.
I'm now starting to think that when I add another Bos to my family, I will search out a non-typically marked one.
Am I being to harsh on the writers of this article? Or is my frustration justified?
Let me know what you think! Back to work I go! Thanks <3
- Des & Winston