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26 August 2003 @ 08:20 am
Breeding question  
are there any people on this board that are breeders or have any knowledge of breeding?

my husband posted this on another board last night but we haven't gotten any responses yet, so i figured that i would try posting it here as well. our breeder has been in contact with us about possibly using jack as a stud dog and we don't want to go into anything without researching all about it beforehand.

I've been a Boston owner for a few months now and think (like most Boston owners, I imagine) that I have a very well marked, intelligent, and healthy dog. I've recently begun thinking about the possibility of breeding the dog and had a few questions.

First, let me say before I anger anyone that I understand that there is quite a good deal of research to do before undertaking an endeavor such as this (verifying the health of the dog via ORFA certs, etc.) but I had a few questions that I haven't yet found a good answer to.

I have seen some information that suggests that a Boston's personality traits can change after breeding. What sorts of changes are these with respect to the stud (my dog is a male)? Is this the sort of thing that will cause an otherwise well-behaved male to develop an inclination for leg-humping or territorial behavior? Does it make the animal more energetic or docile? Does it impact his trainability?

Another question that doesn't seem to be mentioned in anything I've read is whether there's a minimum age for a male to be before breeding? Is 1 year too young, 6 months, etc?

Any help you could give with regard to these topics would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 
 
slut5x5 on August 26th, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC)
well, we have a boston kennel, my mom breeds for over 15 years (she's more of a show dog breeder)
and we have a couple of males here, I know someone who bred with 6 months of age (we do it when theyre atleast 1,5 years old) for male dogs it isnt so bad to start early (in my opinion though), but I do think it will change theyre behaviour
smilingcheshire on August 26th, 2003 09:54 pm (UTC)
I think as far as breeding changing the behavior, it depends on the dog.

I wouldn't breed a male before 1 year.

Please make sure that EVERYTHING is top notch on your pup before you breed. Some things to pay SPECIFIC attention to: eyes (the breed is prone to cataracts and glaucoma), personality, and knees (no 'luxating patellas'). I'm sure there are MANY other things to consider, too. This is going to sound silly, but make sure that your pup is up to the breed standard, too. Everyone who agrees to breed Bostons is taking on the responsibility of improving the breed as a whole. This means breeding healthy dogs that also meet the standard.

Please make sure that you want to pursue this - I just visited a Boston Rescue Organization a couple of weeks ago and it broke my heart. There are way too many unwanted dogs out there (Purebreds AND mixes). Make sure that all the pups are going to good homes and please don't just sell them to anybody.