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Testing is the only way to know if  there are problems in the line BEFORE it pops up in a puppy and then it is to late. Testing does not prevent, but it is the best tool we have at this time.

Special Links on eye, earing and Luxation

Test Reports


CERF (eye testing)

Patellar Luxation (rear knees)

BAER Testing (hearing)


(listing of Bostons that have passed all three test)

The OFA site has a wonderful set up were you can back trace parents to see if they have also been tested. You can check by dog's AKC number or name.

You can also research by kennel names.

(not all breeders pay to post their dogs information on line or with the registries)





Why Raw

"Carrots, leafy green veggies, potatoes, apples, oranges; fresh, raw meat…" Does this sound like a diet your dog would enjoy? Most of you would probably respond with a " yes." "BUT that is people food", would be your next remark. .......True enough. The above list is part of the human diet, but I feel it should also be a part of your " best friend’s" diet.

The next time you pick up a bag of your favorite dog food, read the package ingredients. Is this really what your "best friend" should be eating? By-products ( such as feathers, teeth, feet, etc.), or chemicals that preserve the food to last months on the shelves? Grain, as the main ingredient, or being added as a filler? Remember: a dog is a carnivore by nature, so doesn’t that mean he should be getting more meat than cereal? Feeding a fresh, natural diet does take more time, but the end result is well worth the effort. I, personally, can remember when a dog’s life span would be around 15 years. Now I see it dropping to 10 years. Why is this; what has changed? When I look back to what my mother fed our dogs, I see a good dog food, supplemented by leftovers from the dinner table. Looking even further back in time, I see more leftovers were fed and less commercial food. AND, as we all know: over these years, the commercial feed companies started adding more and more preservatives. Could this be the reason for the shorter life span of our beloved friends?

Not all of us have the time to prepare a completely raw diet, so, let's explore the options that I recommend for the health of the puppies and dogs that leave Cantrip, for new homes. I ask the new caregivers to read the bags of dog food and to look for natural ingredients. The list of foods I suggest Oma frozen raw diet ,  Sojo to be added with raw meat or their new complete. These are all-natural dog foods and should be the basis of a good diet. I ask that my new owners consider adding fresh foods to the kibble. Table scraps (no pork, no cooked bones, NO COOKED CHICKEN BONES), and yogurt, cheese, fresh veggies that have been crushed, steamed veggies; eggs, cooked or raw; cottage cheese.

By following the above recommendations, I feel that your new Boston Terrier will have a happier, healthier, and longer life.


Cage benefits:


Simplifies house training; confines unattended pets, saves on possible damage to household items, may save his life by keeping him away from electric wires and items that he might find on the floor that should not be eaten.

Fence in and save his life. You would never allow a 2 year old to go out unattended or wonder in the house while you were at work.

Tips for Cage Training {Housebreaking}

 Select a cage size that allows an adult dog ample room to stretch. Use cardboard or hardboard sheet between louvers to create a puppy-size area. Adjust as your dog grows. To much room and the puppy will go in the crate. Dogs in general will not soil their bed.

 Place the cage away from drafts and heat vents. Provide soft washable bedding and offer a treat for reentering the cage.

Starting - establish a regular, daily routine using the cage for naps and whenever puppy is left alone {2-3 hours maximum}. Take the pup from the cage directly to a designated "outside elimination" spot. Then , go directly inside... repeated steps and praise will allow the pup to make the association.

Remember a puppy can only hold his bladder 1 hour per month of age. 

Evenings- well before bedtime, place pup in cage and offer a treat or chew, a positive effect; close and lock gate. Then before bedtime, take pup outside for elimination, return pup to cage and again offer treat, lock cage before retiring. I also suggest that you remove all water early in the evening so he can not "load up" with water just before bed. 

If the pup starts barking, be forceful. Use your "tough" voice and tell him NO. 

 Safety Rules

Never give your new friend raw hide chews. These chews become very soft and mushy and can become lodged in the throat choking him and causing death. These products often come from other countries where manufacturing is not done in sanitary manner, many of these raw hide bones come with parasite eggs that can develop into live worms in your dog. To add to the above list these are not digestible in the dogs system. There have been many reports of dogs having to undergo surgery to remove them from the digestive track.

Never leave your dog’s collar or harness on when left in a crate unattended. In most cases there would not be a problem, but there has been reports of the collar getting caught on the crate and the dog being hung as the fought to get free. Why take a chance.

I personally had a problem why back when I left the collar on . My Westie some how was able to get her leg up under the collar and was stuck in that position for up to 8 hours while I was at work. I was lucky I came home to only a very disturbed uncomfortable Westie with no bad after affects.

Never give you dog cooked bone. Cooked bones become brittle and sharp. and can cause damage to the s intestines as they pass through.

RAW BONES are excellent for him to have. They will give him nutrition and help keep the teeth clean.

Never let your Boston run free. Your Boston may see something of interest across the street and off he will go. Smash no dog. Your puppy may want to follow another person home. Bostons are very friendly and very much wanted by others.

Safe guard your love never leave unattended

How to buy a puppy and what to ask.

CKC is where a lot of the puppy mills are going to cut the new higher cost of AKC. I can register a SPCA dog with CKC. (it is not the Canada Kennel Club-- they are OK)

The deaf gene runs on the white factor. This is the same gene that runs with Boxers, German Shepherds and with Dalmatians.

Blue and white and red and white are mutations and are not a accepted color with The National Boston Terrier Club. As with any breed a mutation can and often has health issues as well a temperament issues. The above colors in Bostons have not been around long enough to have any real studies done. Breeding for "rare white" Bostons is asking for trouble with deafness.

The health tests that should be done on all breeding stock before breeding is CERF for the eyes. BARE testing for the hearing and OFA for the patella.  The price of the dogs should be reflected it the price of the puppy.

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