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Old 08-24-2007, 10:53 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! I'm new to this site and not completely sure how to go about posting threads but I have a quick question and would appreciate any and all comments anyone has. I am planning to get a dog in the next few months and have narrowed it down to two breeds. The Boston terrier and the cairn terrier. I've done a ton of research and spoke to responsible breeders of both dogs and a local vets office and now just want input from some people who may own these types. I have a 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son who are both very gentle and love animals and I do plan to socialize everyone including the dog to teach the kids about respecting the puppy. I'm also a stay at home mom so I will have the time and patience to work on training. Which of these two breeds would be better suited for me in your opinion and why? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Thanks in advance for your response.

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I haven't owned either, but I have worked around both and know people who have both. You are going to find the Boston to be overall a more friendly, loving, "velcro-dog" type. Fairly even temperments throughout all the Bostons I've met. I have heard they can be harder to housebreak but that varies widely with the individual dog. I do feel they can be a little more timid/nervous.

Cairns tend to be a little more independent, and not as needy on its owner than the Boston. Cairns perhaps bit of a "truer" terrier temperment than the Boston. They are loving too but content with being on their own. Tend to be stronger-willed with their training.

However you will find the Cairn a "healthier" breed than the Boston. A heck of a lot of Bostons I know have severe eye problems, both young and old, plus breathing and heart problems. Upon a quick search Cairns suffer from luxating patella (knee cap popping in and out) and von willebrands disease (vWD), which is a bleeding disease. All of these are genetic disorders that your breeder should test for, if they don't test, pass them up! If you go with a cairn please please make sure they tested for vWD. Cairns also need to go to the groomers to get trimmed and their fur pulled where you are fine with bathing a boston at home. I don't believe Cairns shed, if they do it isn't much.

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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us. I'm not very familiar enough with either breed to give advice but wanted to wish you luck in your search for your new puppy.
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Hi and welcome to the forum from me and my Gang in Bonnie Scotland/.

Like Katz I do not own or never have owned either a Boston nor a Cairn, but I do know that Boston's like Pugs and Pekes can have breathing difficulties and if it were me I would go for a Cairn, but you have done your reasearch and at the end of the day th choice is yours. However no matter how much research you do on any breed there is nothing better than speaking to good breeders or owners of both breeds and listening to what they have to say. I would suggest you visit a few dog shows and speak to exhibitors of both breeds. Not sure in theUS but in the UK most owners are only too willing to discuss their breed with you at these shows, but obviously do not approach them when they are just about to go into the ring, as they are busy getting the dog and themselves prepared for the class and could be uptight so pick your moment and I am sure they will help you all they can. Good luck and do keep us posted.
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Thanks to everyone that has responded. I think I've decided to go with the boston after speaking to some other people that handle dogs on a regular basis and reading on a magazine that is devoted to the boston. Now- which would be better as a pet- male or female? And before you ask- Yes- I plan to have either one fixed as soon as they are old enough.

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Hi bdeluna, I have no experience with Boston Terriers, but welcome to the forum!
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If you have no other dogs I think either a neutered male or female dog would be fine. Really this just comes down to personal preference. I like males but you will find just as many people who prefer females. I would keep an open mind, find a great breeder then see which pup best meets your temperament criteria after the litter is born, regardless of gendre.

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