Our Bostons are our kids.
They are endearing, sassy, sometimes naughty, always loving. At Welcome
Ranch, we aim to produce healthy, funny, enduring companions. We only
show our dogs occassionally. Have you seen the movie "Best in Show"?
The antics of the trainers and dog owners portrayed in that film are
not so far from reality. Though many dog enthusiasts love the show
world, for me frequent showing invites a certain angst into one's life
that I don't savor. Many of our dogs, however, trace their lineages
back to show champions, and producing Bostons of good type is important
enduring interest of ours is
to produce Bostons in unusual colors. The recessive genes for red,
fawn, blue and other colors are lurking in the DNA of modern Bostons.
Photos of early Bostons often reveal these unusual colors in the
progenitors of the breed. Bostons of color are gorgeous. Breeding
colorful Bostons is a controversial task, I must say. We have taken
heat from traditionalists about preserving the reds and fawns in our
pack. We say to each his own. We certainly appreciate the work the
purists have done in establishing lovely lines of black and brindle
bostons with good comformation. The colorful Bostons, though, are every
bit as "pure" as the show stock and can be refined to the same degree.
They may even be a vital source of the genes that enhance the brindle
color, now considered the favorite color in the ring. So we intend to
follow our hearts on this and continue to breed for excellence in color.
Good health is another stong emphasis in our program. We
want puppies that are vigorous and trouble-free. Consequently we breed
for dogs that have an ever so slightly longer muzzles to improve
breathing. We screen our dogs for orthopedic, cardiac and eye issues
regulariy. Finally, we free-whelp our bitches whenever possible, that
is, allow the pups to be born naturally. Many if not most Boston
breeders pre-schedule C-sections for their dogs as difficult births are
common. We have the expertise to allow our bitches to deliver
naturally, and rescue the situation immediately if trouble arises. A
line of Bostons that can consistently free-whelp seems a noble goal to
Our Gang Slide Show
So sit back, relax and enjoy the slide show of Our Gang below. It may take
a few minutes for the images to load. We will add more photos of the
dogs as time goes by.
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