|CH Zodiac's Special Beau
One of the most iconic Boston Terriers of our past.
His expression is stunning and reproducing a dog
as nice would be a worthy goal of any breeder.
Because the Boston Terrier is a "young" breed, being less than 150 years old, it has taken many,
many generations and will take many more to build consistency within the breed. One of the
understandings in breeding Bostons is that you can often breed two outstanding individuals and
still get a "mixed bag" in regards to the litter. We have taken big strides in this area through
dedication to top quality and adhering as closely to the breed standard as possible. On the left
above is again, CH Zodiac's Special Beau. The one on the right is actually a "she", but his
spitting image. THIS is what we strive for.
When working with a limited gene pool such as that of the Disqualified Colored Boston,
sub-standard breeding stock is often kept for breeding purposes due to their color. The JHC test
is meant to enable breeders to wisely utilize the information for carrying on qualities of an
outstanding Boston who may unfortunately be a carrier. It is not meant to be used to preserve the
coat color of a poor quality or even average dog. With color breeding programs, multiple JHC
carriers are often kept as breeding stock, not because they are outstanding representatives of the
breed, but because they have or carry the ability to produce a desired coat color.
At the start (and possibly continuing now) of the popularity of the "Colored Boston Terrier", other
breeds were often infused with the Boston in order to get the "rare" colors. Although a Boston
CAN be purebred and of a Disqualified Color, it was apparent that some unscrupulous breeders
were using other breeds to capitalize on the color craze. Many cream and fawn Bostons
resemble French Bulldogs (toplines, rear angles, bully body type). Many reds and blues resemble
pit bulls in type (over muscled heads, long narrow muzzles, loaded fronts, wide set floppy ears).
This has created a "breed" within a breed that is generations behind in consistency of quality.
Two champions can and have produced Disqualified Colors out of nowhere, it IS possible. But it
is very rare because show breeders have not had these colors in their pedigrees for many
generations, it is an accident. A large percentage of these Disqualified Colors are from backyard
breeders, puppy mills, volume/profit breeders who jumped on the Color Gravy Train and bred
color to color (even slipping in other breeds) despite the lack of quality. Show breeders who follow
the correct Standard dispute the validity, bloodlines, and overall quality of the
Disqualified Colors with good reason.