Welcome to Our Cyber Kennels!
~Informative Information~
Owner/Breeder: April A.
Cullman, AL
Our Kennel Setup

We have recently moved to Cullman, AL, and we didn't bring the original building with us. We are now in the process of building an entirely new kennel for our Boston terrer babies. This Kennel will take a lot of time and money to build. Our kennels are in the works as of now... We have decided to do indoor/outdoor kennels with covered runs for our babies. We will eventually add a building for our whelping/bath area, and another set of runs... Everything is going to be so perfect for our Beloved Boston Terriers. We have the first part of the kennel nearly complete... We have to finishthe first set of runs by adding lighting in each one. Plus, we added a play/exercise area to keep our babies safe and give them added time to get out and play...

Also We would like to add that all our Boston Terrier Babies are Currently being Born and Raised Indoors Inside our Home Until Our Building is up, and the Whelping Area is Complete! Below is some pictures of where your baby will be born and raised until pickup time!!!
~About Us~
I would like to start by telling you about myself and how it all started. My name is April and I am the owner/breeder here at Argo's Kennels. I was raised with animals all my life and came from a long line of animal lovers. As a matter of a fact I have family who are also breeders. (Rhodesian Ridgebacks).
I always wanted to have a job working with animals, so I took a career course in Animal Health Technology, and earned a degree, but over the years after building websites and receiving the website award, I decided to take my career path in a different direction. I have since earned an Associate's Degree in the IT Technology - Web Design.
My aunt Willma gave me my first pure bred pit bull puppy back in 1996.
In 1997 Chance had a beautiful litter of 3 puppies and I fell in love with a solid white male pup that I called Ozzy. They started it all for me.
I later started showing in conformation shows.
Things were going wonderfully for the first several years.
Things later took a turn for the worst when my life had major changes. I was not given a choice but to stop raising my dogs until after I married my wonderful husband in 2003.
After a couple of years I talked with him about getting back into raising dogs.
Due to the lack of space and the large challenge raising pit bulls I decided to go with a smaller breed of which after several months of research; I finally settled on the Boston Terrier.
Boston Terriers are one of the bulldog breeds, but absolutely adore to be around people which makes them a wonderful family pet. They do have bad habits such as snoring, farting, and can be hard headed. They are small and compact with a sleek muscular body and have extremely strong jaws. They do not require much exercise; yet are tough little dogs that are rough; tough; and tumble.They love the attention of their human companions, and would just assume laying around to get petted while you sit and watch television on the couch. They are very flexible and would also love a run around the yard, or to play fetch or tug of war. They love people and get along with other pets.
  • I am now located in North Central Alabama in Cullman, AL.
  • I am a breeder of CKC Boston Terriers
  • Even though some of our dogs have AKC Papers, We don't register any puppies through AKC.
    Answers to Why We Don't Register AKC?
  • We don't show, and don't feel like we need to put our dogs into a show ring to prove he is healthy or of good quality.
  • AKC papers are costly, and don't provide important information in determining how good your puppy will turn out.
  • Our dogs care and happiness comes first, so we have more important things to spend our money on besides name brand paperwork.
  • What does the term 'AKC registered puppies' really mean? Learn what AKC registration papers and pedigrees really mean – and DON'T mean.
    AKC Registered Puppies (Are AKC Papers Important?)
    At some point, if you're talking to an unknowledgeable breeder, you're likely to hear something like this: "My puppies come with AKC papers and a pedigree!"
    They expect you to respond with an awed whistle.
    Here's a better response: O yay.
    Now, you might be surprised to hear this, because you probably thought that AKC registered puppies meant good quality. That's what the AKC would like you to believe. But it's not true.
    The truth about AKC registered puppies is this:
    •The AKC will register any puppy whose parents are registered.
    •The AKC registered those parents because their parents were registered.
    •And so on.
    AKC registration is a mechanical process, a chain of numbers.
    You send the AKC money. If the owners of your puppy's parents and grandparents were all good doobies who kept the chain intact by sending in their own money, the AKC will add your puppy to the chain, sending you a piece of paper with a number on it. Voila . . . your puppy is registered.
    As Dr. Herm David, Ph.D. says, "The AKC has an infinite supply of numbers. It's a good business to be in." "What about a pedigree? Doesn't a pedigree mean good quality?"
    'Fraid not. Send more money, and the AKC will access their database again and spit out the names of your puppy's parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, as many generations as you're willing to pay for. Voila . . . your puppy's pedigree.
    A pedigree is just a list of doggy names.
    Fat purple dog Registration papers and pedigrees don't tell you a single thing about a dog other than its place in the chain of names.
    To get registration papers or a pedigree, a dog doesn't need to meet any qualifications of health, temperament, behavior, or sound structure.
    None whatsoever. A dog can be sickly, vicious, obese, ears pointing every which way, EVEN PURPLE – and the AKC will issue the exact same kind of registration number they give to the Best of Breed winner at the Westminster Kennel Club show.
    "Good grief! And here I thought AKC registered meant good quality!"
    Don't be fooled. Registration papers don't suggest quality in a dog any more than they suggest quality in a car. Does buying a car with registration papers mean it won't be a clunker? Of course not.
    In fact, registration papers suggest quality in CARS more than in dogs, because in most states a car can only be registered if it has at least passed a smog/pollutant check and often a mechanical safety check.
    The AKC registers dogs with no health or safety checks at all.
    Hopefully you will never again make the mistake of believing that the existence of AKC papers or a pedigree has anything whatsoever to do with a puppy's quality. AKC registered puppies with pedigrees is just not a big selling point, no matter how loudly a breeder trumpets it in his classified ad.
    "But papers at least guarantee that a dog is purebred, right?"
    Boy, I'm really beginning to feel like the bearer of bad news here!
    Purebred dogs No. Being purebred has nothing to do with registration papers. Pure bred means that a puppy inherits the limited combination of genes that have been "fixed" in the breed's gene pool. This limited set of genes is what makes the puppy grow up to be a certain size, have a certain type of coat, color, etc. Since those genes are the only genes his parents have to give, they're the only genes the puppy can inherit.
    Thus, a "pure bred" dog must inherit genes for smallish size, brown/black/white color, floppy ears, a short coat that sheds, etc. Those genes are fixed in the breed's gene pool – there are no other choices.
    That's what makes a dog purebred – inheriting genes from the fixed gene pool of his breed. The presence or absence of registration papers has no effect on those genes.
    In fact, a dog can have registration papers, yet still not be purebred.
    It's true. A dog can have registration papers, yet not be purebred, because his registration papers can be falsified. Most registries, such as the AKC, operate primarily on the honor system. They simply take the breeder's word for it that "King" and "Queen" were really the parents of Solomon.
    But scams happen all the time.
    1.Let's say Dishonest Dave has two purebred Boxers with registration papers.
    2.The female is accidentally bred by a stray dog of unknown ancestry.
    3.Dishonest Dave is unwilling to give up the $600 he could get for "AKC registered Boxer puppies" so when the litter arrives, he simply fills out the litter registration paperwork – claiming that his BOXER was actually the father.
    4.The AKC will dutifully mail him a packet of Boxer registration papers for each puppy, which he will happily pass along to the buyer of each puppy....collecting his $600 as he does so.
    5.And no one will be the wiser until the puppies grow up and start to look suspiciously non-Boxerish.
    Fortunately, the AKC has a new DNA testing program now, where participating breeders submit DNA samples of parents and puppies, which conclusively proves parentage. If you want to be sure of who your puppy's parents really are, look for breeders who participate in this program.
    And always remember that GENES make a dog purebred. The presence or absence of registration papers doesn't change the genes inside a dog. He can be purebred without having papers – and sadly, he can have papers without really being purebred.
    "So are papers and pedigrees worth anything at all?"
    Oh, yes – let me explain. Many purebred puppies are offered for sale without papers, or with papers but no pedigree, or with only a short 3-generation pedigree (which is virtually worthless). These sellers will tell you that you don't need registration papers or pedigrees if you just want a pet. Papers and pedigrees, they say, are only necessary if you want to show or breed your dog.
    This is absolutely false.
    Registration papers and pedigrees are the only way you can determine whether a puppy you're considering buying has been inbred too much.
    Excessive inbreeding can result in serious health and temperament problems as a puppy matures. Excessive inbreeding is one reason that so many purebred dogs are unhealthy and/or mentally unstable.
    So you really DO want papers and a pedigree with a purebred puppy – not because their presence indicates a good quality dog, but because their ABSENCE means you can't evaluate this puppy for inbreeding/linebreeding and thus you won't know how much he is at risk for developing health or behavior problems as he grows up.
    To make matters worse, anyone who offers purebred puppies for sale without registration papers or pedigrees obviously doesn't know about any of this.....so what ELSE has he done wrong in breeding and raising this puppy? When you reward ignorant breeders with money, they'll just keep on doing what they're doing – we don't want to encourage that, do we?
    So now you know a little about registration papers and pedigrees and how they can be very helpful.

    What We Breed For!
    Breeding for #1 Temperment.- Because we have children in our home, and several children that come to the house, and because several families have children, our dogs must be well socialized with people and children. (Most Bostons have a rock solid temperment and absolutely adore to be with their humans)
    Breeding Secondly for the health and happiness of our dogs - Because we care about the health, condition, and treatment of our dogs and we want our adults and puppies to be as healthy and happy as they possibly can be before, and after they find their new families. Even though we know our puppies are 100% healthy we are always trying to make improvements to make them more sanitary and happy.
    Because we feel that it is important for new buyers and possible future buyers to be able to see and be confortable knowing they are getting their new puppy from a healthy happy home; We allow people to see their living conditions at any time.
    I also have quite a bit of help, my teenage daughter Tiffany helps out quite alot with everything that goes into keeping our kennel run smoothly... (sometimes, I couldn't do it without her). She helps with the cleaning, feeding, and exercise of all these dogs... My son even like to lay up in the house with a dog in his lap (Against My Husband's better judgement). Tiffany takes them out and walk them and play fetch and tug of war with them.
    Thats what makes our dogs so great, By the time they make it to their new homes, they are well-socialized, happy, healthy, and pre-spoiled!!!

    A Little History Lesson
    Although the Boston Terrier is a cute, compact little dog, and you have decided you would like to be owned by one, it is important to understand the special nature of this little dog and why the breed exists.
    The history of the Boston terrier and the Olde Boston Bulldogge are one in the same. Although the Olde Boston Bulldogge is the original type and form, the Boston terrier is well known today as the "American Gentlemen". Both of these two breeds originated from the same dog.
    The Boston Terrier was bred down in size from pit fighting dogs of the bull and terrier type. The Boston terrier originally weighed up to 44lbs. The gentlemen that we know today were once pit fighters. In fact their weight classifications were divided into lightweight, middle weight, and heavy weight.
    These dogs originated in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, and is one of the few breeds that originated in the United States. The original Boston terrier was a cross between the English Bulldog, and the now extinct English White terrier. Their history can be traced back as far as 1865, to a dog by the name of Hooper's Judge who weighed over 30lbs. He was bred to a smaller female, and their offspring was bred down again to a smaller female. Their offspring then was bred to French Bulldogs to provide the foundation for the Boston terrier. Between 1889 and 1893, the dog that was known as the "roundhead" was then officially called the "Boston terrier" and recognized by the AKC.

    By 1915 the Boston terrier was established, and had become the most popular in the country where they were on the top of the registration list. They were on top again by 1920, and 1930 where they remained at the top until 1960.

    Even though they are not fighters, they are protective and loyal to their family. Their small size and neatness make them a good breed for apartments. The Boston terrier is intelligent and enthusiastic. This breed is easily house trained, and with time and patience, can learn obedience as well as many tricks. Boston terriers are excellent companion pets for children and the elderly.

    The average life span of the Boston terrier is 14 to 16 years.

    A Look Into The Future!
    Our Future Plans Consist of Improving the Health & Make-Up of The Boston Terrier. Because we care about the heatlh of all Offspring produced here at Argo's Kennels and want to produce the healthiest puppies possible. We have done quite a bit of research and were excited about our findings!
    Due to the fact that over breeding the Boston Terrier has caused them to have numerous health issues, Some which include breathing difficulty, incomplete eye sockets, and breeding/whelping problems; just to name a few. The Olde Boston Bulldogge is the original Boston Bull breed, which the Boston Terrier was originally developed from. Even though these two breeds are not reconized as the same breed, We plan to use these facts to our advantage in improving the Boston Terrier Breed. With this information, We plan to add an Olde Boston Bulldog or an already existing; Boston Bull which is a Boston Terrier & Olde Boston Bulldogge Cross To Combine with Our Boston Terriers that we have.
    This will in turn produce a dog that is healthier dog that has fewer breathing difficulties, complete eye sockets, and easier whelping, not to mention improvements in the health of the breed itself, while maintaining the qualities that we love in the Boston Terrier Breed!
    Are These Dogs Able To Be Registered ?
    Yes, Because Unlike The Hybrid, These dogs are related Genetically so therefore they will be registered with the UABR. (The United All Breed Registry)
    Will we still have pure - bred Boston Terriers?
    Yes, We will continue to breed our pure Boston Terriers as well.
    In the near future we also want to start raising and Breeding French Bulldogs!

    Please Be A Responsible Pet Owner! Educate Yourself Before Purchasing A Puppy!
    Don't Drop Your Dog Off at the Pound or Humane Society!
    Written By a Shelter Manager!
    I think our society needs a huge "Wake-up" call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would help more animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there's a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it's dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come into a shelter are purebred dogs. The most common excuses: "We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving too that doesn't allow pets? Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? "We don't have time for her". Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! "She's tearing up our yard". How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog". Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the "Bully" breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted. It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are. If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each animal and making money is better than spending money to take this animal to the vet. Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down". First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to "The Room", every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 shelter workers depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a shelter worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. You see shelters are trying to make money to pay employee pay checks and don't forget the board of directors needs to be paid too, so we don't spend our funds to tranquilize the animal before injecting them with the lethal drug, we just put the burning lethal drug in the vein and let them suffer until dead. If it were not a making money issue and we had to have a licensed vet do this procedure, the animal would be sedated or tranquilized and then euthanize d, but to do this procedure correctly would cost more money so we do not follow what is right for the animal, we just follow what is the fastest way we can make a dollar. Shelters do not have to have a vet perform their euthanasia's so even if it takes our employee 50 pokes with a needle and 3 hours to get the vein that is what we do. Making money is the issue here not loosing money. When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? Or used for the schools to dissect and experiment on? You'll never know and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right! I hope that those of you who still have a beating heart and have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head, I deal with this everyday. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and start educating the public. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. These shelters and humane societies exist because people just do not care about animals anymore. Animals were not intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of your dog (or cat), and breeders are the ones blamed for this. Animal shelters and rescue organizations are making a hefty profit by keeping this misconception going. Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about taking their dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a dog. For those of you that care--- please re-post this to at least one other craiglist in another city/state. Let's see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact.