Our History
  • 1881 – American Kennel Club formed
  • 1890 – Boston Terrier Club of America formed
  • 1894 – Boston Terrier recognized by the AKC as the first American Breed of dog. Boston Terrier Club of America becomes a member club of the AKC.
  • 1947 – Minnesota Boston Terrier Club formed
  • 1950 – Minnesota Boston Terrier Club first specialty show
  • 1980's – MBTC goes broke and cannot have its Specialty Show. AKC gives them a 1 year deadline to hold another Specialty Show or the club will be disbanded. MBTC raises money by garage sales and selling candy bars and holds Specialty show before deadline.
  • 1994 – Club decides to host National Specialty Show with only $1,000 in the treasury. Spends next three years selling candy and t-shirts to raise enough money to pay for the National Specialty Show. Ends up paying for show and increasing money in the treasury to $3,000
  • 1997 – MBTC is 50 years old!
  • 2005 – Membership has grown from 43 members in 2000 to 68 members in 2005.
  • 2010 – MBTC holds its 60th Annual Specialty Show
  • 2010 – 501(c)(3) approval received from IRS
  • 2010 – MBTC holds its first Holiday Bazaar
How We Operate
  • BTCA is a member club of the AKC
  • MBTC is a member club of the BTCA and through them the AKC
  • By-laws are AKC approved
  • Must have a least one Specialty Show a year to continue to exist within the AKC and BTCA
  • MBTC is governed by a board of directors that consists of club officers and a member of the club
  • All club business is conducted using Roberts Rules of Order
  • MBTC follows its own AKC approved bylaws in how it conducts its business
  • Committee chairpersons are appointed, and governed,  by the board
  • The President is a member of all committees


  • President – Barb Bartholomew 
  • Vice President – Sharon Bright 
  • Treasurer – Kristin Milner
  • Recording Secretary – Gwen Head
  • Correspondence Secretary – Judy WestLee 
  • Membership Committee Chair – Kate McKee
  • Newsletter – Position OPEN

Members at Large

  • Kate McKee
  • Sandra Fjerkenstad-Budel
  • Share experiences, knowledge, and friendship with other club members and their Boston Terriers
    Stay up-to-date about health issues affecting Boston Terriers
  • Learn about showing your dog
  • Educate the public about the breed
  • Support efforts to rescue Boston Terriers in need

If you're interested in joining our club, we encourage you to attend one of our meetings or upcoming events. You can pick up an Application form and Code of Ethics agreement. More importantly, you will meet some of our members and learn more about what we do and how you might want to get involved. For a schedule of meetings and events, visit our Events section.

If you are unable to attend a club meeting, please contact us at info@mnbtc.com and a form will be mailed to you.

After you submit an Application, Code of Ethics agreement and Membership Dues, your application will be submitted to our Board of Directors and will be subject to approval by the club members. If you have any questions, contact us at info@mnbtc.com now!

Thank you for your interest in the Minnesota Boston Terrier Club!

Boston Terrier Breeder Directory

It is the goal of MBTC to assist you with finding the healthiest, well-tempered Boston Terrier for you and your family.

MBTC is pleased to provide you with information on reputable, responsible breeders. These individuals have been breeding Boston Terriers for many years and have proven to be some of the best at what they do. They have graciously agreed to be listed on MBTC's website. However, ultimately it is up to you to ask good questions, be well informed on the breed and do your homework when choosing a breeder.

One basic criteria MBTC uses in recommending these breeders is that they all do genetic testing on Mom and Dad prior to breeding and also on the puppies prior to them going to their new homes. They all will offer a good contract on the puppies they sell.

While there may be other Boston Terrier breeders in MN, we are only listing one and that is because we know this breeder, as the others we list, breeds to the Breed Standard for Boston Terriers.

There is no guarantee any of these breeders will have puppies available; most have waiting lists.

However, making that connection is important and could lead to available puppies in the future. Check back periodically for additions to this list.

Barbara Bartholomew
Minneapolis, MN

Jane Cole
Breeder of Merit
Gilja's Boston Terriers

Matt Estelle
BosArt Bostons

Lou and Sue LaCalsey

Glenna V. Sprague, DVM
Breeder of Merit
Doc's Bostons and French Bulldogs


Online Giving!

Our club is run by volunteers and we rely on donations. Each contribution will help our club and the programs that support us. Please give any amount you can spare. The Minnesota Boston Terrier Club is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code for 1984, as amended.



Donate Stock To Minnesota Boston Terrier Club


Checks are accepted. Send to: MINNESOTA BOSTON TERRIER CLUB: P.O. Box 7459, Minneapolis, MN 55407


Items For Sale!

Please click here to visit the Minnesota Boston Terrier Club store. This is a great way to support the many efforts of our club to better the breed.

CafePress.com is a "print on demand" company that offers an inexpensive way for our club to make money. Though we only make $3.00 on each sale – every bit helps!

In order to keep our "eShop" free, we are only allowed 12 products to be available at any time. We will rotate designs and products based on your feedback. Please let us know if there is something you would like to see offered here.


The Minnesota Boston Terrier Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
P.O. Box 7459, Minneapolis, MN 55407
If you have any questions, please call 651-254-9874 or send e-mail to info@mnbtc.com.