Before you decide to adopt or even go through a breeder, please read up on syringomelia and its prevalence within the breed. Our Boston Terrier was diagnosed with this about a year ago. In short, it is a genetic disorder where the back of the brain is sloped in such a way that it puts pressure on the spinal column. As a result of this pressure, fluid builds up along the spinal column. Our dog exhibited symptoms where he would arch his back backwards and also scratched at the air. The latter symptom is what dogs do in this situation to try to relieve pressure on the back of their neck. Diagnosis of this disorder is made usually with an MRI (costly). Our dog is treated twice a day with lasix to reduce the fluid and also a compound called gabba pentin (sic?) which helps with pain. He was also recently weened off of prednisone which is a steroid that he was taking for about a year initially. Luckily his condition has stabilized under this treatment and now he is at the point where he goes to a 2d vet twice a year to monitor his condition. The only other course of treatment that was offered at his diagnosis was to see a specialist at Cornell who could potentially perform an operation that would almost tuck the end of his brain in, so it would not put pressure on the spinal column. When we got this diagnosis we did research on this condition and discovered it is prevalent in the CKCS breed, to the point where if you tried to get pet insurance for one, syringeomelia is excluded for coverage. Appreciate the information. I've read a few books written on the breed, and have spent some time with a (semi)local breeder. I'm very analytical, and will still spend probably a year or two researching, to ensure this is the breed for me.