Boston Terrier Health Problems - a Guide

We may be a little biased but the Boston Terrier is one of the authors favorite dog breeds not just because it is beautiful to look at but because of its nature and behavioral traits. However, as with all breeds, this breed are predisposed to certain health problems highlighted below.

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  1. This breed have large ears that stick up vertically and a small snub like snout. Their eyes also protrude slightly from the face. Due to eyes protruding from the face they are more likely to get foreign objects irritating them and causing problems - such as grass and grass seed.
  2. This breed are also prone to Respiratory problems associated with their short snout - this is a similar problem experienced by other similar short muzzled breeds including the Pug and Shih Tzu. The actual technical name for a breed of dog with a short muzzle is a Brachycephalic breed.
  3. This breed do not like extreme weather - i.e. they don’t respond well to extreme cold or extreme hot weather.
  4. Due again to the short muzzle they can have a tendency to snore when they are asleep. They can also experience a reverse sneeze on occasions - this is when they will inhale quickly through their nose and then gag to clear the mucus.
  5. The Boston Terrier are also prone to a build up of gas in their stomach and small intestines so you need to keep a close eye on this.
  6. It is also reasonably common for this breed to get ear yeast infections mainly because their ears stick up and are more open to infection.
  7. Patella Luxation is another problem in this breed - this is when there is a rupture within the cruciate ligament. This will cause lots of pain and limping.

It is also more common for this breed to get specific eye problems due to their large and protruding eyes, including…

  1. Cherry Eye
  2. Glaucoma
  3. Corneal Ulcers
  4. Dry Eye
  5. Cataracts
  6. Distichiasis
  7. Entropion

Although Boston Terrier health problems do occur it certainly does not mean that your dog will get any of them - it just means he is more likely to get them. So don’t panic and don’t let it put you off getting this wonderful breed.

Tobias Charles writes on all aspects of dog obedience training, puppy training and dog health care. For more information visit his website for the best dog obedience training tips, health care advice and recipes for homemade dog foods for more great tips and information.

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