Is a Boston Terrier a healthy dog?

Had you known that Boston Terriers used to be pit-fighting dogs? Long time ago, they were bred to be tough, strong and incredibly fast. Luckily for us – and for Boston Terriers – these days are long past and now these little furballs are known as the ‘American Gentlemen’ of dog breeds. And indeed, their sense of fashion is impeccable with their ‘tuxedo’ coats.

But, what good is a dog, even one with an impeccable sense of fashion, if it’s not healthy, right?

Well, you’re in luck because Boston Terriers are known to be generally healthy dogs! And the icing on the cake is that they’re also loyal, friendly, and super smart.

But, just like humans, Boston Terriers can have health problems too. The key to making sure your Boston Terrier stays as healthy as can be, is knowing what to look out for.

One of the most important health aspects to remember about Boston Terriers is associated with their beautiful big round eyes. While they make them look absolutely adorable, those peepers are prone to certain eye problems like cataracts, glaucoma and corneal ulcers. Regular visits to the vet for eye check-ups can help catch any potential issues early.

Also, Boston Terriers belong to a group of breeds known as brachycephalic dogs. These dogs have short noses and flat faces, which makes them more susceptible to breathing problems and heat stroke. This is why it’s important to avoid excessive physical exertion and high temperatures. Always make sure they have access to water and a cool spot to rest.

One more thing to be aware of is that Boston Terriers are prone to obesity. It might be tempting to keep handing out those treats, especially with those puppy eyes gazing at you, but remember, keeping your dog fit and trim is essential to their overall health. Regular exercise and a balanced diet can help maintain a healthy weight.

Patellar luxation is another concern in Boston Terriers, where the dog’s kneecap can get dislocated. If your Boston Terrier starts limping, or you notice a change in how they walk, make sure to take them to the vet as soon as possible for a check-up.

Though this might sound a bit scary, there’s no need to panic. The vast majority of Boston Terriers lead healthy, happy lives. You just need to remember that, like us, they require regular medical check-ups and good quality care to stay in tip-top condition.

If you’re considering adding a Boston Terrier to your family, it’s also essential to find a reputable breeder. Reputable breeders ensure their dogs are genetically healthy, and can provide you with a full lineage of the Boston Terrier puppy. This will give you a clue into any potential genetic disorders that might affect your furry friend later in life.

Boston Terriers may not be the warriors they were bred to be any longer, but they certainly are fighters when it comes to dealing with health issues. Thanks to their strong genetic makeup and their even stronger will, a well-cared-for Boston Terrier can live up to 15 years (or even more!).

In summary, Boston Terriers are generally a healthy breed, but like all dogs, they come with their own set of potential health issues. By being aware of these, ensuring they get regular check-ups, and providing them with a good quality diet and enough exercise, your Boston Terrier can lead a healthy and happy life. After all, who can resist those puppy eyes!

So, whether you’re planning to add a Boston Terrier to your family or you’re already a proud parent, remember, they got their nickname ‘American Gentleman’ not just because they’re charming – but also because they’re strong and resilient.