The Boston Terrier was originally bred for fighting but was later down-bred as a companion dog. As with many dogs with flat faces and short snouts, the Boston Terrier is susceptible to difficulties breathing, and the most serious of these difficulties is brachycephalic syndrome. Also common among dogs this size is patellar luxation (kneecap problems). The Boston Terrier’s life span is 11 to 13 years. A great many Boston Terriers are delivered by caesarean section.
Primary Health Conditions of the Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is, like the bulldog and pug, a brachycephalic breed, meaning literally, “short head.” As a result, one of the most serious of health problems with this breed is an inability to properly breath when the dog is hot or excited, or even exercising moderately. This shortage of breath can be mild, and may pass quickly, but can at times result in cardiac arrest and death.
A less serious condition among Boston Terriers is patellar luxation, or slippage of the knee. This condition can be exacerbated by obesity and may be corrected with surgery.
Secondary Health Conditions of the Boston Terrier
Conditions of the eyes are relatively common among this breed. Because of the position and bulging of the eyes of the Boston Terrier, injuries to these sensitive organs can occur. Cherry eye, or protrusion of the tear duct, as well as cataracts, can also trouble this breed. Because the Boston’s ears are erect, they are not prone to yeasts, bacterial infections, or mites as some dogs are, but ear problems can arise, including sensorineural deafness. The digestive systems of Boston Terriers are often sensitive, which can lead to flatulence that may or may not be corrected by changing the diet.
Boston Terrier Exercise and Walking Needs
Although the Boston Terrier’s exercise needs are only moderate, this dog was bred as a companion animal, and requires a good deal of attention from its owners. A few moderately long walks will suffice in terms of physical activity, but the Boston will need additional play time and companionship around the house. Without stimulation, the dog can appear restless and may bark a good deal. The Boston Terrier likes attention wherever it can be found, including from children.
Boston Terrier Nutritional Needs
The Boston Terrier tends to have a sensitive digestive tract. Thus, these dogs are more likely to be susceptible to problems stemming from lower quality foods. Extra care should be taken to feed the Boston a high-quality, high-protein food. Less expensive foods that contain a lot of grains can cause flatulence. Corn and soy are often the biggest triggers of this condition.
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