Health Problems of the Boston Terrier Dog Breed


    Even if the Boston Terrier is a dog breed that has a long and healthy life expectancy, there is some health problems that are common of the breed.

    Health issues may occur even with the best of care and some of these problems and diseases are due to a genetic vulnerability.

    If you have a Boston Terrier or if you are looking to get a Boston Terrier, please be aware of these health conditions that can affect this gentle dog breed. Although some health problems could occur, that should not stop you from having a Boston Terrier.

    Boston Terrier Health Problems

    Most Common Health Problems

    1 – Eye Problems

    Because of their large and protruding eyes, Boston Terriers are susceptible to many eye problems including : Cataracts, Corneal Ulcers, Corneal Dystrophy, Glaucoma, Cherry Eye, Distichiasis, Keratitis Sicca and Entropion.

    2 – Respiratory Problems

    Due to their shortened muzzles, Boston Terriers are predisposed to certain respiratory problems. These are called the Brachycepalic Syndrome. Did you know? Most of Boston Terrier dogs are snoring and snorting.  This is caused by an abnormality in the upper respiratory system that can result in a partial obstruction or resistance in the nose and larynx. This is commonly observed in short-nosed breeds where there is an abundance of overlying soft tissues in the shortened bones of the face compromising their breathing.

    3 – Stomach Problems

    Boston Terriers can also have some health problems related to their stomach. They are prone to food allergies and they may require a “special” food diet.

    4 – Orthopedic Problems

    The most common orthopedic-related health problem of the Boston Terrier is the Patellar Luxation. The patellar luxation is the dislocation of the knee. It is manifested by pain, limping, and the affected Boston Terrier may stop periodically to stretch its rear legs. This action allows the patella to pop back to its normal conformation. Patellar luxation is generally genetic in nature. If left untreated it can lead to cartilage damage and Arthritis.

    Consult Your Veterinarian

    If you believe your Boston Terrier may have health problem(s), please consult with your veterinarian.

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    I have a 10 month old Boston and he has been yelping for no reason that I can see. he might be playing or just laying around and he’ll scream and run into his crate and stay there for a good 35-40 minutes . When he gets up he’s acts normally. This has been happening more frequently and my vet suggested x-rays which I will do. At first it happened few and far between ,but this week it has been happening once each day.

    Sue Overton
    Sue Overton

    sisters Boston terrier about 10 is constantly coughing. almost sounds like choking. tried antibiotics but no improvement


    I have a boston terrier that has a bad knee but hasn’t bothered her in a long while, but lately she has been having muscle spasms throughout her whole body for about an hour, ending with the back legs kicking in and out with a spasm before she finally falls asleep. She seems unconfortable, but she can run, eat, go to the bathroom during this time , but when she stops she kinda leans to one side and wobbly, and when trying to lay down she can’t stay still with period spasms. It seems like nerve damage, or muscle control… Read more »


    Sounds like seizures. I would go to the vet.


    My dog, Pierre just died Tuesday morning from heart failure he just made 9. I am so hurt because the veterinary did not catch it. Always get a second opinion if u are concerned about your dog. Lansing Animal Hospital needs to take responsibility for my Pierre. They said he had a heart murmur and to just watch the brown dot in his eye. Almost a week later he is died.


    I am so sorry

    Stefanie Bogsch
    Stefanie Bogsch

    Our boston terrier Tucker has had issues with his nails breaking even with keeping up on trimming them.. we’ve also tried coconut oil which had seemed to help a little bit. Just wondering if any other Boston’s have this issue and what do you find helps this issue?


    My poor Tessa has a Pyloric stenosis and a mega esophagus which caue her to vomited up her food. Her doctor does not want to do surgery on the Pyloric stenosis becomes of her esophagus.


    Hi Jennier – I have a four month old boston who is currently regurgitating his food almost daily, passing food up in his mouth and swallowing it, thirsty, but other than that happy. Would you mind reaching out how you found out how your dog had mega-esophagus or the symptoms, as we are in the beginning steps of trying to figure out what is wrong with our boston. Thank you !


    This is many months after you posted, but my Boston had similar issues that started at 3-4 months, and it turned out he has a sliding hiatal hernia. Treated with medication, all symptoms completely disappeared immediately. It was diagnosed by a specialist – it will not be your average vet’s “go-to”, so keep this in mind,


    my girl sage is 14 1/2 yrs old. she has chf and cataracts. what have you guys done to ease the symptoms of the chf? she is on 2 heart meds.

    Melanie Michelle Andrews

    Geez, this worries me!!! Our little girl also had dermatitis… All fixed now, didn’t know about all these other issues 🙁

    Amy Martinez

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    Kay Perry

    Brain tumors : (

    Emiliano Avalos

    My little puppy eat some paper last days, can be a problem for her? No hungry last days! Doctor said he is ok. Any recomendations for me? Thanks

    Jeanie Shelton

    Oh yeah, our’s seizures were caused by the CHF and the brain tumor.

    Jeanie Shelton

    Rudy, we have had one with mass cell tumors, one with congestive heart failure, and one with a brain tumor. His dad also had congestive heart failure (not related to mine who died from that). Allergies are a big issue, and like people get worse as they age. Our daughter had one with cushings, which caused her to die from CHF.

    Bruno Ribeiro

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    Judy West-Reaser

    You forgot to mention the baby’s attitude problem, Shawn. 😉

    Shawn Reaser

    I have one with atopic dermatitis from allergies and one with respiratory issues in her sinus. Both of them have tender tummies and require diet control. The little one with sinus issues tends to overheat more easily than my bigger one. It’s pretty easy to treat and take care of issues if you know about them.

    Rudy - The Boston Terrier

    Luxating patellas, mast cell tumors, cushings, cataracts and eye ulcers, and deafness in addition to seizures are also very common in the boston terrier breed.


    So sorry, I had a 14yrs old Snoodle who had cushing, terrible disease, .I found out she had Cushing in August 2016, and she passed away October 30, so sad . I miss her every day. My girl Abby!

    Pamela Eaker