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.

    Diane O'Conner
    Diane O'Conner

    We had a Boston who had seizures and acted that way. We would simply sit with him, pet him and talk softly to him until it passed. Vet didn’t know of anything that would prevent the seizures except antidepressants and we didn’t want to give him those since it only happened occasionally. Have your vet check him for any obvious problems that may be the cause. Then, if none, just love him through it.


    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

    Diane O'Conner
    Diane O'Conner

    I am so sorry for your loss. We just lost our 12 year old Boston in October unexpectedly. Apparently he had a tumor on the lining of his heart that burst. No way for our vet to have diagnosed this ahead of time as there were no symptoms other than those typical of a 12 year old dog. His breathing became labored at times starting 2 days before. On the second day, we took him to our vet who kept him overnight and started him on iv fluids and medication after xrays which showed an enlarged heart. The apparent tumor… Read more »


    my Petey has congestive heart failure he is 12 and getting his stomach drained every 7 to 10 days but still holding on.