Boston Terriers are relatively healthy dogs. They can actually live 13 to 15 years or even more when they are well taken care of.
However, there may be a few health issues you encounter down the line. Here are 5 of the main ones and what they mean for your pooch.
Patella Luxation is a joint issue very common with small and medium-sized dogs. In Boston Terriers, it has been known to get so bad that it affects their posture and results in serious back problems as they grow older.
Boston Terriers are also very prone to developing obesity. This is due to their very high appetites and the fact that they can be absolutely lazy if they are allowed to get away with it. A Boston Terrier should weigh between 10 to 25 pounds. With a healthy diet and regular exercise, this should not be too hard to maintain.
Boston Terriers are also known to suffer from a lot of pregnancy complications. In fact, up to 80% need cesarean sections to deliver. This exposes the female Boston Terriers to complications like bleeding, infections, and anesthesia reactions.
Enlarged anal glands
Boston Terriers can get really stinky. The main cause of this is enlarged anal glands which is a condition that seems to affect them more than most other dog breeds. Fortunately, this is a simple problem to fix with regular expression as part of grooming.
Inflammatory bowel disease
This is the reason why some Boston Terriers fart a lot. It could also cause other gut issues including frequent bouts of diarrhea and obvious abdominal discomfort especially when being handled.