The links on this page pertain to all breeds, please check them out!

I feel that deafness in the Boston Terrier is a more common problem than most people realize. A dog with unilateral hearing (deaf in one ear only) will be able to function normally. Without taking advantage of the BAER test, you may never know if your dog has an issue with hearing or not. Please test your breeding stock! From the OFA site (7/07) out of 497 dogs tested, 2.6% have abnormal hearing (and not all dogs that test abnormal get reported to OFA)
Here are a few links on understanding canine deafness.
• Deafness In the Dalmation - Seltzer PDF
• Dalmation Dilemma - Part 1
• Deafness in Dogs and Cats - Strain
• Congenital Deafness from the OFA site

Patellar Luxation
Out of 771 Bostons tested (7/07), 5.4% were affected with some grade of patellar luxation. Your regular vet can do a simple exam to determine if your dog has normal patellas or not. Preliminary evaulations can be done as young as 6-8 weeks of age. Please visit the OFA site for more information.
• Patellar Luxation from the OFA site
• Patellar Luxation in Small Breeds

Juvenile cataracts can occur in Boston terriers between eight weeks and twelve months of age. Some juvenile cataracts are visible to the eye; others can be identified only by a veterinary ophthalomologist using a CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) test.
• Animal Health Trust / Juvenile Hereditary Cataract
• How you can help with research if your dog has cataracts
• Cataract article

Glaucoma is not something that is checked for at a standard CERF examination. It affects about 1% of Boston Terriers according to the BTCA Survey. It is caused by pressure build up in the eye and can result in blindness. (For more information on Boston Terrier eye disease please visit the BTCA health committee site
• What is glaucoma?
• What is glaucoma? (another site)
Glaucoma in Dogs
• Glaucoma and Cataracts - Can we eliminate them?

Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
Out of 113 dogs tested, 10.6% (7/07) of Boston Terriers have had abnormal hip results. While small breeds generally are not as prone to dysplasia, it is still a good idea to test the dogs you plan to breed.
• Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
• Dealing with the wrong ideas about Hip Dysplasia
• K-9 Hip & Elbow Dysplasia Resources
• Changing the Concept of Canine Hip Dysplasia
• Elbow & Hip Dysplasia
• Understanding Elbow Dysplasia
• Elbow Disorders in the Mastiff and other breeds
• What does Staffa's elbow evaluation mean?
• Elbow Dysplasia: Clinical Signs Versus Radiographic Evidence
• Canine Hip Dysplasia, Are breeders winning the battle?
• Elbow Arthrosis: Basic Principles
• Elbow Dysplasia
• Orthopedic Evaluations, Linda Aronson, DVM
• Dr. Henry De Boer Jr. on Elbow Dysplasia

Seizures & Epilepsy
Here are some links for more information
• Canine Epilepsy Research
• Canine Epilepsy Network
• Epilepsy & Seizures
• Understanding Your Pet's Epilepsy

The T Gene (as associated with bob-tail and tailless breeds)
Here are some links for more information
• Canine Genome mapping, Veterinary Medicine
• Tail and genetics
• The T Gene In Mammals

Here are some other issues that occur in dogs.

List of ACVIM Board-certified Cardiologists by State

Low Thyroid
Demodectic Mange

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome
This link also covers the Elongated Soft Palate, and Stenotic Nares (closed/pinched nostrils)

Breeding Your Dog / Purchasing A Puppy
Be an educated buyer. Be an ethical breeder.
• About dog registries & kennel clubs
• Comparison of a responsible breeder and a backyard breeder
• Thoughts on responsible breeding
• How to recognize an unethical breeder
• How to buy a quality puppy and find a reputable breeder
• International Canine Semen Bank (ICSB)
• Reducing Breed Defects by Carmen L. Battaglia, PhD
• Genetics by George Padgett
• Progesterone Testing
• Dr. Robert V. Hutchison Director of ICSB
• More on Dr. Hutchison Methods of Artifical Insemination
• Maximizing Conception Rates Using Fresh, Cooled or Frozen Canine Semen - AKC-
• Reproduction - Fetal Resorption
• Article: Spontaneous Abortion in the Dog
• Progesterone Graph
• Infertility in Bitches
• Causes of Canine Abortion
• Breeding Culture Programs & Problematic Infections for Dams, Sires, & Puppies
• Planned Breeding by Brackett
• Factors Influencing Canine Reproduction PDF
• Genetics
• Playing COI: Using inbreeding Coefficients
• The Canine Diversity Project

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