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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Playing COI: Using inbreeding Coefficients
The Canine Diversity Project