The downside of Boston Terriers
Popular breeds always suffer from poor breeding practices due to ignorant and irresponsible breeders. In responsible breeding, dogs of the same bloodline never mate, and ethical breeders dedicated to the positive development and health of their chosen dog type will never breed dogs with avoidable temperaments or health disorders.
Unfortunately, many amateur breeders in the United States and around the world try to capitalize on the popularity of certain breeds and will produce lots and lots of cubs born to unsuitable bulls and mares, often mating within the same bloodline. This prolongs and accentuates various problems within the breed, and inbreeding will aggravate it. Sadly, the Boston Terrier is listed as a “pet store breed” and they are often mated unethically to make a quick buck.
Boston Terriers, while most are sweet as pie and easily acquire basic obedience, can end up being a bit unpredictable, even leading to some aggression. This is often caused by the aforementioned irresponsible breeding practices, but it can also be the fault of an owner who hasn’t bothered to properly train their dog. Boston Terriers are a very excitable and boisterous breed; These traits, along with a lack of obedience training, can make it a very difficult dog to handle.
As for health issues, Boston Terriers were not lucky in the draw. They are in a group of brachycephalic breeds (meaning they have short heads and noses) that have a number of respiratory problems due to an elongated soft palate and shortened airways. These disadvantages lead to snoring, snorting, wheezing, and reverse sneezing. While some owners love these sounds and find them charming, they can often be indicative of a much larger problem, such as narrowed nostrils or tracheal collapse, both of which require corrective surgery. The Boston Terrier is also prone to drooling and gassing, which can be inconvenient for the owner who doesn’t expect it. Feeding higher-quality foods, whether store-bought or homemade, can help minimize this problem. Overall, the Boston Terrier makes a wonderful pet, but it can take a large financial commitment to keep him in top health.
Although the despicable practices of some breeders are difficult to identify when looking at a new puppy, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you will have to deal with as few of these temperament and health issues as possible. First and foremost, never buy a pet from a pet store. Most pet stores are supplied by puppy mills. Puppy kennels are the champions of inbreeding and irresponsible mating. There is no guarantee that your puppy is a purebred Boston Terrier, but it is very likely that he will have several health problems in the future. The second step is to find a reputable breeder and do your research. Call the owners of puppies that the breeder’s dogs have sired and get reliable referrals. If you put in a little bit of groundwork, you can be sure that you will have a much healthier and happier puppy to share your life with.