The Boston Terrier
The following diseases are reported to occur more frequently in the Boston Terrier than in the general dog population. In some cases the disease either has, or is believed to have, a genetic, hereditary cause but many of the diseases listed here do not have a proven genetic basis. 

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Alimentary tract diseases
This section includes diseases that involve the mouth, oesophagus (gullet), stomach, small intestine (duodenum and ileum), large intestine (colon and rectum), liver and pancreas.

Diseases involving the mouth

Diseases affecting the gullet (oesophagus)

  • Vascular ring anomalies

Diseases involving the pancreas

Diseases affecting the small intestine

Diseases affecting the stomach

  • Pyloric stenosis (congenital antral hypertrophy)

Diseases affecting the large intestine

Blood diseases


  • Brain tumour
  • Chemodectoma
  • Fibroma
  • Histiocytoma (skin)
  • Mast cell tumours
  • Melanoma
  • Pituitary tumour (hyperadrenocorticism)

Cardiovascular diseases

Heart valve disorders
  • Atrioventricular valve endocardiosis

Abnormal development of major blood vessels to the heart

  • Vascular ring anomalies

Heart muscle disease

Eye diseases

Diseases of the eyeball
  • Iris cysts
  • Vitreal syneresis

Diseases of the eyelids

  • Caruncular trichiasis

Diseases of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane)

  • Prolapse

Diseases of the cornea

Diseases of the lens

  • Primary hereditary Cataract (Simple autosomal recessive)

Hormonal (Endocrine) diseases

Immune system diseases

Kidney and Urinary Tract disease

  • Hypospadias
  • Urethral prolapse

Liver diseases

Nervous system diseases

Orthopaedic diseases

  • Abnormalities of the vertebrae eg hemivertebrae, sacrocaudal dysgenesis
  • Achondroplasia - normal for breed
  • Craniomandibular osteopathy
  • Elbow luxation (congenital)

Respiratory diseases

  • Brachycephalic upper airway syndrome
  • Tracheal hypoplasia

Skin diseases

  • Alopecia (patterned)
  • Atopy
  • Calcinosis circumscripta
  • Colour-dilution alopecia (blue)
  • Demodex 
  • Facial fold intertrigo
  • Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's Disease)
  • Intertrigo
  • Melanoma
  • Pattern baldness
  • Pinnal alopecia
  • Retrognathia
  • Skin tumours
  • Tail fold dermatitis (intertrigo)

Other diseases

  • Dystocia
  • Perineal hernia

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