Faults, and trouble shooting for new puppy parents.
Click on the blue link above to leave this page and go to CIDD data base which lists known faults in the breed. Some of these faults are so rare that we have never seen them, however, all breeds do have faults and it pays to be clear on this and to be clear on what to expect if you do get a pup which later proves to have a fault.
See our guarantee on the to buy page of the site to see where you stand with us on this.
I will note a few things we have encountered below and how best to deal with them, some may be breed related, most are just 'puppy' things you may encounter.
Another informative page about Hemi Vertebrae and why it is common in Bostons is here
One of the most frequently seen problems is commonly called Cherry Eye, the left eye on the pup below has popped a cherry eye, the gland rolls over and protrudes, it needs to be rolled back into place, a slit is usually cut in selvage and the gland is sewn back into place, when properly done, this fixes it for the life of the dog. It causes no further problem, it is a relatively easy 'fix' our own vet does it here although City vets will often send you to a specialist. We offer no guarantee against this as it is a minor fault and entirely fixable
I have also included a link to a page I found about massaging it back into place, I have tried this with some success, so it is worth a try, Massage
Another less common problem is pinched nares (nostrils) having bred away from this visible fault for years we now seldom see it, badly pinched nares can cause problems further up in the nasal passages, (even more rarely in this kennel due to our breeding practices ) and also if left untreated can put such strains on other organs from the constant battle to breathe that those organs can also be weakened. IE : Heart, Lungs, nasal membranes.
Again most airway problems respond to treatment, only if a problem could not be fixed by surgery would we replace a pup. (this has never happened in all our years of breeding )
Pups may also have an enlongated palate, you can read more about Brachycephalic syndrome here again we see much less of this than is usual in the breed but still cannot promise that a pup will not be affected, with our pups any symptoms have almost always been minor, indeed most of our dogs are able to go on very long walks for several kilometres
This little fellow below is not a Boston but has a condition any breed can be born with, and far more prevalent in short nosed bug eyed breeds, ( their eyes are not bigger than other breeds, they bug our more because of the skull shape and shallow sockets )
Where this pup was born like this, usually it is more older dogs who develop it as they age, any trauma to the eye can also contribute as well as breed predisposition.
On looking into this Dry Eye syndrome, we find some very good advice to help prevent your dog developing it.
Since it is a lack of sufficient tear production which causes the problem, if you make a habit of putting a few drops of any good dry eye product from vet or chemist in your dogs eyes twice a day, according to one of our Facebook followers, her dogs opthamoligist says 90% of dogs eye problems wil just not ocur !
This mess below is one of two pups we bought to breed from, both had the worst Hemi Vertebrae we have yet seen, neither were used by us to breed from, both were rehomed as pets at a loss of some $7,000 to us, no refund or replacment was offered.
Their breeder was advised and yet chose to breed their parents again, he is a registered ANKC breeder.
Follow the line of the vertebrae along from the top down to around one third and you will see an actual gap where is NO VERTEBRAE even visible ! that is NOT normal that is a disgusting spine, the dog is still living a normal life as I write but he is a time bomb, one wrong twist and his active life will be over.
Whether or not surgery will work for a dog with HV depends on where it is and how bad it is, we will replace a dog who is adversly affected by this condition.
More minor faults that may ocur are umbilical or inquinal hernias, if these are small, we do nothing as they resolve as the pup grows, the inguinal ring of musles is not strong when a puppy is young and sometimes allowing bulging in the inguinal area, as the dog matures and those muscles strengthen the bluge resolves without intervention.
Ditto for umbilical hernies, many just call these minor ones late closures, which is fair enough, for if left alone they do close themselves.
If a puppy is born with a hernia that needs to be surgically closed WE DO IT. If we have not, it is because it does not need to be done. We see very few hernias of any sort anyway, but be aware that small ones do not need to be touched, most vets will tell you this, but some want to operate on even tiny ones.
Study done on Hip Dyplsia .
This could be the most important thing you will ever read to aid your dog.
Read about this study on Hip Dysplasia, published in 2006 the study used 48 Labs taken from 7 different litters, it may help you to avoid the dreaded HD.
VERY short presis below, more detailed info can be found here.
“Dogs allowed to eat as much as they wanted showed evidence of hip dysplasia at younger ages than dogs fed less, and the difference between the groups got worse as they got older. By 6 years of age, 50% of dogs in the unlimited food group had evidence of osteoarthritis, compared with only 10% of dogs in the restricted food group. More than 50% of the dogs in the restricted food group still had radiographically normal hips at 12 years old; in the other group, 90% were arthritic. Dogs fed 25% less food than their pair in the control group weighed about 25% less throughout their lives. Heavier dogs had worse hips. “
DEAFNESS is known in the Boston breed, you will find stats suggesting anywhere from 4 to 9 % of them are either unilaterally or bi laterally deaf, our rate for deaf pups is around 2%.
We cannot do the BAER test out here but pups who will be congenitally deaf show symptoms by 8 weeks of age and its easy to spot a deaf pup, a pup only deaf in one ear is not easy to spot, but is also quite ok as a pet and we only sell pets.
Our imported dogs are all BAER tested.