Health Testing Information For Boston Terriers
​HEALTH TESTING - THE Difference Between EXELLENT Breeders and the rest...

Health Testing 101

Everything YOU need to know about health testing

1) Health testing is for ALL breeding dogs - not just show dogs - ALL dogs deserve a sound body

2) There is NO excuse for a breeder to not health test - NONE. But you will hear plenty of excuses!

3) Health testing is easy and straightforward - this site will show you everything you need to know

4) As a puppy buyer the future of YOUR breed is in your hands; the kind of breeder YOU SUPPORT matters
PLEASE support breeders who put money back into their breed by health testing! 

Boston Terriers used for breeding should have "clearances" for the following issues.  A "clearance" is the proof that the dog has been tested - and passed - and are kept by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA.org).  Click the links below to educate yourself on these common Boston terrier health issues.

Hip Dysplasia

Elbow Dysplasia

Eye Health

Patella Luxation

Cardiac Disease



Brachycephalic Ocular Syndrome



Degenerative Myelopathy

Stenotic Nares

Please also visit the OFA site CLICK HERE
and we recommend Paw Print Genetics site CLICK HERE
Go to our dog's individual pages for their health testing information. 

PLEASE! Inform yourself about Boston Terrier health issues!

Boston terriers are too often bred by "backyard breeders" who rarely do any health testing, or test only for juvenile cataracts. In reality, Bostons are a breed plagued by a number of serious health issues, and those who breed for love of the BREED rather than love of MONEY will invest in a variety of health testing.  Please don't fall for all the common excuses!  This breed deserves our best efforts!

This page will give you resources to understand the issues and tests which are important for this breed.   A puppy from health tested parents not only assures you of a better chance for a healthy pup, but also assures a better chance for a healthier future for the whole breed. 
​"Anyone who charges money for a purebred puppy must put money back into health testing to protect and repay that breed and to be considered a reputable breeder."
                                            Diane Jessup
Before we leave the subject of health testing, please be aware that those who do not want to put any of the money they charge for puppies back into the well being of the breed will come up with numerous excuses as to why they don't health test.  Here are a few of the most common.  If you have any questions as to why these are not legitimate excuses please don't hesitate to ask, we will gladly show you why they are not legitimate excuses.

EXCUSES you will hear...

"Costs too much!" (from those who charge a ton of money for their pups!)

"I can tell my dogs are fine." (X-ray vision, I guess.)

"My dogs have never had any issues." (Impossible to know if you don't test!)

"It's ok to breed a carrier, most the pups will be clear." (why breeds have diseases that could be wiped out in a few generations)

"I test but don't send in the results." (really? why? what are you hiding? Why not help increase the database to help our breeds?)

"I don't breed show dogs, just pets." (so pets don't need to be healthy?)

"Health testing somehow harms the dog." (uhm, no.)

"My breed doesn't have any serious health issues" (check the OFA site for information on that)