Popular breeds still suffer from poor breeding practices by ignorant and irresponsible breeders. In a responsible breeding, dogs of the same lineage are never united and ethical breeders dedicated to the positive development and health of the type of dog that they have chosen will never be able to breed dogs with a temperament or problems preventable health.
Unfortunately, many amateur breeders in the United States and around the world are trying to take advantage of the popularity of certain breeds and will produce many puppies born to fathers and unsuitable mares, often breeding in the same lineage. This prolongs and accentuates various problems within the breed, which is aggravated by consanguinity. Unfortunately, the Boston Terrier is considered a "breed of pet" and is often unethically associated to earn quick money.
The Boston Terriers, though most people are sweet as cakes and easily capture 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 may also be attributable to an owner who has not bothered to train his dog properly. The Boston Terriers are a very exciting and fast breed. These features, coupled with a lack of obedience training, can make a dog very difficult to handle.
In terms of health issues, the Boston Terriers did not have the chance of the draw. They belong to a group of brachycephalic breeds (meaning that they have short heads and noses) and present a number of respiratory problems due to a soft palate and shortened airways. These disadvantages lead to snoring, wheezing and sneezing. Although some owners come to like these sounds and find them charming, they can often indicate a much more serious problem, such as narrowed nostrils or a collapse of the trachea, both of which require corrective surgery. The Boston Terrier is also prone to drooling and gas, which can be embarrassing for the owner who does not expect it. Giving better quality foods, whether purchased in-store or homemade, can help minimize this problem. All in all, the Boston Terrier is a great pet, but it can require a big financial commitment to keep it healthy.
While it is difficult to determine the despicable practices of some breeders when you are examining a new puppy, you can take some steps to make sure that you will have to deal with these temperament and health problems as much as possible. First and foremost, never buy a pet in a pet store. Most pet stores are supplied by puppy mills. Puppy mills are the champions of consanguinity and irresponsible mating. There is no guarantee that your puppy will be even a Boston Terrier breed, but it is very likely that he will have several health problems later. The second step is to find a reputable breeder and do your research. Call the puppy owners spawned by the breeder's dogs and get reliable references. If you make some effort, you can make sure that you will have a much healthier and happier puppy with whom to share your life.