is a member of the American Kennel Club and is also the
National Club which represents, protects, and furthers
the interests of the breed and its owners throughout the world.

Boston Terrier Eyes

According the AKC Standard, The Boston Terrier's "eyes are wide apart, large and round and dark in color. The eyes are set square in the skull and the outside corners are on a line with the cheeks as viewed from the front. Disqualify: Eyes blue in color or any trace of blue." Because Boston Terriers have large and beautiful but somewhat protruding eyes, protecting them is extremely important. Sun exposure for long periods of time must be avoided. You can purchase small sized dog visors that will help keep the sun out of their eyes. They should never be allowed to stick their heads out of automobile windows because the air pressure on the eyes is bad (true for any dog). You should not hike with your Boston in excessively dusty conditions. Its a good idea to carry a dog eyewash eye drops with you so that if dust, sand or plant matter does get in their eyes, you can wash it out before they rub their eyes, risking scratches. If you have landscaping that contains thorny plants such as roses or cactus, you will need to arrange some way of insuring that your Boston cannot get into the area with these plants. Because their eyes protrude and their muzzles are short, there is an increased chance over other dogs that they will scratch their eyes by accident. When walking with your Boston never allow them to come into contact with thorny plants.

Eye drops are applied to dilate the pupils before
the CERF exam is done. This allows the
examiner to visualize any defects within the eye.

The ophthalmologist uses
a slit lamp to
examine the eyes.

There are over 20 different eye diseases that are known to occur in Boston Terriers so this is very important. The one we fear the most are Juvenile Cataracts which will cause total blindness in a very young dogs. With Boston Terriers it is recommended that CERF exams be given every year. Our personal recommendation, if you don't want to do it every year, is to do it before every breeding or in any year you breed your Boston Terrier. This should ensure that you don't pass a serious eye disease on to the puppies. Also make sure that all puppies are CERFed before they go to their new homes.

Here is the List of veterinary ophthalmologists who are qualified to give CERF examinations:

Veterinary Opthalmologist List

These are listed by state, so you can easily find your nearest opthalmologist.

Following are great articles on Boston Terrier Eye Problems:

Boston Terrier Eye Diseases (pdf)

Boston Terrier Eye Disease Statistics 1991-2012 (pdf)

Cataracts In Boston Terriers (pdf)

Juvenile Cataracts In The Boston Terrier (pdf)

Mutation in HSF4 Associated with Early but Not Late-Onset Hereditary Cataract in the Boston Terrier

What can you do to treat Cataracts and Nuclear Lenticular sclerosis in the Horse, Dog and Cat?


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