Are you considering adopting a Boston Terrier? (Who wouldn’t!)
Then doing some ground research will help with making a decision. And probably one of the questions you have is about how long they live.
How long is a Boston Terrier’s lifespan? A Boston Terrier’s longevity or lifespan range is between 11 to 13 years. Some can live longer or shorter depending on diet, environment, lifestyle and genetics.
Regardless if you have a Boston or are planning on getting one, there are some steps that you can take to increase a Boston Terrier’s life expectancy.
A Boston Bull Terrier longevity range is 11 to 13 years. This is an average based on statistics and comes from the American Kennel Club. There have been many studies carried out by different organizations, but some agree that Bostons can live until they are 15 years old, especially when their death is related to natural causes, i.e. old age.
According to a study by The Kennel Club conducted on a small group of Boston Terriers in the U.K., the most common causes of death are:
Another British study concluded that 16% of canine deaths were attributed to cancer, which was double that of heart disease (8%).
Your Boston Terrier’s longevity depends on many factors (see below). Spotting the signs of health deterioration is key to being able to protect your dog against ageing.
The four factors that influence your Boston’s rate of cellular ageing – or put another way, “looking and feeling” old – are:
Boston Terriers suffer from hereditary diseases such as hemivertebrae, glaucoma, and cataracts. The main contributors to this have been irresponsible breeding, which also causes other diseases that are being transferred to pups.
Also, due to their large heads, Boston Terrier pups are mostly delivered by caesarian section.
This can put the mother and her pups into further health risk when the breeder or owner doesn’t take good care of their dogs.
This is why careful selection of the “who and where” is very important when choosing your Boston Terrier puppy. Since they are prone to several hereditary health problems, going for a reputable breeder has a great impact on your dog’s lifespan.
So, choose a breeder who:
Most of the health problems associated with this breed are due to their “funny” face.
Bostons are a brachycephalic breed (flat-faced). They often have trouble breathing, are prone to overheating and also suffer from numerous eye conditions due to their prominent eyes.
Here are the health problems related to this breed:
Also, the development of chronic or terminal diseases such as cancer or heart problems can contribute to your furry friend’s ageing process.
The following practises related to your Boston’s diet and environment deteriorates their health:
Continue reading to see how you can modify their diet and environment to help protect your pooch against some of the potentially negative effects of ageing.
Are there signs that tell that a dog’s health is deteriorating?
Yes, and here are the most common signs of ageing in senior Boston Terriers:
Ok, so after looking at Boston Bull Terriers’ ageing factors and signs of health deterioration, let’s see how to increase their life expectancy.
The part that plays a big role starts with this question:
What can I do protect my Boston against ageing?
Here’s where you can take action to improve your dog’s health!
To recap, Boston Terriers generally live between 11 to 13 years. However, some live longer than that and others not.
In any case, you can increase your Boston Terrier’s lifespan by addressing the factors that influence their rate of cellular ageing.
Here are some simple steps you can take:
A species-appropriate balanced diet, according to their age, will make sure your Boston Terrier gets all the nutrients needed for a healthy and long life.
Don’t skip our Boston Terrier Nutrition blog post, where you will discover more on this.
Make sure your Boston gets enough antioxidants in her diet.
Blueberries, for example, are a great source of antioxidants.
Maintaining your Boston Terrier’s ideal body weight improves your dog’s health and longevity.
This can be achieved with good nutrition habits (an appropriate diet) and keeping your pooch active throughout her life.
The Boston Terrier’s healthy weight charts in our Boston Terrier Growth Stages guide is a handy resource to get your hands on. Also, if you are having trouble with your Boston’s bodyweight, certainly go to How to Get Your Dog’s Weight Under Control.
Don’t forget about the importance of good hydration!
Supply fresh drinking water, and one that’s been filtered through a high-quality water purifier if necessary. The need for filters will depend on the quality of the water where you live.
Scheduling and attending regular check-ups with a vet work as a preventive method.
Periodical physical examinations are great to assess your dog’s health and spot disease in its early stages of development.
Also, due to the number of health issues related to Boston Terriers, check-ups are the only way to prevent or get an early diagnosis of eye conditions, for instance.
The main goal of vaccines is to improve your dog’s resistance against some known and specific diseases that cause frequent problems in dogs. Always check with your vet for the vaccination schedule.
However, you can minimize unnecessary vaccinations. One of the things you can do is to request antibody titer tests to your vet to determine your dog’s true needs (one of the recommendations from Dr Karen Becker).
Like all dogs, Boston Terriers require both physical and mental stimulation throughout their life. Depending on their age, their exercise needs change, but they don’t disappear.
Follow the tips laid out in our Boston Terrier Exercise Guide for how to exercise your pooch at every life stage.
Using an effective air purifier in your home will reduce airborne toxins. Alternatively, or as well as, you can to use houseplants like Spider plant and Chrysanthemum for great air quality free of toxins.
Avoid toxic home furnishings, synthetic air fresheners, and harsh chemical-laden cleaners.
Creating a dog-friendly home that is toxin-free is not only beneficial for your pooch but also every member of your household. Discover more in How to Make Your Home Dog-Friendly and Safe.
Of the 8 steps outlined above, getting enough antioxidants, an appropriate diet and regular check-ups might be the most important things that you can do to protect your Boston Terrier!
It takes little effort but the rewards are huge, as these steps add years to the life of your Boston Terrier (which is what every dog parent wants!).
Using The 5 pillars to a happy and healthy dog guide is the next best step in the direction of living an enjoyable life with your best friend.