Unhealthy Dogs: These are the ten breeds of lovely dog with most pre-existing health conditions – including the loving Labrador 🐕


The last two years have seen lots of us welcome a latest four-legged friend into our homes, because the Kennel Club saw dog ownership soar.

But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to select from, there’s loads of thought that goes into choosen your pawfect pup – whether you would like a big dog, family-friendly dog, or crossbreed. There’s even academic guidance to hunt down, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ rating breeds by instincts, obedience, and the flexibility to adapt.

One thing to remember when searching for a latest dog is that certain breeds are predisposed to certain health conditions which, in some cases, may shorten their life.

This doesn’t mean that they don’t make great pets – in reality some are amongst the most well-liked and loved dog breeds within the UK – but it surely’s necessary to know that there are potential issues so you recognize what symptoms to look out for therefore you’ll be able to be sure that your pooch gets the very best possible early treatment.

Listed here are 10 of the breeds that suffer from the worst health problems, in response to the Kennel Club.

1. Cocker Spaniel

Owners of friendly and constant Cocker Spaniels must be aware that their pet is prone to a variety of health issues, including quite a lot of orthopaedic issues, epilepsy, heart disease and liver disease.

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2. Bassett Hound

Basset Hounds are utterly lovely but are vulnerable to a variety of joint issues, digestive issues including bloating and the intense blood clotting condition Von Willebrand. Taking out medical insurance on this breed is important and regular vet visits for checkups really helpful.

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3. Pug

Pugs are brachycephalic dogs (flat-faced) meaning they’re liable to develop health issues that others should not – particularly respiratory problems. These bundles of fur can even have problems with dermatitis and eye infections.

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4. German Shepherd

Obtaining a German Shepherd from a great breeder should hopefully minimise the chance of getting a dog with hip dysplasia – a painful condition that affects puppies that may be prevented through careful screeninig. German Shepherds are also more prone to develop cataracts, cardiomyopathy, and skin allergies than most other breeds.

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