What are Dog Health Problems by Breed?

What are Dog Health Problems by Breed?

When buying or adopting a new dog, always do your research to make sure that the dog is best suited for the environment you offer. 

Always consider the exercise requirements of your new pet.  If the breed you are considering requires a large amount of exercise, don’t make the purchase if you can’t give it the exercise it needs.  Another important consideration is the dog’s health.

Just like with humans, a dog’s health will differ by dog.  A dog’s health will differ based on its breed, its breeding, and the environment you provide.  Providing the best quality dog food is extremely important.

As you probably know, some breeds of dogs have more health problems than others.  Avoiding dog breeds that may have potential health problems is not necessarily what you should do.  On the other hand, you must be aware of potential health problems of certain breeds.  By doing this, you will know what to look for as your dog ages and will know the dog health supplements that are appropriate for your dog breed.

You can research the internet to determine potential health problems for certain dog breeds.  There are several websites that can help you accomplish this.

One of the best websites I found that help you in this area is www.DogPack.com.  It listed a post entitled, “Possible Canine Health Problems by Breed.”  It helps to answer what are dog health issues by breed.

It’s important to understand that these are only potential health problems by breed.  A dog of a certain breed may not experience some, if not all, of the health issues the website lists.

This website lists many breeds of dogs and possible health issues by breed.  Here is a quote:

The following medical problems have been found to be associated with certain breed types. This may or may not mean that your pet will have these problems. In addition this does not represent the most complete or up to date list possible. This is because as certain breeds gain popularity, new problems appear because of careless breeding practices motivated by profit.

For some of the most up-to-date and detailed information regarding the health of a breed, the American Kennel Club has a listing of National Breed Clubs that lists some of the health problems being encountered with each breed. The AKC also has a web site Canine Health Foundation that lists breed research plus the top 10 diseases of 2000.

Prospective pet owners of a breed with possible health problems may want to obtain a written health guarantee and only buy pets with both parents OFA certified (for breeds susceptible to Hip Dysplasia) and CERF certified (for breeds susceptible to hereditary eye conditions). Even if a breed is not prone to health problems, it does not mean that a particular dog may not have that problem.

The entire posting can be read here.  I encourage you to check it out thoroughly if you are considering the purchase of a new dog.  Or even if you already own a dog.

As the quote says, make sure you receive some type of guarantee from the breeder on common health problems for certain breeds.  Always have your new dog thoroughly inspected by a veterinarian.  If any health issues are found, they can properly advise you of the proper steps you should take to help your dog.

Of course, this website only lists purebred dogs.  The health issues for mixed breeds are more difficult to predict.  If you are aware of the dog’s parents, this can help you determine potential health issues.

What has been your experience in determining dog health problems by breed?  My recommendation is to love them just as much as they love you, no matter what health issues they face.  They certainly deserve it.

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