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Which Dog Breeds Have The Most Health Problems?

As a dog owner, there is nothing that breaks your heart more than seeing you're doing lying in pain or with some really serious health issues. Some of the most noticeable symptoms of an ailing dog is that it will tend to stay in its kennel and it will not play as often as it usually does.

As much as you can get help from reputable vets, it is important to be keen on the dog breed that you are getting yourself because there are a number of dog breeds that are more prone to health issues than others. By knowing the breed and dog type you are buying, it will not only help you avoid common health problems, but will also help to get an idea of what the right toy could be to alleviate their blues. TufToys is one such brand offering great advice on the appropriately sized dog toys for different breeds etc.

Below are the most common dog breeds that are prone to lots of health problems.

  • The miniature poodle dog breed.

This breed has one of the longest life expectancies among the dog breeds. However, their lives are filled with a lot of health issues that call for regular visits to the vet, with treatments and sometimes surgeries. Commonly, this breed usually suffers from eye-related issues such as glaucoma, cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy. These dogs also suffer from epilepsy and degeneration of vital bones that often result to their immobilization. Before purchasing a miniature poodle breed, it is important to ensure that it has received tests just to ensure that their eyes, hip and knees are in the perfect shape.

  • German shepherd.

This is a very common breed of dogs that is often faced by problems of hip and elbow dysplasia, cataracts, cardiomyopathy, skin allergies, etc. Most of the issues they face are caused by improper breeding strategies that are usually used to keep the purebred appearance. If your dog is mixed with another dog breed, the risks of contracting these health issues are greatly diminished.

  • Labrador retriever.

This is one of the most loved breeds in America. Despite the love it gets, it has quite a number of health issues that result to their shortened lifespan. This dog breed is very prone to cancer as well as other bone disorders that include dysplasia, skeletal dwarfism that prevent their bones from growing to full potential.

If you are rearing a Labrador retriever, it is important to be on the lookout for any possible sign of cancer, bone problems, sugar imbalance as well as any eye problems. As much as some of these problems are more common than others, it does not mean that they should be ignored.

These are not the only dog breeds with health problems. There are several breeds but we have covered the ones that are majorly found in homes. Whatever type of breed you have, it is important to ensure that you report early enough any sign that you may see in your dog before the problems becomes unbearable.

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