Our first dog was a Dalmatian (That’s Schuyler there on the left). After we adopted him, we learned that some dalmatians can be a bit snippy and also are prone to hip problems and deafness. Fortunately our dog was gentle and healthy.
Our next dog was a Yellow Lab. He was sweet and overall healthy, however like many labs he did become overweight (I take responsibility for my part in that).
Just as we need to know our specific family history of cancer, heart disease and more, it’s helpful to know the health history of our dog’s breed too. With rescue and mixed breed dogs, we don’t always have access to the parents or even any record of where the dog came from and what conditions may have been passed along. To help, ProbioticSmart.com has compiled a list of potential health issues for popular breed. Here are a few:
* Labrador Retriever— tendency to become overweight
* German Shepherd— bloat
* Yorkie–early tooth decay
* Golden Retriever— hip dysplasia
* Bulldog— enlarged heart
* Chihuahua— skin sensitivity
Of course, not every dog will have every issue on the list. Use as a general guideline or as a checklist of things to be aware of. You can check out the entire list of health issues for the 15 most popular breeds of dogs.
What about you? Does your dog share any health concerns common for his or her breed(s)?