- Siberian husky:
Siberian huskies may be more likely to develop autoimmune disorders, which often show up on the skin as sores or hair loss, particularly around the face. One immune condition can affect both the skin and eyes, leading to eye problems like glaucoma or cataracts. Treatment for these disorders typically includes corticosteroids to suppress the immune system. In some cases, your vet may prescribe an immunosuppressant like cyclosporine.
As with all dogs with flat faces, bulldogs can suffer from breathing problems. Their small nostrils, elongated soft palate, and narrow trachea can make them snore, and they can also lead to a life-threatening emergency if they get too hot or too tired. That’s why it’s important to keep bulldogs cool in the summer and never overdo it with exercise.
Pugs are at risk for eye problems because of their squashed faces and bulgy eyes. The most serious problem is when an eye pops out of its socket. This can happen if a pug gets into an accident or fights with another dog. If this happens, cover the eye with a damp cloth and take your dog to the vet immediately. The vet may be able to put the eye back in place, although whether the dog will retain vision in the eye depends on the severity of the damage.
4. German shepherd:
Many large breeds are unfortunately prone to developing hip dysplasia at some point in their lives. Hip dysplasia occurs when the joint ball and socket of the hip do not fit together properly, which then leads to pain, arthritis, and difficulty walking. If you’re looking to purchase a German shepherd puppy, be sure to ask the breeder whether or not the puppy’s parents have been screened for hip dysplasia. Parents with healthy hips are more likely to produce puppies with healthy hips.
5. Labrador retriever:
Any dog can become overweight, but labs are especially prone to it. And just like with people, obesity is linked to health problems in dogs. Labs need vigorous daily exercise. If your lab is constantly begging for more food, try giving them raw carrots, green beans, or apples to snack on. Since prevention is easier than weight loss, its best to consult with your vet on a diet plan that’s right for your pet.
Epilepsy, a brain disorder that causes seizures, is unfortunately more common in beagles than in other dog breeds. Most epileptic dogs will have their first seizure between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old. Though epilepsy can’t be cured, frequent seizures (more than one a month) can usually be managed with antiseizure medication.
7. Shih tzu:
Patellar luxation, or “wobbly kneecaps”, is very common in toy breeds such as shih tzus. In patellar luxation, the kneecap occasionally pops out of place, causing the dog to hobble, skip a step, or limp. The kneecap will usually pop back into position on its own, but in severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem and prevent arthritis.
As a boxer owner, you should be aware that your dog is at a higher risk for certain types of cancer, including lymphoma and mast cell tumors. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes and involves white blood cells known as lymphocytes. Mast cell tumors are a type of skin cancer that can have varied forms and also involve internal organs. In both cases, the cancer is often felt as an unusual lump or bump on your dog’s body. Both of these cancers might be treatable, but it’s important to catch them early. So if you have a boxer, be sure to check them regularly for lumps.
Dachshunds are at a higher risk for back injuries and spinal disk problems because of their long bodies. Keeping them at a healthy weight is the best way to help prevent these issues. Excess weight puts strain on the back, so try to limit how often your dachshund jumps down from furniture or climbs stairs.
10. Doberman pinscher:
Dilated cardiomyopathy (dcm) is a serious heart condition that occurs when the heart’s chambers are stretched out and don’t pump blood effectively. In many cases, owners of dogs with dcm don’t even realize something is wrong until their dog collapses. Because dcm is so common in dobermans, many veterinarians suggest annual screenings. Medications can regulate heart rhythm and improve the heart’s ability to pump, but there is no cure for dcm.
11. Cocker spaniel:
Dogs with floppy, furry ears like cocker spaniels are more prone to developing ear infections. The best way to prevent these infections is to clean your dog’s ears every couple of weeks and occasionally flip their ears back to let them breathe. Also, carefully trim any hair growing on the underside of the ears with clippers to help keep the ear canals dry. By minimizing the frequency of ear infections, you may also prevent major problems down the road.
12. Yorkshire terrier:
ThePortosystemic shunt (PSS) is a blood vessel birth defect that is seen more often in small breeds, like the Yorkshire Terrier. The portal vein carries toxins from the intestines to the liver, where it is then cleansed. However, with a PSS, this vein bypasses the liver completely, meaning that the toxins are not removed from the blood. This can cause a wide array of problems like poor growth, vomiting, confusion and seizures. Most of the time, PSS can be corrected with surgery and the dog will go on to live a normal and healthy life.
13. Golden retriever:
If your dog is licking excessively, it could be a sign of allergies. Dogs usually don’t sneeze when they’re allergic to something like people do; instead, they tend to get itchy skin. And frequent licking, scratching, and chewing can lead to hot spots (red, oozing sores). If you’re wanting to try some long-term treatment options at home, be sure to consult with your vet first about your dog’s condition and needs. To soothe itchy skin, you can give your dog oatmeal baths, add an omega-3 supplement to their diet, and make sure they have regular flea treatment.
Poodles are unfortunately one of the many breeds that have an increased risk for developing glaucoma – a serious eye disease that is caused by a build-up of fluid in the eye. This pressure can cause a lot of pain and eventually lead to blindness if left untreated. Early on, glaucoma can be treated with medications but it may eventually require surgery or even removal of the affected eye.
Large breeds like the Rottweiler are unfortunately at a higher risk for developing various joint problems as they age, including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, arthritis, and osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD). OCD is a condition that usually develops in large breeds of dogs who grow quickly during their puppyhood – it occurs when the cartilage in their joints doesn’t form properly. While feeding your Rottweiler the right amount of a balanced diet may help to keep their joints healthy as they age, many dogs unfortunately require surgery to remove the abnormal cartilage.
16. Miniature schnauzer:
Is your miniature schnauzer suddenly drinking excessively or urinating more frequently than usual? These could be signs of diabetes. Any dog can develop diabetes, but miniature schnauzers seem to be at a higher risk. Although diabetes is a serious condition, your dog can live a normal life with treatment and diet changes.
Is your chihuahua making a honking noise when they get excited? They may have a collapsing trachea – a common problem in toy breeds. With collapsing trachea, the cartilage that normally holds the trachea open is weak, so the trachea flattens. Some dogs go their whole lives with collapsing trachea and have no problems from it; others require medication. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to prop the trachea open.
Pomeranians are especially prone to alopecia X, an adrenal gland disease that causes hair loss. Alopecia X often begins during a dog’s youth. If the dog is still intact (not spayed or neutered), the hair often grows back after the operation due to the decrease in *** hormone production. Melatonin supplements can also help with hair growth.
19. German shorthaired pointer:
Aortic stenosis is a medical condition where the aorta – the large blood vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body – becomes narrow. This puts strain on the heart and over time, can cause an irregular heart rhythm. In mild cases of aortic stenosis, there may be no noticeable symptoms. However, in more severe cases, the dog may become weak and tire easily. Unfortunately, aortic stenosis usually shortens a dog’s lifespan, but it can be managed with medications. The most common breeds affected by this condition are Newfoundland dogs, golden retrievers and Rottweilers.
20. Great dane:
Giant breeds like Great Danes are at an increased risk for developing gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), a life-threatening condition that occurs when the stomach fills up with gas and then twists, trapping food and gas in the stomach. If you notice your dog’s abdomen looks distended, and if they are pacing, panting, and drooling excessively right after eating, call the vet right away. GDV can be corrected with surgery but can be fatal if not treated quickly.
21. Shetland sheepdog:
Before you bring a sheltie puppy home, make sure they have been tested for collie eye anomaly. Collie eye affects the retina and the optic nerve, and can lead to blindness in moderate to severe cases. There is no treatment for collie eye, so it’s important to know if your puppy is at risk. Collie eye is fairly widespread among certain breeds of dogs, so ask your breeder if the puppy has been tested.
This condition, which sounds funnier than it actually is, is simply defined as tremors in small dogs that are white (though dogs of other coat colors can get it too). It’s caused by inflammation in the cerebellum and results in shaking that can be so bad the dog can barely walk. The good news is that it’s treatable with corticosteroids, it’s not painful for the dog, and it usually subsides after a few weeks.
23. Boston terrier:
Boston terriers are prone to a number of eye problems because of their protruding eyes, including cherry eye. In cherry eye, a tear-producing gland pops out from behind the dogs third eyelid. It’s called cherry eye because the gland is round and bright red. Cherry eye can be repaired with surgery. Besides cherry eye, Boston terriers are also at risk for dry eye and cataracts.
24: French bulldog:
The French Bulldog, much like its English counterpart, is especially susceptible to breathing problems due to its pushed-in nose, elongated soft palate, and narrow trachea–a condition known as brachycephalic airway syndrome. Because of this, it’s best to keep them indoors on hot days or during periods of extreme heat to avoid any exercise-induced struggling to breathe.
25. Cavalier king charles spaniel:
This heart problem is common in elderly small dogs, but cavaliers often develop it early on. Mitral valve disease occurs when the valve between the left atrium and ventricle doesn’t close tightly, allowing blood to leak backward when the heart pumps. This puts strain on the heart and can lead to symptoms like lethargy and coughing. With monitoring and the right medication, a dog with mitral valve disease can live for years with very few symptoms.
Above are the 25 most popular dog breeds, hope you can find a suitable companion.