10 Common Dog Breeds And Their Health Issues. Did You Know These?

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For almost 4,000 years, people have been breeding dogs in order to obtain certain physical and mental traits. Breeding increases the risk of health issues being passed along between generations. Just like in humans, conditions and defects are commonly passed genetically from one generation of animal to the next. What’s alarming is that a dog can carry a defect for their whole lives without it ever becoming physically apparent, but can pass that same defect on to their offspring where it can rise to the surface and create health problems. All dogs have conditions that are common to their specific breed, and these health issues are often made worse by careless breeding and inbreeding. Most purebred dogs today are at a high risk for numerous inherited diseases.

Here are 10 popular breeds of dogs, and the health issues that commonly affect them.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Cherished for their sweet dispositions, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is also prone to various genetic disorders. By age five, up to 70% of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels will suffer from a neurological disorder where their brain becomes too large for their skull, a debilitating problem known as canine syringomyelia that causes severe pain and possible damage to the spinal cord.



One of the leading health concerns for Dalmatians is deafness. In fact, 8% of Dalmatians are born completely deaf, and almost 24% are born with deafness in one ear. Although we know that deaf dogs rock, it is the unfortunate reality that many deaf dogs are looked over when choosing a companion.  The Dalmatian also has a unique urinary tract system which makes them more susceptible to Urolithiasis, or urinary tract stones. Depending on the size of the stones, the urinary tract may become blocked, and the condition is often fatal if not treated promptly and correctly. Always consult your veterinarian with questions and concerns.

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