Which Dog Breeds Have the Most Health Issues?

All dogs can suffer from various illnesses, physical health problems, and diseases. However, some dogs suffer more than others. If you have one of these breeds of dogs that are at high risk for health problems, you should be prepared for higher vet bills too. The following dogs and their multiple health risks are ones you should be wary of or be prepared to care for.

Irish Setters

Irish Setter

These beautiful red-coated hunting dogs have been beloved by many for centuries. Unfortunately, they are a breed that suffers more than just hip and/or elbow dysplasia. They often develop retinopathy, bone cancer, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy to the point of blindness, and much more.

Cocker Spaniels

English Cocker Spaniel

These playful and beautiful dogs are an American favorite. Their curly, silky fur makes them too adorable to pass up. However, these dogs suffer from frequent ear infections when owners don’t clean the ears several times a week, and they can develop kidney disease, heart disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, cataracts, and liver disease. Even one of these health problems can shorten your cocker spaniel’s lifespan by a couple of years.


Boxer Dog

A boxer’s biggest problem is elbow dysplasia, so much so in fact that many of the puppies are born with this problem. It needs to be corrected or the puppies will not be able to learn to walk properly. Other issues associated with the breed include thyroid problems, cancers, congenital heart defects, and heart problems, and skin allergies.

Boxers have short coats that expose their highly sensitive skin to a number of allergies, and these dogs don’t know when to quit licking or scratching. Hence, they can quickly develop open sores as a problem with an allergic skin reaction. Dog cone collars are a must if you are going to heal a boxer of what ails him or her most.

Barrel Chested Breeds

great dane

Large dogs with barrel chests, like the Weimaraner or the Great Dane, suffer bloat, twisted stomachs, and twisted intestines. All of these stomach problems can be deadly if not addressed immediately. Serving small meals and watching your dog for bloat is the best way to prevent these deadly problems.

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