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10 Most Popular Dog Breeds and Their Health Concerns

Important Health Information For Your Popular Pup

By Katie Morton. February 20, 2014 | See Comments

A Yorkshire Terrier Sitting In A Posed Position

Purebred dogs are very popular here in the U.S. and it's important to know what health issues are common for each particular breed in order to keep your dog healthy and happy.

Many pet parents opt for purebred dogs over mutts, however, purebreds are more frequently impacted by inbreeding, which can lead to health issues.

The American Kennel Club compiled a list of the most popular dog breeds of 2013, based on dog registration statistics. Here are the 10 most popular dog breeds in the US, along with the health issues that can potentially affect them.

1. Labrador Retriever

The most popular of all registered breeds in the United States and Canada, the Labrador Retriever is a highly affectionate addition to families with children. The Labrador Retriever is a largely healthy dog, but it can nevertheless be prone to certain conditions:

Hip Dysplasia; Elbow Dysplasia; Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA); Obesity


2. German Shepherd

Another affectionate family dog, the German Shepherd is also a dependable service dog. German Shepherd show dogs are recurring favorites at the Westminster Dog Show. Conditions that may affect German Shepherds include:

Hip Dysplasia; Elbow Dysplasia; Panosteitis; Von Willebrand’s Disease; Degenerative Myelopathy; Skin Problems; Dermatitis; Hemangiosarcoma; Pannus; Cataracts; Gastric Torsion (Bloat); Perianal Fistulas

3. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers tend to be extremely friendly dogs, but don’t let their happy-go-lucky personalities fool you; they are also one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Golden Retrievers work as guide dogs, search dogs, and service dogs because of they are both loyal and easy to train. Golden Retrievers may be affected by the following conditions:

Hip Dysplasia; Elbow Dysplasia; Skin Problems; Heart Problems; Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA); Mast Cell Tumor

4. Beagle

The Beagle is a small hound that was bred to hunt small game. While Beagles have an independent nature, they are intelligent dogs who tend to be very healthy with a lifespan of 12 to 15 years, typical of their breed size. However, they are prone to certain health issues:

Intervertebral Disk Disease; Hip Dysplasia



5. Bulldog

Although Bulldogs pack a lot of power into their sturdy frames, they are known for their gentle temperament, low-energy, and friendly companionship. Bulldogs may suffer from different health problems.

Bulldog: Brachycephalic Syndrome; Heart Problems; Hip Dysplasia; Dry Eye; Eyelid Problems; Internalized Tail; Shoulder Luxation



6. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers, a.k.a. Yorkies, are known for being confident, curious, energetic, and intelligent. Yorkies crave love and affection, and may be prone to:

Patellar Luxation




7. Boxer

The carefree-yet-loyal Boxer can be stubborn, but they still make excellent companions. The Boxer is a playful, medium- to large-sized dog that can be prone to:

Heart Problems; Hip Dysplasia; Gastric Torsion (Bloat); Tumors




8. Poodle

Poodles are high energy, intelligent, and easy to train. These instinctual hunters and pointers can be subjected to these health conditions:

Eyelid Problems; Legg-Perthes; Patellar Luxation; Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA); Epilepsy; Sebaceous Adenitis




9. Rottweiler

This large breed with a protective demeanor makes excellent rescue and police dogs, as well as wonderful lifelong companions. This hard-working breed can suffer from:

Hip Dysplasia; Elbow Dysplasia; Heart Problems; Bone Cancer; Gastric Torsion (Bloat); Von Willebrand’s Disease



10. Dachshund

Due to their small stature, Dachshunds are popular city pets. The affectionate Dachshund has been known to bond closely to one family member. While typically playful with their families and other Dachshunds, they may have trouble getting along with dogs of other breeds and children whom they perceive as being aggressive.

Intervertebral Disk Disease; Dry Eye


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