You want a dog, but what kind?  You want to make a smart choice, so you wonder if some breeds live longer than others; are some more difficult to care for than others; will some breeds cost more money than others.

Some breeds do, in fact, often require more care, more costs, etc.  Some breeds you may want to be careful about bringing home.

ENGLISH BULLDOG

People seem to love them for their silly wrinkles and laid-back personality.  However, you need to be prepared to spend a lot of time on skin care.  They are very prone to recurrent skin infections and allergies.  You will need to clean their feet, and skin folds daily.  They are susceptible to arthritis and other orthopedic disorders due to their short, bow-legged limbs.

FRENCH BULLDOG

Everyone loves this breed’s permanent smile, but just like the English Bulldog, they typically have allergy and skin problems.  They can also require plastic surgery to help them breathe easier.  They are also prone to malformed vertebrae and prolapsed discs.

GERMAN SHEPHERD

These dogs are highly popular because they are so intelligent and caring.  However, orthopedic problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia leading to early onset arthritis are common in German Shepherds.  They are also susceptible to degenerative myelopathy affecting their spinal cord, and unfortunately, there is no cure.

CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIELS

If what you want is a happy, gentle dog, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel fits the bill.  However, many develop a heart condition causing their valves to be leaky by six or seven years of age.  They can be maintained for years after diagnosis with medications and monitoring, but their life expectancy is shortened.

BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOGS

This breed is love on four legs.  But, sadly, they are 225 times more likely to develop cancer.  About 25 percent will be affected by histiocytic sarcoma in their lifetime.

 

COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS IN OTHER BREEDS

As a result of selective breeding, dogs now come in all colors, temperaments, sizes, and shapes.  A higher incidence of certain deformities, hereditary defects or infirmities within a specific breed is the result of this breeding practice.

Potential health problems of some common breeds follow –

LABRADOR RETRIEVERS

The Lab is undoubtedly the favorite breed in America due to its affectionate nature and high intelligence.  They are gentle, playful and loyal.  They don’t have a lot of health issues provided they get lots of daily exercise.  They are, however, prone to elbow and hip dysplasia and eye disorders that can cause blindness.

COCKER SPANIELS

It’s their flowing tresses, floppy ears and happy appearance that make this breed popular.  However, frequent bathing and brushing and ear cleaning are required.  Eye disorders such as glaucoma and cataracts, epilepsy, liver disease, and heart disease are the health issues this breed is susceptible to.

BOXER

The boxer is a highly athletic, muscular breed that is unfortunately susceptible to several conditions.  These conditions include thyroid problems, heart problems, and skin allergies.  Cancer, elbow dysplasia and bloat are other medical concerns.

 

 

 



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