Picking out what kind of dog you would like to bring home to your family? Depending on which breed your bring home – you could be bringing home medical problems along with your new pooch.
A recently published article in the Star, discusses what different types of cats and dogs are more likely to frequent the vet and why. This is something to think of when bringing a new pet into your home.
Born with it
The issues that different breeds encounter are hereditary. Certain issues are caused by different genetic predetermined problems.They are often caused by the build of the dog as well. Different problems include: breathing difficulty, bone problems, joint problems and disease.
What breeds have what problems?
According to the Star Bulldogs suffer from respiratory issues. This is caused by the scrunched shape of their face. Pinched nostrils can be so severe that some dogs have to undergo corrective surgery. Pugs suffer from the same problem – which is why these dogs are such heavy breathers
Golden retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia. The ball of their socket joints and their hind legs aren’t properly formed. Sometimes this is so severe the dogs need surgery. They’re often stiff and sore.
Bernese mountain dogs are more likely to get malignant histiocytosis than other breeds. This is a genetic cancer of the lungs and lymph nodes. More than a quarter of the breed population is affected by this cancer.
What breed requires the fewest vet visits?
This is a really difficult question as all breeds have different problems. Unfortunately, every dog is prone to pick up illnesses or injury. There isn’t one invincible breed. However, dogs bred for work tend to be healthier than those bred for aesthetics. Mixed breed dogs or dogs bred in impoverished areas are less likely to pick up disease because they will have to have strong immune systems to survive.
The Net Vet lists the following breeds as the “healthiest” breeds of dogs; Beagles, Border Collies, English Springer Spaniels, Foxhounds, East German Shepherds, Portuguese Podengos, Shiba Inus, Siberian Huskies, Lakeland Terriers and Malteses.
Checking your dogs parental background can help determine how healthy your dog will be. Making sure to take your dog for regular exercise and keeping their diet healthy are great ways to keep your pet in tip-top shape!
Instead of picking a dog based on their pedigree – how about adopting a dog in desperate need of a home? Rescue dogs are often very hearty. They beat the odds on survival! These dogs have a wider genetic background with minimal human interference. This often leads to the healthiest of canines!
There are several important factors when picking the right dog for your family! Cuteness should not be the only deciding factor. Remember,looks are only fur-deep!