6 Common Dog Breeds & Their Health Concerns

  • Post By: BBinish Ahmed
  • 20 Dec 2016
Dog Breeds

We’ve all heard the saying that a dog is man’s best friend. They are faithful companions and we have to do justice to them by providing great care. To help your furry friend live  healthy life, here’s a list of some common dog breeds and their health problems.

German Shepherd
German Shepherds are one of the favourite choices for a pet. They are intelligent and easy to train. They make excellent guard dogs but require exercise to maintain optimal health. The common health issues faced by a German Shepherd is chronic eczema and keratitis, a skin condition which inflames the cornea of eye leading to pain or even poor eyesight. These muscular breeds are also prone to hereditary hip dysplasia, a hip socket deformation leading to lameness or arthritis.

Pug
This little dog is docile, playful, quiet, attentive and sociable. They are a healthy breed and generally live a long life. While it’s flat fronted face is the cutest thing you will ever see, it is also a cause for breathing problems. This may cause snoring at night or breathing difficulty in hot weather. Pugs are known to become overweight, so moderate exercise is necessary.

Pomeranian
This fluffy dog is known for its extroverted, playful and friendly temperament. Owners should be familiar of their Pom’s temperature as high temperatures may lead to host of health issues. Cataracts, distchiasis, entropion,  ear irritation, and bad breath are common health concerns. A collapsed trachea also is a common health problem with this toy breed dog.

Labrador Retriever
Throughout history, Labrador Retrievers earned their keep as fisherman's helper, aiding in fetching ropes, hauling nets and retrieving fishes. They are perfect family dogs displaying qualities like gentleness, affection, loyalty and playfulness. If they get regular exercise, health issues will not be a concerned. However, under-exercised dogs can become obese and have greater risk of heart diseases because of weight gain. Inherited defects include extra lashes, cataracts and retinal detachment.

Dalmatian
Dalmatians have been fictional heroes in the popular Disney movie 101 Dalmatians. These spotted animals are playful, friendly, energetic and intelligent. They have a tendency to develop urolithiasis, a condition where crystals are seen in the urine and kidney stones as well. These can be curbed by special diet or surgery.  Common hereditary defects in this breed are deafness.

Indian Pariah
They are a breed of Indian dogs are very social, intelligent, alert and easily trainable. They are capable of independent thinking and good for families. Indian pariah is a naturally evolved and perfected breed, thus its maintenance is minimal and health concerns are fewer. However, they are an active breed and require regular exercise coupled with long walks.