Common Health Problems of Popular Dogs

  • 30 July 2012

Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, colours and temperaments. Any dog owner will know that no two dogs are the same, and neither are their health problems.

Here are some common health problems you should be aware of in popular dog breeds.

Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkies are commonly accused of suffering from ‘small dog syndrome’, but in reality these small dogs are prone to digestive problems so it is advised to keep an eye on their diet. Trachea problems are also an issue for yorkies- symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing and fatigue.

The highly athletic Boxer is prone to heart and thyroid problems and skin allergies. More serious health issues Boxers can inherit include cancer, arthritis and hip and knee issues.

Jack Russell
Intelligent and energetic Jack Russell’s have relatively good health. Once they sustain a healthy diet and regular exercise they can live for up to 14 -16 years. They can however inherit Glaucoma, which may result in gradual loss of vision.

Labrador Retriever
Affectionate and loyal dogs, Labs are family pets and very playful. Labs which are well exercised and maintain a healthy diet have relatively few health problems, but under–exercised dogs are prone to obesity and heart problems.

Cocker Spaniel
Silky coats on Cocker Spaniels require frequent washing and brushing to maintain. Health problems they are prone to include chronic waxy ear build up and greasy / smelly skin and coat.

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