Dog breeds

Dog breeds with the most health problems

Norway recently announced a ban on the breeding of English Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels due to concerns about the dogs’ health.

According to the Oslo District Court ruling, the selective breeding of dogs violates animal welfare laws, as animals of any breed cannot be considered “healthy”.

English Bulldogs often develop health issues due to their short muzzles and the shape of their skulls, which makes them prone to serious respiratory problems. Additionally, eye conditions and skin infections in the folds of their skin are also common in dogs.

Cavalier King Charles spaniels are prone to heart problems, eye problems such as cataracts and dry eye syndrome, and joint problems as a result of selective breeding.

Although the country’s historic decision only applies to the two breeds, they are not the only dogs prone to health problems, as several breeds have been linked to an increased likelihood of developing certain diseases.

German shepherd

According to the Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue (MAGSR), German Shepherds are prone to degenerative myelopathy, an autoimmune progressive neurological disease that affects the spinal cord. “It only appears with relative frequency in the German Shepherd Dog; therefore, a hereditary factor is likely but not yet proven,” the outlet states.

Peta also notes that dogs are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, which are classified as developmental disorders caused by the formation of joints as the dog grows. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the disorder, which is inherited and common in several large dog breeds, can lead to eventual loss of joint function.

According to Peta, dogs are also prone to eczema, blood disorders, epilepsy, dwarfism, bloat, which can be life-threatening, and digestive issues.


According to AnimalWised, Shar Peis are another dog breed prone to health issues, which states that dogs can develop cataracts, hip dysplasia, thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism, and eye problems such as conjunctivitis. and corneal ulcers.

Golden retriever

According to the Golden Retriever Society, Golden Retrievers also often develop a number of health issues, with the outlet noting that the dogs frequently suffer from “cancer, hip and elbow dysplasia, patella luxation, chest problems and skin, eye problems, ear infections. , bloating, epilepsy and hypothyroidism”.

Dogs are also at risk of developing von Willebrand’s disease, a blood disorder in which the blood does not clot properly.


Boxers are on the list of unhealthy dog ​​breeds, according to Peta, due to the breed’s likelihood of developing health issues such as cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that causes abnormal heartbeats, epilepsy, tumors and subaortic stenosis, which is a narrowing of outflow. valve located below the aortic valve of the heart that can lead to heart failure.


Due to their body shape, Dachshunds are also prone to a number of health issues, such as spinal and neurological issues, which may require surgery. Dogs can also suffer from obesity and eye problems, according to Canna Pet.

bernese mountain dog

These large dogs have extremely short lifespans, according to Hepper, who notes that years of inbreeding have led to an increased risk of developing cancer.

According to AnimalWised, dogs also have a predisposition to meningitis, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, histiocytosis, ataxia, shaky puppy syndrome, and progressive retinal atrophy.


Just like bulldogs, pugs can also suffer from health issues resulting from their flat muzzle, which restricts airflow and can lead to respiratory problems. Dogs are also prone to eye problems such as eye infections due to their bulging eyes.

Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers are also prone to a number of health issues, according to Peta, who notes that dogs can develop cataracts, hip and elbow dysplasia, and bloat. The breed is also prone to obesity and a condition called exercise-induced collapse, according to PetMD.

According to Peta, the list of most “over-bred” dog breeds also includes Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Poodles and Shih Tzus.