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Health issues of your Purebred.

Health problems exist in all breeds, ex: blind poodle.
Health problems exist in all breeds, ex: blind poodle.
Picture (c) Erika Wisan

     What can your Purebred can expect? Most dog breeds today have health problems that are specific to the breed. Many of the breeds that are of popular demand have become walking health hazards. Inbreeding to keep genetics and follow standards has seriously hurt the breeds. Any breeder that does not health test to specific problems of the breed could be potentially hurting your puppy in the long run.  

     Ten breeds to watch out for are:

  1. English Bulldogs
  2. Pugs
  3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  4. German Shepherds
  5. Dalmatians
  6. Beagles
  7. Boxers
  8. Dobermans
  9. Pekingese
  10. Teacups and Mastiff Breeds

     English Bulldogs are one of the unhealthiest breeds today because of the standards that have been written. Following a guideline of what a dog should look like has caused these problems to the breed: congenital heart disease, heart attack, collapsed nostrils, heatstroke, respiratory difficulties, eyelid abnormalities, and skin conditions.

     Pugs are similar to English Bulldogs but have a spine deformity that causes the curling of the tail. Pug health problems are: eye lacerations, eyeball prolepses, eyelid abnormalities, respiratory difficulties, heatstroke, collapsed nostrils, and heart problems.

     Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have one of the sweetest dispositions in the dog world. However they have a health problem that is so severe and breeding lineage so thin, wondering if the breed will ever survive is a huge issue. Syringomyelia is a malformation of the skull that reduces room for the brain. Other health issues are heart disease, eye problems, slipped stifle, and hip dysplasia.

     German Shepherds are very common 3rd in the U.S. Breeding to the standard of this breed has deformed their hind legs. Walking problems are the least of the worries this breed has endured. Other problems include hip dysplasia, bloat, gastric disorders, penosteitis, spinal paralysis, eye disease, and skin conditions.

     Dalmatians’ health concerns are very concerning especially to families devoted to the breed. Deafness is in every line, and total deafness occurs in about 12% of all puppies born. Another 22% is unilateral hearing which means only one ear can hear. Hip dysplasia, inherited deafness, skin conditions, thyroid deficiency, seizures and urinary stones are among other health concerns.

     Beagles have become very popular since Uno won the Westminster Dog Show in 2008. Uprising in breeding will always be a problem with popular demand. Common health concerns are hypothyroidism, Demodectic Mange, umbilical Hernia, epilepsy, eye and eyelid problems, cryptorchidism, dwarfism, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disk disease, luxating patella

     The Boxers’ most common enemy is cancer. The breed has such a high rate of cancer compared to other breeds it has become a huge concern. Other health concerns are corneal ulcers, bloat, tumors, digestive problems, heart disease, and epilepsy.

     Dobermans have made the cut because of an issue called Von Willebrand disease. It is a bleeding disorder that is cause by a defect or deficiency of a blood clotting protein. It’s a variation of Hemophilia, a small cut can cause life threatening blood loss and even death. Other health concerns include: hip dysplasia, bloat, heart disease, thyroid, liver, and immune-deficiency disorders.

     Pekingese have an extremely dangerous list of health concerns. Many of the health concerns are caused by breed standards, of what the dog should look like. The health concerns this breed have to endure are eye lacerations/infections, eyeball prolapse, eyelid abnormalities, respiratory difficulties, heatstroke, collapsed nostrils, cleft palate, jawbone disorders, spinal disc problems, and urinary stones.

     Teacup breeds are not breeds of dogs. Creating these breeds was done by using the smallest, or runt, of every litter to create a more desirable “purse dog”. Many of these dogs are so unhealthy the fight to survive even few days after birth is a tough road. They are susceptible to hereditary and non-hereditary diseases. Any breeder who breeds these dogs does not care about the dog because it will come with guaranteed health risks.

     Mastiffs and larger breeds, such as Great Danes, have a variety of different health concerns that are different between each breed. The common concerns are hip dysplasia (common in all large breeds), bloat, eyelid/eye problems, and a short life span.

     Owners, breeders and buyers in Macon, Ga should acknowledge the issues of breeds and try to remove the health concerns by proper testing. If our part is done, we may have lineage for future breeding that will create healthier dogs for our families. Without testing we could end up with horrible events. View this link on Pedigree Dogs Exposed if you would like more info on what to expect.

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