The following medical problems have been found to be associated with certain breed types. This may or may not mean that your pet will have these problems. In addition this does not represent the most complete or up to date list possible. This is because as certain breeds gain popularity, new problems appear because of careless breeding practices motivated by profit.

Breed NamePossible Health Problems
AffenpinscherSlipped Stifle, fractures, eye ulcers, respiratory difficulties
Afghan HoundHip Dysplasia, cataracts, paralysis
Airedale TerrierHip Dysplasia
AkitaHip Dysplasia, bad knees, popping hocks, thyroid problems, PRA
Alaskan MalamuteHip Dysplasia, skin disorders, throid problems, dwarfism in the legs
American Cocker SpanielPRA, cataracts, glaucoma, eye abnormalities, skin conditions, hemophyilia, ear infections, heart disease, epilepsy.
American Eskimo DogHip DysplasiaPRA. For more info, here’s a breed description from the American Eskimo Dog Web Site.
American Hairless Terriersunburn, sunstroke
American Staffordshire TerrierHip Dysplasia, tumors
American Water Spanielskin conditions
Australian Cattle DogHip DysplasiaPRA, and congenital deafness
Australian ShepherdHip DysplasiaPRA, cataracts, deafness in merles, sunburn in reds and red merles, epilepsy and autoimmune disease. For additional information, visit the Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute
Australian TerrierHair loss, allergies, patellar luxation. For additional information, visitThe Australian Terrier Club of America’s Web Site
Azawakhhypothyroidism, seizures, spondylosis, autoimmune disorders
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Brussels GriffonSlipped Stifle, eye lacerations, respiratory difficulty, heatstroke
Brittanyglaucoma, spinal paralysis
Basenjikidney disorder, eye problems, hernias, digestive problems
Basset Houndear infections,glaucoma, bloat, spinal disc problems, eyelid problems
Beaglehypothyroidism, Demodectic Mange, umbilical Hernia, epilepsy, eye and eyelid problems, cryptorchidism, dwarfism, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disk disease, luxating patella. For more information visit the National Beagle Club of America’s Web Site
Black and Tan CoonhoundHip Dysplasia
Bloodhoundeyelid problems, Hip Dysplasia, bloat
Bernese Mountain Dogeyelid problems, Hip Dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, bloat, cancer,
Boxercorneal ulcers, bloat, tumors, digestive problems heart disease
BullmastiffHip Dysplasia, eyelid problems, bloat, tumors,
Bearded CollieHip Dysplasia
Belgian MalinoisHip Dysplasia
Belgian Sheep DogHip Dysplasia, epilepsy, eye problems
Belgian TervurenHip Dysplasia, epilepsy, eye problems
Bouvier des FlandresHip Dysplasia, bloat, elbow dysplasia, heart conditions, thyroid problems, eye problems (cataracts, entropion, glaucoma). For more information, visit the Bouvier Information Health Issues page.
BriardPRAHip Dysplasia, and bloat
Bedlington Terrierkidney disease, thyroid deficiency, PRA, cataracts, retinal dysplasia, liver disease
Border Terriercongenital heart problems
Bull Terrierpatella problems, skin problems, deafness
Border Collieepilepsy, congenital deafness, Hip DysplasiaPRACEA
BologneseIn general, the Bolognese is a healthy breed. However, before buying be sure to check for luxating patella and eye abnormalities.
Bichon Frisecorneal/retinal disorders, skin conditions, ear infections, cataracts
Boston Terrierrespiratory difficulties, heatstroke, eye infections/lacerations, eyelid abnormalities, cataracts
Bulldogcongenital heart disease, heart attack, collapsed nostrils, heatstroke, respiratory difficulties, eyelid abnormalities, skin conditions
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Cardigan Welsh Corgihip dysplasiaPRA, and various eye problems
Cesky TerrierIn general, they are a healthy breed. However, females have tendency toward ovarian cysts and infertility and they can be susceptible to back problems caused by their long back and excessive high-jumping.
ChinookHip Dysplasia
ColliePRACEA, skin conditions, congenital deafness, crusty nose
Clumber SpanielHip Dysplasia, entropion
Chesapeake Bay RetrieverHip DysplasiaPRA, cataracts, eczema
Curly Coated RetrieverHip DysplasiaPRA
Cairn Terrierskin allergies
Chow ChowHip Dysplasia, skin conditions, eyelid abnormalities
ChihuahuaSlipped Stifle, fractures, jawbone disorders, rheumatism, eye problems, heart disease, tooth and gum weaknesses
Canaan DogNot prone to health problems
Cavalier King Charles Spanielheart disease, Slipped StifleHip Dysplasia, eye problems
Chinese Shar-peiHip Dysplasia, eyelid abnormalities, and skin conditions
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Dandie Dinmont Terrierspinal disc problems
Dachshundskin conditions, heart disease, spinal disc problems, diabetes, urinary stones, eye disorders
Doberman PinscherHip DysplasiaVWD, bloat, heart disease, thyroid, liver, and immune-deficiency disorders
DalmatianHip Dysplasia, inherited deafness, skin conditions, and urinary stones
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
English Cocker SpanielPRA, eye abnormalities, ear infections
English SetterHip Dysplasia
English Springer SpanielHip DysplasiaPRA, eye abnormalities, ear infections, skin conditions
English Toy SpanielSlipped Stifle, eye lacerations, eyeball prolapse (eye pops out of socket), ear infections, respiratory difficulty, heatstroke
English ShepherdHip Dysplasia
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
FoxhoundNot prone to health problems.
Finnish SpitzHip Dysplasia, and PRA
French Bulldogeye lacerations, respiratory difficulties, and heatstroke
Flat-Coated RetrieverHip DysplasiaPRAMelanoma of the gums, various health problemsincluding adenocarcinomafibrosarcomahemangiosarcoma,lymphomaosteosarcoma
Note: We love Flat-Coats and want to be sure they are matched with an appropriate home. If you are considering a Flat-Coated Retriever, take a minute to check out this Breeder’s Checklist to see if a Flat-Coat is the right dog for you.
Field SpanielHip Dysplasia, retinal/eye abnormalities, ear infections
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
German Shorthaired PointerHip Dysplasia, cataracts, SAS
German Wirehaired PointerHip Dysplasia
Glen of Imaal TerrierNot prone to health problems
Golden RetrieverHip DysplasiaPRAVWD, serious heart problems, cataracts, skin conditions, eye abnormalities, epilepsy.
Gordon SetterHip Dysplasia
Giant SchnauzerHip Dysplasia
Great DaneHip Dysplasia, bloat, bone cancer, heart disease, tumors
Great PyreneesHip Dysplasia, bloat, eyelid problems
German ShepherdHip Dysplasia, bloat, gastric disorders, penosteitis, spinal paralysis, eye disease, and skin conditions
Greater Swiss Mountain DogHip Dysplasia, bloat
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Hairless Chinese Crestedsensitive to weather extremes (may burn in hot sun). tooth decay (needs dry food to help prevent)
HarrierNot prone to health problems.
HavaneseNot prone to health problems
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Ibizan Hounddrug/chemical sensitivity
Irish SetterHip DysplasiaPRA, bloat, congenital heart disease, skin conditions, epilepsy.
Irish TerrierNot prone to health problems.
Irish Water SpanielHip Dysplasia, hypothyroidism
Irish WolfhoundHip Dysplasia, bloat, bone tumors
Italian GreyhoundSlipped Stifle, fractures, PRA, and epilepsy
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Jack Russell Terrierlens luxation, glaucoma, PRA, epilepsy, cryptorchidism, congenital dwarfism in the legs. For more information, visit: items in our store
Japanese Chineye lacerations, respiratory difficulties, and heatstroke
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
KeeshondHip Dysplasia, skin conditions, and congenital heart disease
Kerry Blue Terriereye problems, cysts, tumors
KomondorHip Dysplasia, bloat, skin allergies
Kyi-LeoSlipped Stifle, flea allergies
KuvaszHip Dysplasia, bloat, skin problems, and allergies
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Labrador RetrieverHip DysplasiaPRA, cataracts, eye abnormalities, and bloat.
Lakeland TerrierNot prone to health problems.
LeonbergerHip Dysplasia, bone disease, and eyelid abnormalities
Lhasa Apsokidney problems, skin conditions, and eye lacerations
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Doginherited deafness in some catahoulas which are mostly white
Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)Not prone to health problems
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
MalteseSlipped Stifle, eye infections, hypoglycemia, teeth, and gum weaknesses
MastiffHip Dysplasia, eyelid problems
Miniature Bull Terrierdeafness, eye disease
Miniature PinscherDemodectic Mange, Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation, Legg’s Perthes Disease. For more information, click here.
Miniature PoodlePRA, cataracts, glaucoma, eye and ear infections, digestive problems, skin conditions, heart disease, and epilepsy
Miniature Schnauzercataracts, corneal disorders, kidney stones, bleeding disorders, liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, skin conditions, cysts
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
NewfoundlandHip Dysplasia, eyelid problems, heart disease
Norfolk TerrierNot prone to health problems.
Norwegian BuhundHip DysplasiaPRA
Norwegian ElkhoundHip Dysplasia, eye problems, cysts, kidney disease
Norwegian Lundehund (Puffin Dog)severe intestinal problems
Norwich TerrierNot prone to health problems.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling RetrieverHip DysplasiaPRA
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Old English SheepdogHip Dysplasia, cataracts, auto-immune disorders, and skin conditions
OtterhoundHip Dysplasia, bloat, hemophilia
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
PapillonSlipped Stifle, fractures
Pekingeseeye lacerations/infections, eyeball prolapse, eyelid abnormalities, respiratory difficulties, heatstroke, collapsed nostrils, cleft palate, jawbone disorders, spinal disc problems, urinary stones
Pembroke Welsh Corgihip dysplasiaVWD, and various eye problems
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeenear infections, seizures
Pharaoh Hounddrug/chemical sensitivity
PointerHip Dysplasia, dwarfism, thyroid problems, skin conditions
Polish Owczarek Nizinny SheepdogNot prone to health problems
PomeranianSlipped Stifle, eye infections, collapsed windpipe, heart disease, skin conditions, tooth and gum disorders
Portuguese Water DogHip DysplasiaPRA, fatal neurological disorder
Powderpuff Chinese CrestedNot prone to health problems.
Pugeye lacerations, eyeball prolapse, eyelid abnormalities, respiratory difficulties, heatstroke, collapsed nostrils, and heart problems
PuliHip Dysplasia, and possibly ear infections
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Rhodesian RidgebackHip Dysplasia, cysts
RottweilerSub-Aortic StenosisHip Dysplasia, Hypothroidism, Osteosarcoma, Juvenile Cataracts, Elbow Dysplasia. For additional information, please visit the health section of the American Rottweiler Club’s web site.
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Saint BernardHip Dysplasia, bloat, tumors, skin conditions, heart disease, eyelid problems
Salukidrug/chemical sensitivity, emotionally sensitive
SamoyedHip DysplasiaPRA, glaucoma, retinal detachment, skin conditions
SchipperkeMucopolysaccharidosis type IIIB (MPS IIIB)
Scottish Deerhoundbloat
Scottish TerrierVWD, leg cramps, skin problems, flea allergies, jawbone disorders
Sealyham Terrierskin conditions, back problems, glaucoma, deafness
Shetland SheepdogPRA, CEA, heart disease, epilepsy, and deafness in blue merles
ShibaHip DysplasiaPRA
Shih TzuSlipped Stifle, eye lacerations, respiratory difficulties, heatstroke, eyelid abnormalities, gum and tooth problems, ear infections
Siberian HuskyHip DysplasiaPRA, cataracts, corneal disorders, thyroid deficiency, zinc-deficiency skin problems
Silky TerrierNot prone to health problems
Skye TerrierNot prone to health problems
Smooth Fox Terrierdeafness, glaucoma, cataracts, skin conditions, heart disease
Soft-Coated Wheaten TerrierHip DysplasiaPRA, flea allergies, PLEPLN
Staffordshire Bull Terriercataracts, tumors
Standard Manchester Terrierglaucoma, bleeding disorders
Standard PoodleAddison’s Disease, Hip DysplasiaPRAVWD, bloat, cataracts, severe skin disease. For more information, please visit
Standard SchnauzerHip Dysplasia, cysts
Sussex Spanielear infections
Swedish VallhundNot prone to health problems
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Tibetan SpanielNot prone to health problems
Tibetan TerrierHip Dysplasia, and PRA
Toy Fox Terriereye problems, skin conditions, cold sensitivity
Toy Manchester TerrierSlipped Stifle, skin conditions, tooth and gum problems, bleeding disorders, chills
Toy PoodlePRA, cataracts, glaucoma, eye and ear infections, digestive problems, skin conditions, diabetes, and heart disease
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
VizslaHip Dysplasia
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
WeimaranerHip Dysplasia, bloat, bleeding disorders, allergies, cysts, tumors
Welsh CorgiSee Pembroke Welsh Corgi or Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Welsh Springer SpanielPRA, ear infections, epilepsy
Welsh Terrierskin conditions, eye problems
West Highland White Terrierskin conditions, jawbone calcification (CMO), liver disease (copper toxicosis), Legg-Perthes (a muscoskeletal disease), hernias
Whippetdrug/chemical sensitivity, emotionally sensitive
Wire Fox Terrierdeafness, glaucoma, cataracts, skin conditions, heart disease
Wirehaired Pointing GriffonHip Dysplasia
Breed NamePossible Health Problems
Yorkshire TerrierSlipped Stifle, eye infections, gum and teeth weaknesses