Labradoodles, Basset Hounds, and Border Collies are among the breeds of dogs most likely to suffer from ear infections, researchers at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) found.
After their analysis of 22,000 dogs, Floppy-eared breeds with long ears have a much higher risk of infection compared to pointed-eared dogs as dirt and bacteria are more easily trapped. While ear infections affect most puppies, certain breeds are more prone to inner ear infections than others due to overbreeding.
Elsewhere in their study, scientists found that 7.3% of dogs suffered from ear infections, with other breeds including boxers, Labrador retrievers, and West Highland white terriers.
Chinese Shar Pei dogs made the list too
“Humans invented dog breeds with all sorts of extreme body shapes over a hundred years ago. But it is only now that we are fully realizing how much these body shapes affect the health of these breeds,” Dr. Dan O’Neill, senior lecturer in Companion Animal Epidemiology at RVC, told MailOnline.
“This study examines the floppy-eared dog health problems that many people find so appealing, but the results could lead us all to wonder if we have gone too far in our pursuit of variety in the appearance of our dogs.” is a conversation everyone should have now before deciding on a race. “
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Some of the tell-tale signs that your dog has an ear infection include redness, swelling, smelly discharge from the ear, head shaking, or swelling in the ear flap. If you think your four-legged friend is suffering, always see your veterinarian. It is a very painful problem that needs to be addressed promptly.
Check out the full list of breeds below …
30 dog breeds most likely to suffer from ear infections
- Basset hound
- Chinese Shar-Pei
- Golden retriever
- British bulldog
- American bulldog
- French bulldog
- West Highland White Terrier
- Labrador Retriever
- Cocker spaniel
- Bichon Frize
- English springer spaniel
- Lhasa Apso
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Border terrier
- German shepherd dog
- Other races
- Staffordshire bull terrier
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Border collie
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