These are the 10 breeds of sickly dog predisposed to suffering the most health problems and vet visits

In the past 18 months, many of us have welcomed a new four-legged friend into our homes as dog ownership at the Kennel Club increased nearly eight percent in 2020.

But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dogs to choose from, there is a lot to think about before choosing your perfect puppy – whether you want a large dog, family-friendly dog, or a crossbreed.

There are even scientific guides that psychologist Stanley Coren uses in his book “The Intelligence of Dogs” to classify breeds based on instinct, obedience, and adaptability.

When looking for a new dog, it should be noted that certain breeds are predisposed to certain health conditions that, in some cases, can shorten their lives.

This doesn’t mean they don’t make great pets – some are even some of the most popular and popular dog breeds in the UK – but the important thing to know is that there are potential problems so that you know what symptoms to look out for you can make sure that your pooch is getting the best early treatment possible.

Here are 10 of the breeds that are suffering from the worst health problems according to the Kennel Club.

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Basset Hounds are absolutely adorable, but are prone to a range of joint problems, digestive problems including gas, and Willebrand’s severe blood clotting. Getting health insurance for this breed is essential and regular veterinary visits for evaluation are recommended.

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Owners of friendly and loyal Cocker Spaniels should be aware that their pet is prone to a number of health problems, including a variety of orthopedic problems, epilepsy, heart disease, and liver disease.

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Hopefully, sourcing a German Shepherd from a good breeder should minimize the risk of developing a dog with hip dysplasia – a painful condition that affects puppies that can be prevented with careful evaluation. German Shepherds are also more likely to develop cataracts, cardiomyopathy, and skin allergies than most other breeds.

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Pugs are brachycephalic (flat-faced) dogs, which means they can develop health problems that others don’t – especially breathing problems. These bundles of fur can also have problems with dermatitis and eye infections.

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