20 Unhealthiest Dog Breeds. Is Your Dog On The List?

While many people are now all about that “adopt, don’t shop” life and are happy to bring home adorable mutts in need of good homes, the prestige of purebred dogs still draws quite a few people to buy dogs from breeders and pet shops.

And while the likes of the Westminster Kennel Club may exalt the telltale characteristics of every purebred from the Labrador to the Maltese as being the pinnacle of puppy perfection, what these dogs really boast are decades of inbreeding and genetic mutation. All of that tends to bring nasty health problems along with it. Not so fancy, right?

That doesn’t make these pooches any less loyal or lovable, and there are hundreds of purebred dogs in shelters who need homes. (In fact, many are surrendered to breed-specific organizations and shelters because people can’t handle the financial burden of dealing with their health issues.) So if you have a purebred at home or you’re looking to adopt, here are health risks associated with 20 dogs who clearly got the short end of the genetic stick. If you own one of these breeds, it’s particularly important to consider getting pet insurance to assist with the financial burden of providing proper care to your dog.

20. Golden Retrievers 

Goldens are some of the biggest sweethearts in the canine world, but these cuties are unfortunately susceptible to getting cancer. What you can do to help your golden out is reduce their exposure to environmental factors like air pollution and cigarette smoke as much as you can.

Additionally, Golden Retrievers are prone to a variety of health problems that may be mitigated by heart, hip, thyroid, eye and elbow screenings performed by a veterinarian. These conditions include lymphoma, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), hemangiosarcoma, and diseases of the skin. (Continues On Page 2)