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Top 5 dog breeds: health risks revealed
You may already know the top dog breeds in the nation, but are you aware of the most common diseases associated with these breeds? In response to the American Kennel Club's announcement of the top dog breeds in America, Trupanion revealed common health concerns associated with these breeds. Here are the top five breeds and the characteristics and illnesses often associated with them.

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1. Labrador retriever

Characteristics: Labrador retrievers are great family pets. They are friendly, eager to please, and easy to train. The Lab has been the most popular dog breed several years running and many clients bring one home simply because the breed is stable and well-known.

Health concerns:

  • Cataracts
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation (a displaced kneecap)
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (a cartilage disease)

 

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2. German shepherd

Characteristics: German shepherds offer a sense of security for clients due to their reputations as police dogs and protectors. They are also very intelligent and loyal.

Health concerns:

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Dermatitis
  • Elbow dysplasia

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3. Yorkshire terrier

Characteristics: Yorkies are fearless and bold and love adventure, which is somewhat ironic considering their tiny bodies.

Health concerns:

  • Patellar luxation
  • Achondroplasia (a genetic disorder causing dwarfism)
  • Legg-Perthes (a degenerative disease of the hip joint)
  • Portacaval shunts (a serious liver condition)

 

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4. Beagle

Characteristics: The beagle is known to be one of the happiest of all dog breeds. This dog will love his family unconditionally and is regarded as being a great pet for children.

Health concerns:

  • Cherry Eye (a congenital eye defect)
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip dysplasia

 

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5. Golden retriever

Characteristics: Like the Lab, the golden retriever is a family-friendly pet who loves to please.

Health concerns:

  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
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