Health & Wellness

Top 5 Dog Breeds That Are Most Prone to Cancer

By Odie Blog Editors on July 16, 2021

Just like humans, cancer in dogs is a very common health risk that they may develop at some point in their life. While you can’t always prepare for such health risks, extensive research has determined which specific dog breeds are more prone to developing this disease than others. It is important to understand and continue to educate yourself on this matter so that you’ll be better able to recognize early signs and take the necessary steps toward treatment. 

Here are the top 5 dog breeds that are most prone to cancer: 

Rottweiler

Rottweilers are known for their amazing companionship and loyalty to their owners. Unfortunately, they are one of the breeds that have shown a higher chance of developing cancer. With a life-span of 8 to 11 years, Rottweilers, as they get older, tend to naturally develop major health problems. Some of these health problems include hip dysplasia, bone cancer, elbow dysplasia, and gastric torsion. Despite a higher risk of developing some form of cancer in their lifetime, we can’t ignore the affection they show to their family members – young and old. 

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs are known for their thick and silky fur coat, as well as their calm and confident demeanor. Studies have shown that Bernese Mountain Dogs experience higher rates of possibly developing some form of cancer in their life. Unlike other dog breeds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, tend to have a shorter life span, ranging from around 6 to 9 years. To maintain their high-energy, active lifestyle, it is important they receive a moderate amount of exercise daily. Major health problems that affect Bernese Mountain Dogs include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion, and mast cell tumors. While this breed may be prone to a number of diseases, they make amazing additions to any family, as they are incredible with both adults and kids! 

Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres are known for being fearless and effective farm dogs. Weighing in around 70 to 110 pounds, with a lifespan between 10-12 years, these dogs make perfect protectors. However, despite being an excellent watchdog, they, unfortunately, have also made our list of breeds that are more prone to cancer. Due to their longer lifespan, this is a very common health risk older dogs develop. The health risks they can encounter can include elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, subaortic stenosis (heart disease), and glaucoma. While some of these health issues may never appear, it is important to know about these common health problems and to talk with your vet about them, so you will be able to catch early symptoms.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are known for their incredible intelligence and unquestionable loyalty. These qualities have made them the perfect service dogs, as well as family pets. Their ability to retain training, keen sense of smell, and courage have proven useful to police for over 100 years. In order to maintain their active lifestyle, German Shepherds need plenty of exercises to stimulate their minds and bodies. Like many other dogs with a lifespan up to 12 years, health risks are likely to occur. In time, they may develop cancers, hip dysplasia, arthritis, hemophilia to name a few. Health risks in animals, as well as humans, are inevitable, but educating yourself on the specifics of your dog’s breed will help you prepare and determine the perfect match for your family. 

Great Dane

Great Danes are known for their large and graceful appearance. They have proven to be very affectionate with their owners and young children even though their size may be intimidating at first! Great Danes can be as tall as 32 inches and weigh up to 175 pounds! Due to the nature of their size, it is important to know the appropriate amount of exercise needed to sustain their health. It is also important to consider the responsibility of owning a large dog with a life expectancy of up to 10 years. With time comes health issues that could include osteosarcoma, cardiomyopathy, and gastric torsion. The genetic make-up of a Great Dane can play a factor in determining which health risks they are more prone to developing but these gentle giants make the perfect addition to any family needing protection. 

If you are looking to add a furry friend to your family, we hope this info will better help you understand the long-term responsibility all animals play in our lives, to best determine the perfect fit for your family!

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