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Prime ten canine breeds predisposed to hip dysplasia



Hip dysplasia is a deformity of the hip joint in which the ball and socket have not formed equally. The result of this unfortunate disruption can be far-reaching and devastating for both your dog and you as the dog owner. The most severe cases result in partial or total paralysis of the affected dog’s hind legs.

While many think that hip dysplasia in dogs and puppies is only found in large breeds, it is not necessarily the case. Since dysplasia can also be associated with inbreeding, it can occur in smaller breeds, especially those in which certain physical traits are more in demand.

German shepherds

This breed is known for hip dysplasia and, in some cases, may be linked to inbreeding. As one of the most intelligent, trainable, and obedient breeds, they are sought after by the military, police, and animal lovers.

They are popular show dogs and as such there is a very strong requirement for keeping and coloring. It is these very specific requirements that have been associated with inbreeding in the past. Tighter controls have been put in place on breeders, which it is hoped will curb the high incidence of hip dysplasia in these great dogs.

German Mastiff

This giant breed is known for their almost equine appearance, but the sheer size of these magnificent dogs is their downfall too. There are different types, each more beautiful than the other.

Despite their size, these gentle giants make wonderful pets, but they are literally too big for their own good. The average lifespan of the Great Dane is between eight and eleven years. Most of these majestic dogs suffer from cervical spine problems as well as hip dysplasia.


Rotties, as they are affectionately called by those who love them, are one of the most misunderstood breeds. They are often used as guard dogs because of their intimidating appearance. However, they are very gentle dogs and make wonderful pets. Unfortunately, you are also predisposed to hip dysplasia. Those canines with their rather silly faces are difficult to adjust for their size and, unfortunately, also very prone to hip dysplasia.


These flat-faced beauties are also a fairly large breed and have been shown to be prone to hip dysplasia. However, they were bred by mankind to achieve the “perfect” lower jaw and perfect narrow hips and chest. Unfortunately, this search for “perfection” has cost boxers a lot of money and this has shown in their tendency to have problems with their hips (and breathing) later in life.


The first of the smaller breeds on the list, these lovable little dogs made famous by Queen Elizabeth II also appear on the list of breeds predisposed to hip dysplasia. Like dachshunds, they are bred to be “large, short-legged dogs” which has created problems with their lumbo-sacral area and is known to lead to hip dysplasia. Because of the unique shape of these short-legged little canines, they have been known to develop problems that are a little younger.


Like boxers, these “snub-nosed” dogs are bred for their looks, and the shorter their snouts, the more attractive they become. Unfortunately, this has also resulted in inbreeding, which has resulted in hip dysplasia. Being aware of the high likelihood of this condition and taking preventative measures can go a long way in helping your flat-nosed little friend stay happy and healthy longer.

Bouvier des Flandres

Another giant breed, these dogs have lost popularity due to years of inbreeding. They cause serious health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia. A few decades ago these dogs were very popular for being hypoallergenic (like poodles) but after years of inbreeding they eventually became undesirable as pets due to health issues.

Labrador and / or Retriever

Originally bred to “save” the killings of hunters, these gentle, kind, and loving dogs have proven to be one of the best pets of all time. Bitches in particular have a reputation for being wonderful “nannies” for human babies and are therefore very popular as pets. Over time, they have shown a predisposition to hip dysplasia, which can easily be seen in the uneven gait of the “older” dog.

French bulldog

Another of the smaller breeds, this much sought-after breed, has been poorly bred over time to create the “perfect” specimen. These pups sell for thousands of dollars and are the “pets of the star”. The resulting skeletal problems have become evident in recent years.

Shih Tzus

This breed is another of the “designer dog breeds” and as a result has suffered from the effects of inbreeding. One such consequence is a pronounced predisposition to hip dysplasia. These unusual dogs make wonderful pets, but you need to take precautions to ensure your pet stays happy and healthy longer right from the start.

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