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Breed Specific Health Concerns


Each year the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) polls breed parent clubs about their top health concerns and research interests.  The primary purpose of this poll is to give researchers information about the health priorities of each of the parent clubs.  Additionally, the poll results can be helpful for prospective pet owners because they indicate what diseases affect each breed or are of greatest concern to owners of a breed.  It is important to remember that any dog can come down with a particular disease.  And a particular dog can be very healthy throughout life even if specific diseases are listed as concerns for the breed.  Finally, our poll is not scientific.  It represents the opinions of one or a group of representatives from the breed's parent club.

Information from the 2013 health poll is now available for download.  Click here to obtain the most recent data in spreadsheet format.



Achalasia: Finnish Spitz
Acral Lick Dermatitis: Glen of Imaal Terrier
Actinomyces: Brittany, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Aggression: English Springer Spaniel, Sealyham Terrier
Allergies: Airedale Terrier, American Eskimo Dog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Shepherd, Beagle, Beauceron, Belgian Malinois, Bichon Frise, Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Briard, Brittany, Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chinese Crested, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chinook, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, French Bulldog, German Pinscher, German Shepherd Dog, Giant Schnauzer, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Golden Retriever, Great Pyrenees, Havanese, Irish Setter, Irish Water Spaniel, Leonberger, Manchester Terrier, Mastiff, Miniature Poodle, Norwich Terrier, Old English Sheepdog, Otterhound, Papillon, Parson Russell Terrier, Pharaoh Hound, Pointer, Pug, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Scottish Deerhound, Sealyham Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, Shiba Inu, Small Munsterlander Pointer, Standard Poodle, Swedish Vallhund, Tibetan Mastiff, Tibetan Terrier, Welsh Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier
Alopecia: Alaskan Malamute, American Water Spaniel, Chow Chow, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Italian Greyhound, Old English Sheepdog, Pomeranian, Schipperke
Anal Furunculosis: American Water Spaniel, Border Collie, Boykin Spaniel, Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Field Spaniel, German Shepherd Dog, Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Water Spaniel, Old English Sheepdog, Sussex Spaniel, Welsh Springer Spaniel
Aortic Stenosis: Bull Terrier, German Pinscher, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Samoyed, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Aspergillosis: Vizsla
Atopic Dermatitis: Beagle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bichon Frise, Boston Terrier, Bouvier des Flandres, Chinook, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, French Bulldog, German Wirehaired Pointer, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Norwegian Buhund, Otterhound, Parson Russell Terrier, Pointer, Shiba Inu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Welsh Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Atrial Fibrillation: Irish Wolfhound


Borreliosis: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Small Munsterlander Pointer, Tibetan Mastiff
Brachycephalic Syndrome: Boston Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Bulldog, Chow Chow, French Bulldog, Japanese Chin, Pekingese, Pug, Tibetan Spaniel
Brain Tumors: Bullmastiff
Brucellosis: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon


Cancer: American Water Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Ibizan Hound, Neapolitan Mastiff
Cardiology: American Water Spaniel, Lowchen, Vizsla
Cardiomyopathy: Boxer, Clumber Spaniel, English Foxhound, Flat-Coated Retriever, Great Pyrenees, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound
Cataracts: Afghan Hound, Alaskan Malamute, Australian Shepherd, Belgian Tervuren, Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boykin Spaniel, Brussels Griffon, Canaan Dog, Chow Chow, Cocker Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, German Pinscher, Giant Schnauzer, Havanese, Ibizan Hound, Icelandic Sheepdog, Irish Water Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Labrador Retriever, Lakeland Terrier, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Norwegian Buhund, Norwegian Elkhound, Puli, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Samoyed, Schipperke, Siberian Husky, Smooth Fox Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Standard Poodle, Tibetan Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Yorkshire Terrier
Caudal Cerival Spondylomyelopathy: Doberman Pinscher, Great Dane, Mastiff
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