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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, English Setter, Portuguese Water Dog, Samoyed
Actinomyces: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Brittany
Acute Respiratory Infection: English Setter
Aggression: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, English Springer Spaniel, American Water Spaniel, West Highland White Terrier, French Bulldog, Border Collie, Tibetan Terrier, Australian Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Bullmastiff, Kuvasz, Portuguese Water Dog, Canaan Dog
Allergies: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Spanish Water Dog, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chinook, Standard Poodle, Chow Chow, Briard, Shetland Sheepdog, Sealyham Terrier, Brittany, Bulldog, Shih Tzu, Bullmastiff, Shiba Inu, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Small Munsterlander Pointer, Bichon Frise, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saint Bernard, Border Collie, Samoyed, Border Terrier, Boykin Spaniel, Boston Terrier, Scottish Deerhound, Scottish Terrier, Poodle, Australian Terrier, Bearded Collie, Beagle, Basset Hound, Basenji, Belgian Malinois, Bedlington Terrier, Pug, Beauceron, Australian Shepherd, Parson Russell Terrier, Otterhound, American Staffordshire Terrier, Havanese, Old English Sheepdog, Irish Water Spaniel, Pointer, American Eskimo Dog, Pharaoh Hound, Airedale Terrier, Irish Setter, Alaskan Malamute, German Wirehaired Pointer, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Giant Schnauzer, German Pinscher, Norwich Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Welsh Terrier, Leonberger, West Highland White Terrier, Weimaraner, French Bulldog, Miniature Poodle, Manchester Terrier, Mastiff, Vizsla, Tibetan Terrier, Swedish Vallhund, Collie, Tibetan Mastiff, Kuvasz, English Cocker Spaniel, Dalmatian
Alopecia: Glen of Imaal Terrier, Pomeranian, English Setter, American Water Spaniel, Old English Sheepdog, West Highland White Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Italian Greyhound, Samoyed, Schipperke, Chow Chow, Alaskan Malamute
Alport Syndrome: Samoyed
Anal Furunculosis: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Irish Red and White Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Old English Sheepdog, Leonberger, American Water Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Border Collie, Field Spaniel, Boykin Spaniel, Clumber Spaniel, Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, German Shepherd Dog, English Cocker Spaniel, Sussex Spaniel
Aortic Stenosis: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Glen of Imaal Terrier, German Pinscher, Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Great Pyrenees, Great Dane, Saluki, Samoyed
Arterioscelerosis: Portuguese Water Dog
Aspergillosis: Vizsla
Atopic Dermatitis: Parson Russell Terrier, Otterhound, Chinese Shar-Pei, Pointer, American Eskimo Dog, Chinook, Irish Setter, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Newfoundland, German Wirehaired Pointer, Sealyham Terrier, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Afghan Hound, Shiba Inu, Great Dane, Norwegian Buhund, Golden Retriever, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Bernese Mountain Dog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Bichon Frise, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Welsh Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Weimaraner, French Bulldog, Samoyed, Schipperke, Boykin Spaniel, Boston Terrier, Bouvier des Flandres, Scottish Terrier, Collie, Beagle, Portuguese Water Dog, Beauceron, Pug
Atrial Fibrillation: Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound
Atypical Hyperadrenocorticism: English Setter, Lakeland Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, Scottish Terrier


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Bernese Mountain Dog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Harrier, French Bulldog
Blastomycosis : English Setter, Kuvasz
Bordetella : English Setter, Bedlington Terrier
Borreliosis: English Setter, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Tibetan Mastiff, Samoyed, Small Munsterlander Pointer, Vizsla
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