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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.



Hyperlipidemia: Shetland Sheepdog, Miniature Schnauzer
Hyperparathyroidism: Australian Terrier, English Setter
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy: Kuvasz, Weimaraner, Great Dane, Irish Setter
Hypoadrenocorticism: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Spanish Water Dog, Rottweiler, English Setter, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, West Highland White Terrier, Saint Bernard, Ibizan Hound, Samoyed, Miniature Poodle, Standard Poodle, Airedale Terrier, Scottish Deerhound, Poodle, Kerry Blue Terrier, Australian Terrier, Bearded Collie, Swedish Vallhund, Norwich Terrier, Kuvasz, Portuguese Water Dog, Great Dane, Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Hypothyroidism: Spanish Water Dog, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chow Chow, Briard, Shetland Sheepdog, Brussels Griffon, Bulldog, Shiba Inu, Small Munsterlander Pointer, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Bloodhound, Saint Bernard, Borzoi, Border Collie, Border Terrier, Schipperke, Boston Terrier, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Poodle, Bearded Collie, Beagle, Basenji, Belgian Malinois, Portuguese Water Dog, Belgian Tervuren, American Staffordshire Terrier, Harrier, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, American Water Spaniel, Old English Sheepdog, Pointer, Italian Greyhound, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Airedale Terrier, Irish Setter, Pharaoh Hound, Alaskan Malamute, German Wirehaired Pointer, Afghan Hound, Giant Schnauzer, Neapolitan Mastiff, Great Pyrenees, Norwich Terrier, Great Dane, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Maltese, English Setter, Whippet, Leonberger, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Manchester Terrier, Vizsla, Miniature Bull Terrier, Tibetan Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier, Swedish Vallhund, Collie, Tibetan Mastiff, Kuvasz, English Cocker Spaniel, Doberman Pinscher, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Standard Schnauzer, Komondor, Sussex Spaniel


Ichthyosis: Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Norfolk Terrier
Idiopathic Head Shakes: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Australian Shepherd
Idiopathic Pulonary Fibrosis: West Highland White Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, Samoyed
Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia: Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Bernese Mountain Dog, Maltese, Rottweiler, American Staffordshire Terrier, Whippet, Old English Sheepdog, Flat-Coated Retriever, Saluki, Field Spaniel, Clumber Spaniel, Newfoundland, Tibetan Terrier, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Kerry Blue Terrier, Bearded Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Basenji, English Cocker Spaniel, Great Dane, Bedlington Terrier, Canaan Dog, Pug
Immune-Mediated Rheumatic Disease: Bearded Collie, Swedish Vallhund, Lakeland Terrier, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Immunology: Ibizan Hound, Irish Setter, Komondor
Incontinence: Collie, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Old English Sheepdog
Infertility: Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Bernese Mountain Dog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saint Bernard, French Bulldog, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Samoyed, Field Spaniel, Chow Chow, German Wirehaired Pointer, Afghan Hound, Neapolitan Mastiff, Collie, Norwich Terrier, Labrador Retriever
Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chinook, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, German Shepherd Dog, Norwich Terrier, Great Dane, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Canaan Dog, Yorkshire Terrier, Bernese Mountain Dog, Maltese, Rottweiler, English Setter, Lakeland Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Saint Bernard, Weimaraner, French Bulldog, Samoyed, Border Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Vizsla, Poodle, Kerry Blue Terrier, Bearded Collie, Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Basenji, Belgian Malinois, Portuguese Water Dog, Pug
Influenza: English Setter, Komondor
Insulinoma: Norwich Terrier, Gordon Setter
Intervertebral Disc Disease: Pekingese, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, English Setter, English Foxhound, Weimaraner, French Bulldog, Pharaoh Hound, Clumber Spaniel, Sealyham Terrier, German Pinscher, Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Tibetan Spaniel, Portuguese Water Dog, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Dachshund


Juvenile Renal Disease: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Bernese Mountain Dog, Shih Tzu, Miniature Schnauzer, Flat-Coated Retriever, Great Pyrenees, Norwegian Elkhound, Airedale Terrier


Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca: Maltese, Beagle, Bloodhound, West Highland White Terrier, Chinese Crested, Clumber Spaniel
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