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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.



Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: American Eskimo Dog, Australian Terrier, Brussels Griffon, Chihuahua, Italian Greyhound, Lakeland Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Poodle, Parson Russell Terrier, Schipperke, Silky Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Standard Poodle, Toy Fox Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier
Leishmaniasis: American Foxhound, English Foxhound, English Springer Spaniel, Neapolitan Mastiff
Lens Luxation: Chinese Crested, Parson Russell Terrier, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Toy Fox Terrier
Leptospirosis: English Springer Spaniel, Labrador Retriever
Lethal Acrodermatitis: Bull Terrier
Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency: Irish Red and White Setter
Liver Disease: Havanese, Scottish Terrier
Lumbosacral Stenosis: Pharaoh Hound
Lupoid Dermatosis: German Shorthaired Pointer
Lupus Erythematosus: Bearded Collie
Lymphoma: Akita, American Eskimo Dog, American Foxhound, Australian Shepherd, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, Border Collie, Bouvier des Flandres, Briard, Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Canaan Dog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Curly-Coated Retriever, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Dogue de Bordeaux, Flat-Coated Retriever, German Wirehaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Great Dane, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Blue Terrier, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Otterhound, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Portuguese Water Dog, Rottweiler, Saluki, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Spinone, Tibetan Terrier, Vizsla, West Highland White Terrier


Mammary Tumors: American Eskimo Dog, Briard, Canaan Dog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Great Pyrenees, Shih Tzu, Skye Terrier, Welsh Terrier
Mast Cell Tumors: American Staffordshire Terrier, Bloodhound, Boston Terrier, Briard, Bullmastiff, Chinese Shar-Pei, Curly-Coated Retriever, Flat-Coated Retriever, Pug, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Megaesophagus: Belgian Tervuren, Briard, German Shepherd Dog, Irish Wolfhound, Lakeland Terrier
Melanoma: American Eskimo Dog, Briard, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Irish Setter, Kerry Blue Terrier, Rottweiler, Scottish Terrier
Meningitis: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Sealyham Terrier
Meningoencephalitis: Miniature Pinscher, Papillon, Yorkshire Terrier
Microphthalmia: Portuguese Water Dog
Mitral Valve Disease: American Staffordshire Terrier, Bichon Frise, Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, English Toy Spaniel, German Pinscher, Great Dane, Havanese, Japanese Chin, Miniature Bull Terrier, Norfolk Terrier, Pekingese, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Saluki, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Whippet
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