The following is a guest post from DogPsycho featuring a great infographic on dog breed health issues. Enjoy!
Dog Breed Health Issues: What to look for
World Canine Association, the world’s biggest canine association based in Belgium, recognizes 340 breeds of dogs. When choosing a dog today, you have hundreds of choices. Each breed has its own unique traits and personality features. Oftentimes, these are the only things people pay attention to when deciding what breed to get.
The average lifespan of a dog is 12 years. If you get your dog when you are 20 and your dog lives for 10 years, you’ll be 30 when he or she passes away. This means that by the time you are 30, you’ve spent one-third of your life with your dog. That’s a long time. This is why you want to make sure that you have considered not just looks and personality of your dog, but also a number of other very important factors. What are these factors?
The first one is breed personality. For example, Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt badgers and other animals that spend a lot of time in the tunnels, such as rabbits and foxes. This is why a Dachshund is a very versatile and active dog that makes an excellent family companion or a small hunter.
The next one is breed’s adaptability to climate and health issues. Cocker Spaniels are famous for their long, soft, furry ears. However, their ears are prone to frequent ear infections. The best way keep your Cocker Spaniel’s ears healthy is to clean them every few weeks and occasionally flip them back to let them “breathe.”
Check this infographic to see what health issues your new dog might have and what you can do to keep your dog healthy! Here you will also find more details of health issues faced by each breed.