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Unread 12-04-2008, 08:35 AM   #1
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Default The Top 10 Unhealthiest Dog Breeds Revealed

What this could actually show is, the owners of these breeds of dogs are more likely to have pet insurance. Or the owners of these dogs are more prone to taking their dogs to the vets. Or, it could be, that these 10 breeds are indeed more liable to incurring higher veterinary expenses for their owners. Take it however which way you please

http://www.dogmagazine.net/archives/...eeds-revealed/

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That wasn't what I expected. I did expect breeds like Great Danes and St Bernards because it is well known the the larger the dog, the shorter the lifespane, but to have poodles above St. Bernards was a complete shock. I've been around hundreds of mostly mini and standard poodles and know minis to average 14 to 18 years and standards to average 12 to 16 years. I even once knew a 20 year old mini, still in full show coat and able to walk, function bodily and maintain a good weight, the only thing Effie was missing was her teeth, lol.
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That wasn't what I expected. I did expect breeds like Great Danes and St Bernards because it is well known the the larger the dog, the shorter the lifespane, but to have poodles above St. Bernards was a complete shock. I've been around hundreds of mostly mini and standard poodles and know minis to average 14 to 18 years and standards to average 12 to 16 years. I even once knew a 20 year old mini, still in full show coat and able to walk, function bodily and maintain a good weight, the only thing Effie was missing was her teeth, lol.
I totally agree Barbs. Is it because all poodle owners have insurance so that pushes their statistics up?

I had poodles that lived to ripe old age - but they usually had genetic defects; however they were taken to the Vet if they ever appeared to be below par.

Unfortunately the only statistics we have are pet insurance/veterinary statistics - so its the best we have at present

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that list is interesting
and how are they determining unhealthy
because I have a breed, my flat coats with an average age of 7 due to cancer... so perhaps they are not the unhealthiest because they die before they can cost the owner anything.....

I would like to know how that list was put together before I put any weight in it
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I don't think this would show the unhealthiest. Just those with the most vet bills, whether it is due to have costly procedures or it is because they just happen to go often. One breed might be prone to having a health problem that requires a costly procedure and another might have several ailments that have less cost. I'd want to know why the dogs were at the vet, what each visit and cost was for. We don't know how much is routine things that pet insurance covers like spaying/neutering (which would be more for large breeds typically), vaccines, health exams, ect.

I think English Bulldogs are probably one of the most unhealthiest breeds. They are not even on the list at all. There are other breeds which have a number of genetic health problems who are not on the list.
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My terrier (a "non-breed" as you know) is at the vets a lot because she is accident prone and always getting herself into trouble, not because she is unhealthy

But there aren't any terrier types on the list anyway........

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that list is interesting
and how are they determining unhealthy
because I have a breed, my flat coats with an average age of 7 due to cancer... so perhaps they are not the unhealthiest because they die before they can cost the owner anything.....

I would like to know how that list was put together before I put any weight in it
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I think the heading is misleading .

The list was done by a Pet Insurance Company as Jake said at he start.

Its interesting but in no way is it a true account of which 10 breeds are the unhealthiest and as most people with crossbreeds don't have insurance they have obviously not been included in the research by the Insurance Company. It would also depend on what breeds are insured with the companies they surveyed , if you see what I mean.

So I would not be putting any faith in it.
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I think English Bulldogs are probably one of the most unhealthiest breeds. They are not even on the list at all. There are other breeds which have a number of genetic health problems who are not on the list.
I thought that to, and I also thought that Shar peis are well not the healthiest breed aswell, but they are not on there either.
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Our Pyrenean Mountain Dogs when I was a kid both lived to be over 12 - almost unheard of. They're a large breed that you'd expect to be on there, but they're also rare. So, how much of these stats are skewed by breeds simply being more popular?

I'd hazard a guess that is why Shar Peis aren't on there Chaz
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that does make sense thanks Mel, I never thought of it like that.
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