Top 10 Dog Breeds that are Prone to Hip Dysplasia

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Introduction

Hip Dysplasia. Two words pups parents never want to hear. This condition occurs when the hip joint doesn’t form correctly. The joint is supposed to be a ball and socket, but in a pup with hip dysplasia, the ball part of the joint doesn’t get enough coverage by the socket. Eventually, the joint deteriorates and arthritis develops. The good news is supplements, weight loss, exercise, and even surgery can help alleviate the pain. For some reason, large and extra large breeds are more susceptible to this skeletal condition. Keep reading to find out the top breeds prone to hip dysplasia. 

#1 German Shepherd

The mighty German Shepherd is a beautiful dog. But beneath that stoic exterior, this breed can have hip problems. These doggos are also known for their agility and muscular frames. Making sure they are active and well exercised will help keep them fit and healthy, especially as they grow older. 

#2 Rottweiler

Often characterized as aggressive and intimidating, these misunderstood pups are actually pretty even keeled and sweet. They have brains and brawn, and are typically used as guard dogs. Due to their size, these pupsters are prone to joint problems, so if you add one to your pack, make sure they get plenty of exercise. 

#3 Great Dane

If you ever wanted to meet a gentle giant, now is your chance. The Great Dane is truly great in size and personality. They have delightful dispositions and woofderful temperaments. Since they are so doggone big, their joints can be stressed. If your pup limps or has a hard time with stairs, get them checked for hip dysplasia.

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#4 Saint Bernard

Saint Bernards provide their families with plenty of dog to love. And plenty of drool to mop up. Their resume includes being a pawsome working breed in the Swiss Alps and also watching over two legged children. Unfurtunately, they are also known for being susceptible to hip dysplasia. So keeping them at a healthy weight is key. 

#5 American Staffordshire Terrier

Forget the less than desirable stereotype this breed totes around. If socialized at an early age, they are woofderful pets with hearts of gold. Their stocky build has no shortage of muscle, but they are susceptible to hip dysplasia. So do your homework and make sure your pup comes from a reputable breeder. 

#6 Bloodhound

Long floppy ears, droopy eyes, and a nose that won’t quit? Must be a Bloodhound! These hefty dogs are called in when something or someone needs to be found. Tipping the scale towards 110 pounds, they aren’t delicate creatures by any means. Unfurtunately, their large size means their hips have added strain. 

#7 Newfoundland

Aw, the Newfoundland. A humungous, loveable pup that’s a delight to be around. Once a robust working breed, these furry pups are now more likely to be found curled up at the feet of their family. They are big boned and can have joint problems, so watch for any limping or  difficulty in standing up.

#8 Golden Retriever

Who doesn’t love a Golden? Pawbably one of the happiest breeds around, they are a puptastic family dog and always up for some fun. But underneath those long golden locks, these doggos can potentially develop hip dysplasia. It’s a good idea to talk to your vet about adding joint supplements to your pup’s diet. 

#9 Labrador Retriever

There is a reason Labs are consistently one of the most pupular doggos in America. They are energetic, silly, loyal, and love to be part of the family. Even though they are athletic, and often used as hunting dogs, they can have poor hip health. Keep an eye on their gait and flexibility.

#10 Old English Sheepdog

One look from an Old English Sheepdog, and you’ll be in love. If you can see their eyes, that is. These pups are famously shaggy. But below their extra long eyebrows you’ll find doting teddy bear eyes. Sweet as can be, this breed is also large and prone to hip dysplasia. Keeping them fit goes a long way.