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Dog Breeds Prone to Joint Problems


While joint problems aren’t confined to just one dog breed, there are certain breeds that are more at risk for developing a joint disease. Due to their genetic predisposition and build, some breeds are more likely to develop issues than others. Here are nine dog breeds that are at a higher risk of developing joint problems.

German Shepherds

German Shepherds are predisposed to a number of health issues – including joint problems and arthritis. They are also known to develop hip dysplasia. But, being aware and proactive can help prevent serious issues down the road.

Labrador Retrievers

Another breed that is prone to a number of health issues is the Labrador Retriever. Labs are prone to obesity, which can lead to joint issues as well as elbow and hip dysplasia. Make sure your Lab stays on a proper, healthy diet to ensure they do not become obese.


Similar to Labs and German Shepherds, Rottweilers are predisposed to elbow and hip dysplasia as well as arthritis. The breed is also predisposed to osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD), which is a “malformation in the joint cartilage.” OCD can be prevented by providing proper nutrition.


Although they are small, Dachshunds are long and low to the ground. Therefore, they can develop back problems fairly easily – especially if they become overweight. Try avoiding any excess back or neck strain to reduce the risk of any spinal injuries.

Great Danes

The large yet lovable Great Dane is a breed that is commonly associated with joint problems. Thanks to their large frame and fast growth, Great Danes can develop hip or elbow dysplasia and even arthritis.


Though they are gentle giants, Newfoundlands have a tendency to develop joint issues as they get older – and bigger.  Newfoundlands can develop arthritis or hip and elbow dysplasia – even at a young age.


Thanks to their large size, Mastiffs are a common victim of joint issues. Arthritis is common among this breed as well as hip and elbow dysplasia.

Saint Bernards

This hard-working yet lovable breed is a fast grower – which means they are candidates for joint issues like arthritis and elbow and hip dysplasia.

Old English Sheep Dogs

The Old English Sheep Dog is a fluffy breed that are prone to developing genetic diseases like arthritis and hip dysplasia. Owners should be aware of these issues and keep an eye for anything unusual – like difficulty walking or trouble getting up.

And if your dog is suffering from a joint issue like arthritis or hip dysplasia, try helping them out during walks with a pet stroller. Your pup will thank you for the relief and you’ll still get to enjoy your daily walks.

While some joint issues are genetic – especially in these nine breeds – any breed is susceptible to developing a joint disease. So, be sure to take your pup to vet for regular check-ups and if you notice anything different about your dog, take them to the vet immediately

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