Top Dog Breeds prone to Joint Problems – NaturPet

Top Dog Breeds prone to Joint Problems

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Types of Joint Problems:

Our furry companions have been around for thousands of years and currently there are over 400 different breeds. Each breed was designed for a specific purpose, for work, for their temperament, or for their looks. Due to humans having bred dogs into these “perfect” breeds, many breeds have developed hereditary joint issues. The lists below shows the top 10 breeds that are prone to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, Luxating Patella (Knee cap slip), and arthritis.


group of dogs that have joint problems


Top 10 breeds prone to Canine Hip Dysplasia:



Clumber Spaniel

St. Bernard


American Staffordshire Terrier



Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Golden Setter

Top 10 breeds prone to Elbow Dysplasia:

Chow Chow


Chinese Shar-Pei

Bernese Mountain Dog


German Shepherd



English Setter

Swiss Mountain Dog

Top 10 breeds prone to Luxating Patella (Knee cap slip):

Miniature and toy Poodles


Jack Russell Terriers






Boston Terriers

Boykin and cocker spaniels

Top 10 breeds prone to Arthritis:

German Shepherds

Golden Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers



St. Bernard



Great Danes

Old English Sheep Dogs


The best way to help prevent joint issues is to manage your pet’s weight and body condition. Swimming is an excellent way to strengthen the muscles around joints and relieve pressure on joint problems.  By keeping them fit and use the right food for your dog’s breed will greatly increase its chances of having better joint health. Unfortunately, some dogs may develop joint problems no matter what preventative measures an owner may take. Surgery may be the only option for the dog and aftercare is crucial to a dog’s joint health. Physiotherapy and the right supplements will help your dog bounce back from surgery and reduce rick of arthritis.

Have your vet check your dog’s joint health each year. This way the vet can catch any changes in the joints early and can be treated as soon as possible. There are many preventative natural treatments, supplements and medications for dogs of all ages. NaturPet’s Joint Care has 12 natural ingredients hand-picked for relieving calcium build up, joint problems, inflammation, and arthritis. Another great pet product is Dr. Maggie Joint Formula. It helps to repair damaged cartilage around joints. Joint pain is never fun but owners can take the right steps to ensure proper pet health. Because a healthy pet, is a happy pet.

She has been with NaturPet since February 2017 and has her Pet First Aid. Using her knowledge of pet health, she has created social media posts and blogs on the subject. Her free time is spent volunteering with Okanagan Small Dog Rescue, having a nice cold beer with her Fiancé and hanging out with her friends and family and her new puppy, Bandito.

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