I was wondering what a good site was to find out about breed specific health problems. I've been looking at dogbreedinfo.com and was curious at how reliable it is. I am looking to get another dog in the next year or two and want to make sure I do my research. So any suggestions for good websites are greatly appreciated. I looked at akc.org and wasn't able to locate a section on breed specific health problems, maybe I just missed it though. Thanks ahead of time for your help!
There is also a wonderful book called "Paws to Consider" by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson with great info. It tells of common health problems with many breeds, as well as breed characteristics and both good AND bad things about each. Also gives details on exercise requirements, if a breed tends to be good with children,with other pets, bite potential, etc.
i'm familiar with petfinder.com and actually check it daily. trust me, adopting a dog from a shelter is definately something i'm looking into. but i would have to agree with mafia, that website doesn't really help with breed health problems. thank you everyone else for your help!
"just to let you know, pure breeds get sick very easily, and quickly, they aren't as healthy as mixed breeds. I wouldn't recimend buying a pure breed, get a dog from the animal shelter."
Hybrid vigor is a myth. Neither is healthier. Which is why people need to research. Get a mixed breed you can be doubling up on genetics of things prone to both breeds. That's not healthier. Telling people purebreds are less healthy is a pretty uneducated statement.
I think this is a great question because I have been there and wanted to ask years ago but did not know of anyone but my vet. I read many books!
When researching a dog IMO you are willing to take on all the little fun stuff you get with kids. OK the dog pees on the carpet lets get rid of him. THIS WON'T HAPPEN TO A GOOD PET OWNER. They take care of the problem, deal with it and chock it up to a dogs life! lol.
Hey you know what is going to happen and will be able to deal with it. I have huskies and know that one can not be off leash in the town. She is just to snoopy! I know what I was getting into.
I can't answer your question but just want to say that it is awesome that your are doing the research! I just wish more people would do this!
Thank you everyone for your help. This isn't my first dog. I currently have a 16 year old jack russell/rat terrier mix and a 2 year old pomeranian. My ex-boyfriend of 4 years had a wiemeraner and we bought a boxer together (which I would never buy a dog with a boyfriend again, I learned my lesson) so I have experience with dogs and understand that you can't just give them back if they pee on the floor or chew something up. Dogs are lifetime commitments and I totally understand that. I have been obsessed with dogs since I was little. My mom used to lose me in the grocery store and find me in the dog food aisle looking at the pictures of dogs on the bags of food. But I'm 23 and going to graduate college next year and this will be my first dog that I get on my own. And I want to do as much research and be as prepared as I can. Does anyone have any experience with min pins? I know there are a few min pin owners on here but I can't remember who. The min pin is a breed that I have been looking at. Also huskies are ones that I'm interested in. And I also know and understand that these are VERY different breeds but like I said, I am doing a lot of research a couple years in advance. Sorry this is so long!!!
Min pins:possible drawbacks-barking. Can be aggressive toward other dogs and hard to housebreak, especially the males. Possible health problems-generally a healthy breed, but can be prone to subluxating patellas, diabetes, progressive retinal atrophy and Legg-Calves Perthes disease. Summary-can be one person dogs, can be over protective and nuisance barkers. Sensitive to the cold. Generally long-lived. Expect 12-plus years.
Huskies-will dig, howl, or chew when bored or frustrated. If not trained properly, some will exhibit possessive, dominant and predatory behaviors. Will wander if given the opportunity, and few have a really reliable recall. A securely fenced area is mandatory for safe play-sibes are good at escaping. Health concerns-eye problems, some thyroid and epilepsy. Hip dysplasia exists, but not prevalent. These dogs do best in cooler climates.
Keep in mind, I've listed most of the negatives. Obviously, there are positives to each breed, but I have found in doing research, that it is harder to find the negative aspects of a breed. I like to go into something with my eyes wide open. Good luck with your research!