What are some of the hereditary conditions?
Pedigree animals, also known as a purebreds, can be some of the most expensive pets to insure – unlike mixed breeds, purebreds are more prone to illness. This is why it’s important to compare policies so that you’re not caught out by unexpected vet fees.
Some of the most popular pedigree dogs can be prone to hereditary conditions:
Labradors: one of the UK’s most loved breeds, the Labrador is also prone to canine hip, shoulder and elbow dysplasia.
Golden retriever: the ‘goldie’ is a popular family pet – originally a working dog – often trained as assistance dogs because of their calm temperament. However, hip and elbow dysplasia are a common problem for the breed. They can also suffer from cancer, although this is less common.
Cocker spaniels: known for being gentle, easy-going and affectionate, cocker spaniels can also be prone to hip dysplasia, eye diseases and kidney diseases.
Boxer dogs: strong and confident in their nature, the boxer is also at risk of developing breathing difficulties, bloating and deafness.
Border terrier: although a robust dog, there are some health problems to be aware of, such as hip dysplasia, Spike’s disease (similar to canine epilepsy) and genetic conditions that can affect their eyesight.
German shepherd: the loyal and intelligent German shepherd, like most deep-chested dogs, can also suffer from bloating, along with hip and elbow dysplasia.