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1. Labrador Retriever
Temperament: Active and loving, Labrador retrievers make the perfect loyal companion for any family. They love to play and fetch and are especially fond of water activities.
Health Risks: Hip dysplasia is the most commonly known health risk for Labrador retrievers. It is a genetic disease causing bone deformations that lead to arthritic pain and limited mobility. For more information about hip dysplasia, click here.
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For More Information: The Labrador Retriever Book, Labrador Retriever DVD
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2. Yorkshire Terrier
Temperament: Yorkies are energetic and investigative. Their big terrier attitude makes up for their small stature. They make especially great watchdogs because of their acute sense of hearing. Although they can be quite yappy, they are intelligent and easily trained.
Health Risks: Yorkies are prone to bronchitis and also Kennel Cough, of which a dry hacking cough is a common symptom. To temporarily treat the cough and ease your dog's suffering, Cough Tablets can be used. If the cough persists, visit your veterinarian for a prognosis.
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For More Information: Yorkshire Terrier DVD
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3. German Shepherd
Temperament: German Shepherds are fearless and loyal, making them a clear choice for police and military dogs. They are extremely intelligent and function best when they have tasks to do. Itís common to think that these dogs are overly aggressive because of their genetic imposition to protect, but proper socialization during their youth will prevent aggressive tendencies.
Health Risks: Hip Dysplasia is a common health problem for German Shepherd dogs, as well as elbow dysplasia. Degenerative Myelopathy is another common risk with symptoms of progressive weakness of the hindlegs. As the disease progresses the pain gets worse and can eventually lead to full paralysis and fecal and urinary incontinence.
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4. Golden Retrievers
Temperament: Golden Retrievers are charming, loyal and confident dogs. They make great family dogs as they are incredibly loving and sweet.
Health Risks: Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia are the most common health risks for Golden Retrievers. Cataracts are another problem that Golden Retrievers are prone to having. They form either with genetics or old age and can block the transmission of light to the retina. The treatment for cataracts is a surgery that removes the lens.
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For More Information: The Golden Retriever Book
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5. Beagles
Temperament: Beagles are energetic and outgoing hounds that were originally bred to track rabbits and other small prey. They love the company of humans as well as other dogs, most likely because they are pack dogs. Just like any high-energy dog, if beagles do not receive enough attention from their owners they will find other ways to occupy their time Ė like chewing on your shoes!
Health Risks: Cherry eye is one of the most common health problems for beagles. Read more about Cherry Eye on our Eye Care Guide. Another common problem is epilepsy, a brain dysfunction that results in seizures. Hypothryroidism is another very common disease for Beagles. It can cause weight gain, coat problems and reproductive problems.
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For More Information: The Labrador Retriever Book, Labrador Retriever DVD
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6. Boxer
Temperament: Boxers are excellent guardians and loyal friends. When properly socialized they make great playmates for small children and families. They are patient and desire human affection, which also makes a great companion for any human with enough energy to keep them exercised and happy.
Health Risks: Demodectic Mange is a common skin disorder for Boxer dogs. Its first symptom is hair loss, followed by skin lesions and infections. Another disease Boxers are prone to is cardiomyopathy, which causes erratic heart beats that may result in death.
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7. Dachshund
Temperament: Dachshunds are lively dogs who have a keen sense of smell and are great at hunting. They are lovable companions and make the perfect pet for any home. Dachshunds are also very proud and bold, making them slightly difficult to train.
Health Risks: Dachshunds are prone to spinal disc problems so they need to be kept lean and fit. To keep them slim we recommend Lean Dog and Trim Treats. Also, they can easily develop heart disease if not exercised often enough.
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For More Information: The Dachschund Book
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8. Poodle
Temperament: Poodles are an exceptionally smart breed that is bred in three sizes: toy, miniature and standard. Poodles are unique in that they tend to bond to everyone in their human family instead of to one person exclusively.
Health Risks: Poodles are genetically inclined to have Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a disease that causes the light cells in the retina to wither and die. Mitral Valve Disease is another health risk for the Poodle breed. It causes a backflow of blood to leak into the left atrium, making the heart less efficient in pumping blood to the body.
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9. Shih Tzu
Temperament: The Shih Tzu is an alert dog with a fun attitude. Like many small dogs, they can easily become leader of the pack if their humans let them. If socialized well and trained as a puppy, Shih Tzus can be a courageous and clever companion.
Health Risks: Shih Tzus, along with other small breeds, are often prone to Portosystemic Shunts, a flaw in their genetic makeup that allows a blood vessel to bypass liver tissue. This allows unfiltered blood to flow to the heart. Also, they tend to have issues with their teeth so they require extra dental care. We recommend C.E.T.ís Oral Hygiene Kit for Dogs to keep your Shih Tzuís teeth healthy.
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For More Information: The Shih Tzu Book
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10. Bulldogs
Temperament: Bulldogs were originally fierce animals used for bull baiting. Now they are loveable companion pets with a gentle disposition. Their sweet nature allows them to form bonds with children.
Health Risks: Among the many health risks for Bulldogs, most risks involve their eyes and mouth due to the formation of their faces. It is necessary to wipe their faces daily to avoid infections and moisture buildup. Wiping your Bulldogís face with disposable Malacetic Wet Wipeswill keep your petís face free of bacteria. Itís also recommended that their teeth are brushed regularly. For regular brushing, we recommend using an Oral Hygiene Kit.
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