Top 10 dogs predisposed to hip dysplasia &
what can be done to help it

In modern society, with more and more dogs entering people's life as pets, dog owners begin to pay attention to the healthy life of dogs. Many dog owners believe that feeding their dogs healthy food, deworming them regularly and getting regular vaccinations will keep their dogs active and healthy for longer. In fact, in addition to these basic care, dogs have their own genetic diseases, congenital diseases also lurking under the surface of health affecting the health of dogs.
Hip dysplasia is a condition that occurs during the growth stage in dogs. It results in the loosening of the hip joint, which causes dysfunction and pain. So which dog breeds are more likely to suffer from hip dysplasia?

What Is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip Dysplasia, fully known as Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) in medical English, is literally understood as a disease caused by inadequate nutritional intake or genetic or congenital disease that prevents the normal development of the dog Hip joint when the dog is growing (generally understood as 2-7 months as a puppy). In simple terms, it is the dog femoral head because the hip joint is not normal and the acetabulum anastomosis, resulting in a long time of articular cartilage wear, affecting the normal movement of dogs.

Who Develops Canine Hip Dysplasia?

In general, large, heavy dogs are more likely to develop hip dysplasia. So it's easy to guess the breed: golden retriever, Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Husky, and more. The top 10 breeds of dog that are most likely to develop hip dysplasia are:

Labrador Retrievers

German Shepherds

Golden Retrievers

Saint Bernards


Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

French Bulldogs




1. Labrador Retrievers

Due to their sizable frame, weight distribution, and genetic predisposition to the disease, America’s most popular breed of dog is also one of the most at risk for hip dysplasia.

2. German Shepherds

These larger dogs tend to develop hip dysplasia later in life, often after the age of seven.

3.Golden Retrievers

Unfortunately this beloved breed has a known predisposition to hip dysplasia, with increased risk as they enter their senior years.

4.Saint Bernards

Due to their large size, these gentle giants are on the list of dogs most prone to degenerative joint conditions. As with all dogs, keeping them at a healthy weight can lessen the risk of mobility issues.


Watch your Rottweiler carefully to ensure a normal gait. If you notice them walking with a limp or leaning to one direction, it could be a sign of hip problems.

6.Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

Because these dogs grow fast and are especially active, genetics and lifestyle tend to contribute to an increased risk of joint issues.

7.French Bulldogs

Breeding practices in French Bulldogs has made them susceptible to a variety of physical conditions, including hip dysplasia.


If you have a newfie, watch them closely during puppyhood and adolescence for signs of hip dysplasia.


This goes to show that not all dogs at risk for hip dysplasia are large dogs. With pugs, symptoms tend to manifest when dogs are younger.


Another non-large breed dog predisposed to mobility problems, the medium-sized Boxer can develop hip dysplasia at any age.

At what stage can a dog be diagnosed with hip dysplasia?

To tell if a dog has hip dysplasia, you need to look at an X-ray, not your dog's movements. If a dog is suspected of having hip dysplasia through abnormal movements, it can be determined by taking the dog to a regular pet hospital for X-ray after 6 months or before 1 year of age. No more than 2 years old. Dogs that are too young are not suitable for X-rays. If too late, it may miss the best treatment time and let the dog regret the rest of his life.

What is the prevention and treatment of hip dysplasia in dogs?

The best treatment is surgery.

Total hip replacement is considered the most effective procedure for hip dysplasia. THR involves replacing the entire hip with plastic and metal implants to return your dog's hip function to a more normal range and eliminate most discomfort associated with hip dysplasia.


Spa can also improve dog muscle strength and quality of life to a certain extent. Moderate exercise and Spa routines, avoiding high-impact activities such as jumping, may help keep dogs moving and strengthen surrounding support structures.

Nutritional supplement in moderation.

Most dogs with hip dysplasia should receive veterinary-approved glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplements. Many dogs with painful hip dysplasia will benefit from polysulfated glycosaminoglycan injections on a regular basis.

Daily heat therapy and massage.

Physical therapy has been demonstrated to be highly effective at improving an affected dog's quality of life and should be part of any treatment regimen. Heat therapy and massage are great ways to relieve your dog's discomfort without putting pressure on their joints.
Heat therapy and comfortable massage help reduce pain caused by hip dysplasia in dogs, increases blood flow and the ability of local tissues to metabolize and stretch, promoting healing.

Heat therapy has many benefits for dogs with hip dysplasia. But more importantly, it helps prevent your dog from falling into a vicious cycle of joint pain and stiffness.
In the inflamed joint, the circulation of blood and lymph in the dog can be slowed or even interrupted. As a result, nutrients necessary to maintain healthy muscles are not delivered throughout the body. As a result of muscular dystrophy, the dog's mobility is reduced, so the joints cannot move properly and become stiff and painful, and the range of motion is greatly reduced. This causes toxins to build up, again affecting the dog's health. The use of heating therapy brace can break this vicious cycle and improve blood flow.=