In addition to the two most popular types of retrievers, Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever, there are four other types, and these are Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Flat-Coated Retriever, Curly-Coated Retriever, and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
Each of these types of retrievers has its own particularities, from the appearance to the diseases that affect them. But in general, there are certain types of health issues that are common to each of them, but affect them in different ways; some breeds may be more prone to a particular problem in comparison with other breeds and the same type of disease doesn’t occur in every dog. For example, Labradors and Golden Retrievers both have heart problems, but they are prone to different heart diseases.
It doesn’t mean that every retriever will develop the health conditions listed below, but their breed has a history of developing them. Also, it doesn’t mean that there is no possibility that your dog will develop any of the diseases that are not on these lists.
10 Most Common Health Issues in Retrievers
Below you can find more detailed information about the specific diseases that can occur within each of the listed types of the retrievers. This way you will be aware of the difficulties that you and your dog could potentially face in the future, and in the section “Diseases” on our page you can learn more about them and find out if some of them can be prevented, and if so, how can that be done.
Compared to many other dog breeds, Labradors are not predisposed to a large number of major health problems, but there are still potential issues that can occur with this breed. Most of them are related to the joints, eyes, and nervous system. The following list of common diseases in Labradors is not arranged in any particular order.
Common Health Issues in Labrador Retrievers
To reduce your dog’s health issues it’s essential to exercise with him regularly because Labradors have a lot of energy and they require frequent physical activity. This doesn’t mean that you need to overdo it and bring the dog to exhaustion with excessive activity. Since this breed is prone to obesity (like all other retrievers), in addition to physical activity, it’s important to pay attention to diet as well. Furthermore, regular check-ups with veterinarians are vital in detecting and treating the aforementioned problems.
Golden Retrievers are generally healthy, but like with all other dogs, there are certain health conditions that can occur. The diseases listed below are not arranged in any specific order and doesn’t necessarily mean that all Golden Retrievers will face each of these health problems, but it’s important to be aware that this possibility exists.
Common Health Issues in Golden Retrievers
Goldens are prone to obesity so it’s important to monitor your dog’s calorie consumption and weight. They need a lot of physical activity, but it’s important not to overdo it and to pay attention to the intensity because otherwise, you will achieve a negative effect – problems with bones and joints can occur.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Chesapeake Bay Retrievers or Chessies are hardy dogs but they are susceptible to a number of hereditary diseases. The health problems listed below are not arranged in any particular order and it doesn’t mean that they will certainly occur in your dog, but their occurrence has been reported in a number of dogs of this breed.
Common Health Issues in Chesapeake Bay Retriever
To keep your Chessie healthy, provide him with enough physical activity and take him to the vet for regular check-ups to detect potential problems in time.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are prone to a number of serious genetic health problems and, compared to other dogs, they have a higher risk of developing cancer. The following list of diseases is not listed in any particular order, which means that diseases that are at the top of the list are not more likely to occur in a dog and vice versa.
Common Health Issues in Flat-Coated Retrievers
The Flat-Coated Retriever is an active sports dog and in order to stay healthy, physically and mentally, he needs to be provided with enough activity every day. Although it is impossible to predict whether and when a dog will get sick, by purchasing a dog from responsible breeders you can reduce the risk of developing certain diseases. As with all other dogs, regular checkups at the vet are also important to keep your pet healthy.
The three biggest health concerns in Curly-Coated Retrievers are hip dysplasia, heart disease, and epilepsy. But in addition, some other diseases have been reported in this breed. The list of diseases of Curly-Coated Retrievers below is not arranged in any particular order.
Common Health Issues in Curly-Coated Retrievers
In order to detect potential health issues in time, it’s important to take your dog to the vet regularly. And if necessary, he will recommend further testing.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Dogs of this breed are generally healthy, but as with all other dogs, there are certain health problems that can occur with Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers. The health issues mentioned below are not listed in any particular order, which means that Tollers are not more prone to diseases that are at the top and vice versa.
Common Health Issues in Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Tollers should be taken for regular check-ups in order to spot any undesirable changes in time, so they don’t turn into something more serious over time.