Dog Breeds with the Lowest Cancer Rates
March 14, 2019
No one ever likes to think about their dog getting sick, or what comes after. But accepting that your pet will only be around for a fraction of the time that you are is a massive part of pet ownership.
Every good owner will do what they can to keep their dogs healthy, safe and happy. Provide all of the right exercise, give them the right diet, and go on routine trips to the vet. But sometimes, the responsibility starts before you even own your dog.
It starts with the decision that you’ll make on which breed to choose. We’ve already covered in our other articles the importance of making sure you select a healthy pup by making sure you find the right breeder. However, it is a sad fact that some dogs are more susceptible to terminal diseases such as cancer. Which it is why it is vitally important that you make sure they keep healthy by having fun every day, maintaining a good weight and by eating a genetically natural diet.
While there are no guarantees that if you choose a dog breed from this list that they won’t get cancer, they have been found to be affected by cancer less than your average breed. This guide is for anyone who doesn’t want the pain that comes alongside watching their pet suffer from lymphomas, sarcomas or other forms of cancer.
You’ll notice that on the list are dogs of all shape and sizes, so, just because the smaller breeds aren’t as physically strong, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t carrying good genetics.
Toy Breeds with Low Cancer Rates
Bichon Frise: Average lifespan: 12 – 15 years.
Chihuahua: Average lifespan: 12 – 20 years.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: Average lifespan 9 – 14 years.
Miniature Pinschers: Average lifespan: 15 years
Papillion: Average lifespan: 13 – 15 years.
Pekingese: Average lifespan: 12 – 15 years.
Pomeranians: Average lifespan: 12 – 16 years.
Larger Breeds with Lowest Cancer Rates
Bloodhound: Average Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
Akita: Average lifespan: 10 – 15 years
Bull Mastiff: Average Lifespan: 8 – 10 years
Great Pyrenees: Average Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
Mastiffs: Average Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
Saint Bernard: Average Lifespan: 8 – 10 years
Newfoundland: Average Lifespan: 8 – 10 years
Chesapeake Bay Retriever: Average Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
Why Do Some Breeds Suffer More than Others?
As you can see, there’s a great variation in lifespans with the breeds listed above. So, lifespans and chances of catching cancer don’t really correlate.
Although it will be impossible to say how likely it will be for a crossbreed dog to develop cancer, they are definitely still considered to be at risk from it – just as with the pure breed. How likely it is that they will get cancer depends on which breeds they were bred from.
Some of the breeds at the highest risk of developing cancer are:
Golden Retrievers, Flat Coated Retrievers, Rottweilers, Scottish Terriers, Beagles, West Highland Terriers, Boxers and Boston Terriers.
Now, some of those dogs are pretty popular all over the world, they make for great family pets, but it is always important to understand your responsibility to your dog. Would you be able to meet the physical and emotional needs of a dog with cancer? Would you have the money readily available for their treatment if they needed it?
For dogs in America, cancer contributes for 23% of all deaths when all breeds are considered. However, when looking at the mortality rates for all breeds, it can be as low as 10% or as high as 60%, so, being mindful what breed you bring home is definitely important!
Even though we have included larger dogs on our list, it is generally smaller dogs which seem to suffer from cancer less. This may have something to do with their lack of growth hormones in the body. However, scientists have not been able to conclude as to whether this is a contributory factor.
It is also interesting to note that for some breeds such as the Golden Retriever who now have very high chances of experiencing cancer, the spike only happened in the 1990s. Now, 60% of Golden Retrievers will die from cancer.
What Can You Do To Help Reduce the Risk of your Dog Developing Cancer?
There’s no handy tips or home herbal remedies to use to ensure that your dog doesn’t develop cancer.
As long as you are feeding them with a balanced and natural anti-inflammatory diet and keeping them at the optimal weight via exercise you’ll be able to reduce the risk of your dog developing cancer even further.
You’ll also want to watch out for toxins in their environment. One of the main ones being second-hand cigarette smoke. Never smoke in the presence of animals. They are just as likely to be harmed by second-hand smoke as people are! You’ll also want to be mindful of the weed killers or other pesticides in your garden as well as making sure they are kept up to date with all their treatments. This includes getting the correct vaccinations and immunisations, ensuring that they are routinely wormed and treated for fleas.
However, which vaccinations your dog should have depends on the breed. Only get the vaccinations which are recommended for your breed of dog to prevent them from getting unnecessary ones.