Prospective dog breed owners should be aware that their beloved pet may be predisposed to developing a range of allergies.
A huge number of us decided to welcome new puppies into our homes in the last few years – according to Kennel Club figures dog ownership has soared to record levels.
There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
Another thing to take into consideration is that some breeds are prone to developing allegies.
If you know that your particular dog is predisposed to a certain allergy then you can keep an eye out for telltale signs and seek treatment quickly.
Here are the 10 breeds of dog that are predisposed to developing allergies.
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Another dog breed commonly allergic to wheat in food, the Boxer can also come out in rashes due to contact with a wide range of weeds and trees. Best keep an eye on what is growing in your garden if your pet has problems. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. German Shepherd
German Sherherds are most prone to food allergies. Beef, chicken, corn, soy, dairy and wheat are all fairly common triggers. Work out what's causing the problem, eliminate it from your pet's diet and all should be well. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
They may be strong and powerful dogs, but Staffordshire Bull Terriers are surprisingly sensitive when it comes to allergies. If your dog is itchy and sore, it could be down to anything from fleas to dust, or something in their food - try cutting out grains and see if that helps. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
If your Maltese is itching and scratching check that they are not allergic to the fabric of their bed or the plastic in their food and water bowls. Allergic reactions may also make them short of breath or cause eye infections. Photo: Canva/Getty Images