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Sickly Dogs: Here are the 10 breeds of adorable dog likely to need most expensive visits to the vet - including the loving Labrador Retriever 🐶

The Scotsman logo The Scotsman 5 days ago David Hepburn

These pups can all make wonderful family pets, but they have medical issues specific to the breed that owners need to be aware of.

a man and a dog looking at the camera © Vets know to look out for particular health conditions when it comes to particular breeds of dog.

The last two years have seen many of us welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, as the Kennel Club saw dog ownership rise by nearly eight per cent.

But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thought that goes into choosen your pawfect pup – whether you want a large dog, family-friendly dog, or crossbreed.

a large brown dog lying on the ground © Basset Hounds are utterly adorable but are prone to a range of joint issues, digestive issues includ...

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.

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One thing to bear in mind when looking for a new dog is that certain breeds are predisposed to certain health conditions which, in some cases, may shorten their life.

a brown dog with a frisbee in its mouth © Owners of friendly and loyal Cocker Spaniels should be aware that their pet is susceptible to a rang...

This doesn’t mean that they don’t make great pets – in fact some are amongst the most popular and loved dog breeds in the UK – but it’s important to know that there are potential issues so you know what symptoms to look out for so you can make sure your pooch gets the best possible early treatment.

a dog lying on a table © Pugs are brachycephalic dogs (flat-faced) meaning they are liable to develop health issues that othe...

Here are 10 of the breeds that suffer from the worst health problems, according to the Kennel Club.

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