Doc Truli's Top 10 Dogs Predisposed to Allergies
No solid data for ranking in order of severity exists. However, let’s group the Mastiff Breeds all together, or they might just take over the list!
1. Mastiff (Bulldoggie-type Breeds):
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- French Bulldog
- English Bulldog
- English Bull Terrier
- American Bulldog
- Dogue de Bordeaux
- Cane Brasiliero
- Etc. It almost does not matter which continent, Bulldogs itch!
2. Shih Tzus and Lhasa Apsos
- These breeds are so allergic to grasses, dust mites, molds, pollens, etc (allergy syndrome called “atopy”) that they actually have less than a 50% chance of allergy desensitization shots working. Other dog breeds have a 75% allergy cure or control rate with monthly allergy shots.
- You know your Shih Tzu or Lhasa has allergies if they lick their paws, or the paws are stained a reddish brown from stealth licking they sneak when you are not looking (like when you are sleeping.)
3. Bichon Frise (many of these little tykes actually break out each time they are groomed. Then you are in a catch-22. Can’t get too dirty= allergy and infections. Can’t irritate the skin with a bath, blow-dry and brush out! The solution? Ask your veterinarian about allergy treatment of a dermatology referral.)
- including Labradoodles and Goldendoodles
- Chessies (Chesapeake Bay Retrievers)
- Flat Coated Retrievers
- even the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retrievers have way too many allergies. “Hot spots” anyone!!!!
5. Chinese Shar Pei
6. Spaniels, especially those ears! Recurring wax in ears? Allergies are likely underlying your inability to cure your dog’s problem with the ears. (Be sure to ask your vet about the allergies, instead of just another visit to only take care of the secondary ear infection.)
7. Yorkshire Terriers
- If your Yorkie has thin fur, flaky skin, itchiness, and a greasy coat, odds are, yeast, bacteria, allergies probably plague your little lapwarmer.
8. Wheaton Terriers
9. German Shepherd Dogs
10. Parson’s Russell Terriers (Who are we kidding? Jacks. Do you know the story why the name changed? When they became AKC eligible for registration, the AKC requires the breed founder’s last name to be used for the breed name. The breed founder? Jack Parson, of course.)