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The Most 'Average' Dog Breed in the UK?

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The race to claim the title of the ‘UK’s Most Average Dog Breed’ was hotly contested. Which dog breed has the least amount of issues specifically related to its breed? Many fell at the first hurdle. Labradors and German shepherds are prone to hip dysplasia, amongst a range of other issues; Jack Russel terriers are genetically vulnerable to lens luxation; dalmatians often develop kidney or bladder stones; and let’s just not mention the brachycephalic dogs… So, who will rise up and take the trophy?

The miniature schnauzer

According to research carried out by the Royal Veterinary College, the miniature schnauzer did not show any breed-specific issues amongst its common ailments.

Miniature schnauzer on log

The study, published in Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, looked at over 450,000 dogs throughout the UK; including some 3,857 miniature schnauzers. It found that the common problems that the breed faces, (notably, dental disease, obesity, anal sac impaction, vomiting and ear infections), are also amongst the common issues for all other dog breeds.


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