10 Dog Breeds That Are Prone To Cancer


There are as many different dog breeds as there are personal lifestyles, so it’s no wonder that some people are particularly fond of a certain type of dog. Unfortunately, many breeds (including mixed breeds) are prone to certain health issues, including types of cancers.

Below are 10 dog breeds that tend to be prone to this disease. While the list is by no means extensive – and it’s possible for any dog to get cancer – the more you know, the more you can keep your pup as healthy and happy as possible.

#1 – Bernese Mountain Dog


As is typical for many large breeds, Bernese Mountain Dogs fall victim to many types of cancer. In fact, studies have reported that up to half of it’s breed will die from the disease.

#2 – Boxer


Boxers have the highest rate of mast cell tumors of any breed of dog. Fortunately, they do grow slowly, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeking medical attention if you notice any skin lumps or lesions. While older dogs are more commonly affected, mast cell tumors can occur at any age.

#3 – Cocker Spaniel


The most common cause of death for these wonderful little dogs is cancer, affecting up to 23% of the breed according to a 2004 study.

#4 – Doberman Pinscher


Not only do Dobes fall in the top 10, they are actually found to be one of the top 5 breeds most likely to have cancer. While they are prone to many types, mammary cancer has been found to be a leading cause of death in female Dobermans.

#5 – German Shepherd Dog


German Shepherds are prone to many types of cancers, with hemangiosarcoma being one of the most common types.

#6 – Giant Schnauzer


Giant Schnauzers, especially the darker colored dogs, have a high rate of melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

#7 – Golden Retriever


Golden Retrievers have some of the highest cancer rates of all breeds, succumbing most often to lymphosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma.

#8 – Great Dane


Although their large size makes them prone to GDV (bloat) and heart disease, cancer is the leading cause of death for these gentle giants.

#9 – Rottweiler


Osteosarcoma is probably the most common type of cancer found in this noble breed, although others are still abundant.

#10 – Standard Poodle


An estimated 40% of all Standard Poodles will die from cancer, as they are prone to many different types.

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