1. Some famous short-legged breeds
- Corgi: is the favorite dog of the Queen of England. Also the most popular dwarf dog today. Life expectancy of 12-15 years.
- Peking Dog: characterized by very long hair around the neck. So is also called lion dog. Life span 14-17 years.
- West Highland White Terrier: very short and big legs. A lot of play, like outdoor activities. Life expectancy of 14-16 years.
- Dachshund: very popular, in Vietnam mainly breeds short-haired dogs. Life expectancy of 12-14 years.
- Basset Hound: when detecting prey, this breed will bark to inform its owner. Their sound is very specific, not mixed with other breeds. Life expectancy of 10-13 years.
- Scottish Terrier: very active, likes to be outdoors. Like to bulldoze the mouse. Life expectancy of 14-16 years.
2. What kind of health problems do short leg dogs have?
Dog’s thigh bones and shin bones are designed to help dogs move better. The bones link into a reasonable angle, have a certain bearing effect. But when renovated, the angle between the bones changed. Reduces bone strength.
The legs are shortened but the body length remains the same. Leads to a stretched waist, the pressure is also heavier. The skeleton is subject to greater weight. If the dog is active for a long time, it is very easy to suffer from vertebral diseases.
Short-legged breeds are considered to be dogs. Therefore often kept in the house, very few children are fully exercised. Moreover, due to body structure, they are more likely to be obese. Increased pressure on cardiovascular and internal organs. This is why these breeds are prone to heart and kidney disease.
3. Genetic selection can prevent the risk of disease
Many common diseases in dogs have the main cause of breeding. Especially in purebred breeds. There are many diseases that almost do not appear in mongrel dogs. Veterinarians and international experts have long proposed genetic selection methods. To minimize the possibility of disease.
In many countries there are strict test rules for parent dogs. Only use healthy, sick dogs to breed. Those who are at risk are often sterilized. That is why short-legged dogs at prestigious camps are priced many times higher than semi-floating dogs.
- Do not buy puppies with parents or grandparents with spinal disease
- Do not buy puppies with obese parents or grandparents
- Do not buy puppies with parents or grandparents with a history of cardiovascular disease
However, this method cannot guarantee 100% of puppies do not get sick. We can only do good selection and propagation. Let the next generation have better health.
4. Exercise mode for dogs
Walking is a method of movement suitable for many short-legged dogs. While walking, the dog constantly explores the surroundings. Dogs like this activity. When walking, pay attention to speed, fast walking works better than going slow.
Jogging is preferred by many dog and dog owners. Just not running too fast or too long will have no side effects. However, this method is not suitable for overweight or old dogs. Easy to damage the lumbar spine.
Throwing discs suitable for young dogs, have good health. This exercise is good for training the brain and muscles. Dog owners should rely on the health situation to exercise appropriately.
Traction increases the affection between the owner and the dog. At the same time consume the energy of the hyperactive dogs.
5. Treatment of lumbar pain in dogs
If short-legged dogs have symptoms of lumbar injury, the owner should take the dog to see a veterinarian. One method used by many experts today is acupuncture and physical therapy.
Through the action of acupuncture points, this method can relieve the pain of dogs. It even helps to restore the walking ability of paralyzed dogs. However, the treatment may be prolonged. It is impossible to get out of day and day completely.
During the treatment process, it is necessary to limit the strong activity of dogs. Many owners have encountered the situation that “Dog bites each other and goes home without paralysis”. Or “play dog throwing disc, when landing down dislocated legs, then crippled” …