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What Dog Breeds Develop Degenerative Myelopathy?

What Dog Breeds Develop Degenerative Myelopathy?

Degenerative Myelopathy can occur in any dog breed however, some dog breeds are diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy more than others

The most common dog breed:

  • German Shepherds

They are by far the most common breed diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy

Other breeds include:

  • Boxers 
  • Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis, 
  • Wire Fox Terriers
  • Bernese Mountain Dogs
  • Borzoi
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  • Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
  • Golden Retriever
  • Great Pyrenean Mountain Dog 
  • Kerry Blue Terriers
  • Poodles
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Shetland Sheepdogs
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
  • Pugs - Pugs can have Pug Myelopathy, which is a different condition and often misdiagnosed at the vets as Degenerative Myelopathy. Read more here: 


Further reading:

Read more about Degenerative Myelopathy - Causes, Prevention and How To Help

Read how a dog wheelchair can help your dog live an active life with Degenerative Myelopathy 


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Barley uses Biko Bands

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