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Dog Breeds

Medium to large breed dogs that are very popular in the USA, such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds, all can be affected by hip dysplasia.  Although more prevalent in these breeds, hip dysplasia  can occur in dogs of any breed and size including Mixed Breeds, as well as in cats. Over 100 dog breeds have a total hip replacement that was performed to treat hip dysplasia.


Hip dysplasia is a common cause of hind limb lameness. Medium to large breed dogs that are affected include:

Labrador Retriever

Mixed Breed Dogs

Golden Retriever

German Shepherd


Australian Shepherd

Border Collie

German Short Hair Pointer

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Jack Russel Terrier

Chow Chow

Springer Spaniel

Old English Sheepdog

Pit Bull Terrier


Shetland Sheepdog


Great Pyrenees

Bernese Mountain Dog

Siberian Husky



Airedale Terrier



Standard Poodle


These breeds are also quite prevalent in the USA so the actual incidence per capita is often skewed. Hip dysplasia can occur in dogs of any breed and size, as well as in cats.



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The German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, and Labrador Retriever are common companion and working dog breeds in the USA. These breeds are also commonly candidates for a total hip replacement due to pain caused by hip dysplasia.


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It is not unusual for small breed dogs and cats to have hip dysplasia.




Each of these dogs and cats received a total hip replacement.

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