Pet Pointer: Dog Breeds With The Greatest Risk Of Cancer

Close-up of a Golden Retriever panting, 11  years old, isolated on whiteA study in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine reviewed causes of death for nearly 75,000 dogs from 1984 to 2004. The following breeds in descending order had the greatest incidence of cancer.

  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Golden Retriever
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Bullmastiff
  • Irish Setter
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Gordon Setter

Lymphomas (cancer that originates in the lymph nodes) are one of the common cancers in dogs. A new study in Biomedical Reports calls mammary cancer one of the most prevalent tumors in female dogs.

Prevention? Studies show that dogs that are spayed early in life are found to be less likely to develop mammary cancer.