ACL Tears in Dogs: Breeds Prone to Tears

No different than genetics in your family, your dog has certain genetics that can lead to different injuries. There are certain dog breeds that are more prone to cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) tears than others. The CCL is commonly referred to as an ACL, so to avoid confusion, we will be doing the same. There are many different reasons that lead to torn ACLs in dogs occur. However, it is more common for large dog breeds to suffer from knee issues and tears. This is due to the strain they place on their knees while running, jumping, or lunging at their height and weight.

We know how important it is to prevent injuries to your dog’s legs, which is why we created Doggy Brace. We want to give you a list of dog breeds more prone to knee and ACL issues so that you know if your dog may face future problems.

Dog Breeds Prone to ACL Tears

1. Labrador Retrievers 

Known as amazing swimmers and hunters Labrador Retrievers are known to have dog arthritis and issues with their knees as they age. They are one of the most popular breeds in America and make the best of friends because of their enthusiastic nature. However, once labs aren’t getting enough exercise you’ll certainly know due to their high energy. Owning a Labrador retriever you want to be sure you spend enough time outside with your dog. This allows him to run around and enjoy nature. With this breed ACL tears can happen quickly due to their activity and swiftness. If you notice that your lab is less playful, limping, and sitting in a frogger position call your vet. 

2. Newfoundlands

One of the largest dogs weighing between 100-150lbs, these dogs are well known to suffer from ACL tears at a younger age. Newfoundlands are known to be some of the most loving dog breeds out there. However, these working dogs suffer from knee issues and hip dysplasia at a young age due to their size. Newfoundlands are often genetically predisposed to rupture of the ACL. If you decide to buy this dog from a breeder be sure to ask about genetic history regarding hip dysplasia and ACL tears. It can be difficult to tell with Newfoundlands, so be sure to pay close attention to your furry friend as he ages! 

3. Rottweilers

Similar to Newfoundlands, Rottweilers are predisposed to cranial cruciate ligament tears. They are nearly 2-5x more likely to experience issues with their ACL and hip dysplasia than other breeds due to their size. Because Rottweilers are very energetic and active dogs they can easily tear their CCL leading to multiple problems down the line. If you notice your Rottweiler having difficulty jumping into and out of the car, onto the couch, or limping as they walk around the house, speak with your vet.

4. Golden Retrievers

America’s favorite dog is one of the most common breeds to suffer from ACL tears. No different than all of the dogs we mentioned above Golden Retrievers are known to suffer from hip dysplasia and cranial cruciate ligament tears. Excellent dogs for hunting, search and rescue, and therapy, these are a rather active breed which makes it easier for them to face ACL issues.

Treatments

Whether your dog is suffering from ACL tears or not it is good to take precautions and understand what the best treatments can be. If your dog is not treated properly the leg can suffer from lameness. Depending on the severity of the tear you will need to speak with your veterinarian about possible options regarding surgery or using a brace. Throughout the time of a ACL tear be sure that your dog doesn’t favor the other leg too much to lead to an injury in the other leg. 

Your veterinarian can examine at your dog and tell you what options are best for you. However, we understand that surgery can be rather costly. Try preventing an ACL tear before it happens with Doggy Brace’s dog ACL brace. If you do follow through on surgery as the best option for your furry friend, you can use a brace afterwards to help the healing and recovery process! 

We hope that our blog on breeds prone to tears helps you have a better understanding of how different breeds can genetically suffer from CCL tears. 

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