Is a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Spaniel mix at risk for health issues?
I am looking to adopt a dog from a local shelter. He is listed as a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Spaniel mix. He's got the ridge on his spine but the coat is milk chocolate colored with a white chest and white "socks." Will post a photo.
My question is..
will this mix be at a greater risk for health problems than any other dog? Do you have another idea what mix he might be?
on Apr 22nd 2012
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Usually, a purebred dog will have more issues than a mutt. Rhodesian's are large, so the most important issue will still be hip dysplasia. Spaniels (depending on which kind) usually can suffer from hip dysplasia as well, but some can have epilepsy/rapid weight gain if the food isn't well monitored. If you sign up your dog for insurance with a good deductible, I wouldn't worry about it. Or else we would all never own dogs because of their illnesses :)
Javi answered on 7/16/12. Helpful? / 0