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?

Asked by Member 1107082 on Apr 22nd 2012 in Choosing the Right Pet
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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? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer