Chondrodystrophic Dog Breeds | IVDD

What is a chondrodystrophic dog breed and what does that mean?

Intervertebral disk disease occurs primarily in middle-aged chondrodystrophic breeds (3 to 6 years). When it occurs in NONchondrodystrophic breeds, they typically are older (8 to 10 years). “Chondrodystrophy” is a disorder of cartilage formation. “Cartilage” is a specialized, tough, gristly type of connective tissue that essentially provides a model for bone development and growth. In chondodystrophic dog breeds such as Dachshund, Bulldog, Corgi, Pug, French Bulldog, Bassett Hound, Pekinese, Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Beagle, and Poodle. Chondrodystrophy is seen as characteristic angular limb deformities and abnormally short legs (but not always)… otherwise known as hereditary dwarfism.

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