Health Problems

While the SWD are a relatively healthy breed, there are some issues that the SWD have, just like all other breeds. The main problems seen in the breed are hip dysplasia and allergies. The other problems appear to occur less frequently. Other conditions that may be seen in the breed include exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, Addison’s disease, congenital hypothyroidism with goiter, myasthenia gravis and seizures.  Careful breeders screen their breeding dogs for genetic disease and breed only the healthiest and best-looking specimens they can find, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas and a puppy develops one of these diseases despite good breeding practices. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that in many cases the dogs can still live good lives.  Like other Water Dogs and related breeds, they grow hair in their ear canals and can be prone to ear infections. The ears must be kept dry and clean. Because these dogs are (as a general rule) active and energetic as puppies, they may seriously injure themselves from too much running and jumping when their skeletal structure is still developing so be careful to not allow running or jumping before they are 2 years old.