Canine Diseases and Resources
Dogs have been known for years as "man's best friend" and can be excellent companions for families and single people alike. Working dogs assist the blind, are part of search and rescue teams, and support police departments. There are more than 400 different dog breeds, varying in size and shape. The Mastiff (28-30 inches, 175 to 190 pounds) and Saint Bernard (24 to 28 inches, 110-200 pounds) are the heaviest breeds. The Chihuahua (6 to 9 inches, 6 pounds) is the smallest and the Irish Wolfhound (28 to 35 inches at the shoulders) is the tallest breed. In the U.S., the top five breeds are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Beagles, and Dachshunds. The diseases listed here are some of most important transboundary diseases that affect dogs. Some of these are zoonotic.
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