Common Health Problems in Poodles
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Common Health Problems in Poodles

What are some of the common health problems in poodles? What health concerns do poodles have? If you are buying a poodle, or own one, you need to be aware of the common conditions these dogs may suffer from. Learn more about poodles. Learn why it is important to buy a poodle from a good breeder.

Poodles are popular dogs that come in three sizes, the toy, miniature, and the standard. Buyers should be aware of “teacup poodles for sale” as these are dogs that are unethically stunted, poorly bred, and often have more health problems; teacup is not an accepted size for poodles. In general poodles are fairly healthy, yet if you own one, or are thinking of getting one, there are some health concerns to be aware of.

Addison's Disease

Addison's disease is a hormonal condition where the dog may appear dizzy or lightheaded and be lethargic. They may also have stomach problems; vomiting or diarrhea. Poodles with Addison's are poorly equipped to deal with stress.


Bloat is also called gastric dilation volvulus. This is a very dangerous problem for several breeds of dogs and is when the dog has gas trapped in its stomach. In most cases the dog's stomach will swell up, but sometimes symptoms are harder to detect, the dog simply appears to be uncomfortable, pacing, gagging, looking restless. Bloat should be treated as a medical emergency.


Cancer is actually a leading killer of dogs in general, second only to accidents. Some cancers have been linked to cheap preservatives in dog food, BHT, BHA, and ethoxyquin. As well unspayed females have a greater risk of mammary cancer, and unneutered male dogs have a risk of testicular cancer. Dogs should not be exposed to lawn and household chemicals.

Cushing's Disease

Cushing's disease, or cushing's syndrome, is a hormonal problem for some poodles. The most common symptom will be the dog getting a larger head and neck. They may lose some hair, and their skin will become thin.

Tracheal Collapse

This condition is more common in toy and miniature poodles and will often cause the dog to cough when excited.

Leg Problems

Standard poodles have problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia, while the miniature and toy poodles are prone to knee problems – patellar luxation.

Eye Problems

Poodles are prone to suffer from cataracts, and a condition called Entropion where the eyelid folds into the eye and the lashes often scratch the surface of the eye itself.

Other Health Concerns for Poodles


Hypoglycemia – in toy poodles

Congenital heart disease – heart defects

Spinal problems – Degenerative disc disease

Ear infections – yeast – the result of diet, or water getting into the ear.

All in all, when buying a poodle it is good to get one from a reputable breeder that has had the parents checked for genetic problems, and ideally where the parents have been to shows to prove they were worth breeding.

It should also be noted that poodles do require regular grooming. When neglected their hair can form painful mats and tangles.

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Comments (2)

Very informative, I will print this and share this to my friend who have 4 poodles, thanks Brenda.

You are such a great resources on pets, Brenda.