Likelihood of periodontitis (gum disease) by dog breeds - Part I (Dogs under 15kg )

Periodontitis (gum diseases) is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue. Left untreated, it can destroy the bone that supports your teeth; leading to tooth loss 

Periodontitis is extremely common.  All dogs can develop gum disease but some breeds are more susceptible to it. 

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Average Risk of Developing Gum Disease by Dog Breeds - Part I (<15kg)


Likelihood (%) 

American cocker spaniel 27.30%
Beagle 23.20%
Bichon frise 27.90%
Brussels griffon 17.70%
Cavalier king charles spaniel 27.30%
Dachshund 28.10%
Fox terrier 25.60%
French bulldog 8.30%
Jack russell 22.00%
Maltese 25.40%
Miniature pinscher 22.20%
Miniature schnauzer 23.70%
Papillion 29.70%
Pekingese 21.70%
Pomeranian 26.40%
Pug 21.90%
Rat terrier 22.00%
Shetland sheepdog 30.60%
Shih Tzu 16.90%
Standard schnauzer 21.00%
Toy poodle 28.90%
Welsh corgi 20.20%
West highland white terrier 26.60%
Yorkie 25.40%

 *Percentages of dogs over a 5-year study period that had gum disease 

Source: Waltham

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