We are grateful to Helle Friis Proschowsky for permission to translate and publish this paper.
The fact that short-legged dogs have an increased risk of having a disc herniation, compared to other breeds, is old news. Once, people thought it was due to "the long back", but today we know that the primary cause is a degeneration of the shock absorbing discs lying between the vertebrae. In fact, short-legged dogs do not have a long back either - they just have short legs.
AUTHOR: HELLE FRIIS PROSCHOWSKY, DVM, PH.D., SPECIAL CONSULTANT, THE DANISH KENNEL CLUB (DKC)
Originally published in the March 2019 issue of the Danish Kennel Club magazine (HUNDEN). Translated by Frøydis Hardeng and Ian Seath.