Most Common Dog Breeds with Skin Issues

All dogs scratch. Once dogs start scratching, licking and biting till their skin is raw and sore it becomes a serious problem. Due to their genetic predisposition, these breeds tend to be more likely to have skin problems.


1. Chinese Shar-Peis

Dogs with short coats, like Shar-Peis and bulldogs, are prone to skin irritation. This irritation is common in these dogs because of how the skin folds onto itself. The short hairs from one side of the fold irritates the skin on the other side as they rub with movement. This irritation is exacerbated in dogs who also suffer from allergies.

2. American Bulldogs

American bulldogs are prone to skin irritations due to their short coat and skin folds. American bulldogs also tend to have hypersensitivities, both food and environmental, which can impact their skin. These dogs can also suffer from canine ichthyosiform dermatoses, a rare genetic defect that causes red, scaly skin along the belly, groin and armpits, and can be noticed while they’re still puppies

4. English Bulldogs

English bulldogs often have diseases in their skin folds, and these diseases can also cause secondary infections (like yeast and bacterial skin infections). Extra care and cleaning is required for a bulldog’s coat.

5. American Pit Bull Terrier

Pit Bull Terriers tend to have a weak immune system causing them to be prone to various types of infections.  Allergies are often caused by environmental allergens including fleas, pollen, grass, and dust. Common food allergens include beef, wheat, rice, and corn.

6. Standard Poodles

Standard poodles can be prone to a genetic condition called granulomatous sebaceous adenitis, which affects the oil glands and can cause hair loss. This condition also makes them more susceptible to secondary infections.

7. Labrador Retrievers

Labradors are more susceptible to  food or environmental allergies, causing itchy skin, hot spots and other skin problems.


Skin problems do not occur in just these breeds. They can appear for any dog. Adding a daily pump of Ultra Oil to your pet’s meal once a day will help rid your dog of it’s skin issues. Ultra Oil is an amazing supplement for all breeds of dogs and cats too!

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