Top Dog Breeds at Risk of Dental Disease

Top Dog Breeds at Risk of Dental Disease

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Proper dental care is key to your dog’s health, preventing serious issues and keeping their smiles bright.

Think about the last time your dog greeted you with a big, goofy grin. It’s one of those simple joys that dog lovers cherish. But here’s something that’s not so joyful: a shocking number of our furry friends–about one in every eight–are battling dental disease each year. That's not just a health issue. It's a happiness one, too.

Welcome to Life’s Abundance, where we believe every dog deserves to smile healthily and happily. That's why we created Ugly Bones™. Despite their name, these treats are all about beauty–the beauty of a healthier, happier mouth for your dog!

In this blog, we're highlighting which beloved breeds are most at risk for dental disease and how our delicious Ugly Bones can help turn dental care into a treat, not a chore. By the end, you’ll see how easy it is to keep your best friend’s smile both joyful and healthy.

So, let’s get started! Because when your dog’s smile is healthy, your smiles come naturally, too.

Which dog breeds are more at risk for dental disease?

Getting to know which breeds are prone to dental troubles can seriously up your pet care game. Here’s the scoop based on insights from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London. [1]

High Risk Breeds

  • Toy Poodles are nearly four times more likely to develop dental diseases than mixed breeds.
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels’ compact mouths can lead to overcrowded teeth, which increases dental problems.
  • Greyhounds are known for thinner enamel which can lead to increased dental disease.

Special Considerations

  • Brachycephalic breeds (flat-faced dogs) like Bulldogs and Pugs are 1.25 times more prone to dental issues due to their facial structure.
  • Small dogs under 20 pounds are over three times the risk of dental disease compared to their larger counterparts.
  • Older dogs aged 12 and over are nearly four times more likely to suffer from dental disease compared to younger dogs between the ages of two and four.

Lower Risk

  • German Shepherds
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers
  • Labrador Retrievers

Each breed and age group comes with its own set of dental health challenges. But now that you're equipped with the knowledge of whether your pup might need some extra dental care, it’s crucial as a pet parent to stay vigilant.

Knowing what symptoms to look out for is a key responsibility. Let’s take a closer look at the signs of dental disease to ensure you're ready to protect your dog’s smile!

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What are dog dental disease symptoms?

Early detection can be a game-changer for your dog’s health and comfort. Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

  • Bad breath
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Difficulty eating or chewing
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Pawing at the mouth or face
  • Excessive drooling
  • Yellow or brown tartar buildup on the teeth

Spotting these early signs of dental trouble in your dog can really save the day by preventing more serious problems down the line. Whether it’s your pup avoiding their food, or you’re noticing some tartar build-up, these are important cues that your furry friend might need a bit more TLC for their teeth. And remember, regular vet visits can make a world of difference!

How can I remove tartar and plaque from my dog’s teeth?

Keeping your dog’s grin gleaming is easier than you think, and it starts with our tasty Ugly Bones! This dental chew is designed not just to treat, but to treat well. Here’s how they help combat plaque and tartar:

  • Patent-Pending Design: Engineered to scrape away plaque with every gnaw.
  • Wholesome Ingredients: Like pea protein and yummy chicken for a lip-smacking chew.
  • Perfect Texture: Tough enough for effective cleaning, gentle enough for sensitive gums.
  • Freshens Breath: Infused with natural mint flavor for sweeter smooches.

By incorporating Ugly Bones into your dog’s daily routine, you’re actively participating in their dental health regime. Remember, while Ugly Bones are a fantastic aid in dental care, they work best in conjunction with regular veterinary check-ups and other good oral hygiene practices.


Keeping your dog's smile bright and healthy is crucial, especially for breeds more susceptible to dental issues. From Toy Poodles to Greyhounds, understanding the specific risks can help you tailor your pet care approach effectively.

By incorporating Ugly Bones into your dog's routine, you're providing essential dental care that combats plaque and tartar while freshening breath and giving them a tasty treat. Combine this with regular vet visits and vigilant monitoring for symptoms of dental distress to ensure your dog enjoys a full, happy life—with less dental woes. Let's make every smile a healthy one!

[1] Royal Veterinary College. (n.d.). New RVC research gets to the root of dental disease in dogs. Royal Veterinary College. Retrieved from

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