Hemangiosarcoma can occur in almost any breed, but according to research at the University of Minnesota, and also information obtained from the Australian Shepherd Health and Genetics Institute and Purina Pro Club, the following breeds may be more susceptible to this disease.

 Australian Shepherds

Australian Shepherds

 Bernese Mountain Dogs

Bernese Mountain Dogs

 Boxers

Boxers

 Flat Coated Retrievers

Flat Coated Retrievers

 German Shepherds

German Shepherds

 Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers

 Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

 Skye Terriers

Skye Terriers

 

Of the breeds listed above, Golden Retrievers, in particular, have a high risk of developing hemangiosarcoma in the United States. According to the Golden Retriever Club of America, Goldens have a lifetime risk of 20% for developing this disease.

Understanding which breeds are at risk may play a role in how actively you and your veterinarian screen for hemangiosarcoma. For example, pet owners of one of the above breeds may want to discuss more thorough checkups with their veterinarian once their dog reaches a certain age (e.g. 4 or 5), which may include ultrasounds or echocardiograms.

As we continue to review research about hemangiosarcoma, we may update this page with additional breeds. Remember, always consult a licensed veterinarian when making decisions about screenings, treatments, and other procedures.