Are Some Breeds More Susceptible To Parvo Than Others?

For some reason, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, Labrador Retrievers and Rottweilers, as well as other black and tan breeds seem to be particularly prone to Parvo, and seem to succumb to it faster and with a lower chance of recovery than any other breed.

Conversely, Toy Poodles and Cockers appear to be at a reduced risk of contracting this disease (**).

It is important to remember, however, that any breed can get Parvovirus, so be sure to keep your dog’s vaccinations up to date.

** Breed information from The Merck Veterinary Manual, 8th ed.

2 Responses to “Are Some Breeds More Susceptible To Parvo Than Others?”

  1. brandy says:

    is a Siberian husky at high risk of parvo?

    • Admin says:


      All breeds of dog are at high risk of Parvo – it’s just that a few breeds (i.e. Dobermans, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Pit Bulls, and Rottweilers) seem to be at even higher risk, according to Merck.

      In our experience, it really doesn’t matter what the breed of dog is, how young or old it is, or whether it has been vaccinated or not – they can all get Parvo – which is why we recommend having a Parvo Treatment Kit on hand at all times.