Chondrodysplasia is a genetic deformation disorder which can result in crippling deformities in dogs. Sometimes mislabeled as “dwarfism”, this condition is actually presented as abnormally short and deformed limbs. In some breeds, such as dachshund and basset hound, these leg formations are “normal.” Alaskan Malamutes and Havanese seem to have a higher incidence of this disease.

Symptoms range from very mild (slight asymmetry or bowing of the legs) to severe, which is pretty easily recognizable, and is often associated with multiple health problems such as heart anomalies, liver problems and cataracts.

See other dog diseases.