It’s a sad but true fact that certain dog breeds have health issues. If you’re planning on adopting a new dog, it’s important you do your research into the breed’s health in order to adopt the healthiest dog.
Some breeds have more issues than others, and it’s important you know from the offset whether it’s something you can afford if the unfortunate should happen.
While it’s difficult to determine which dog will develop what in the future, it is possible to tell whether they are more at risk. Here’s a list of the top 10 healthiest dog breeds that are least likely to develop issues.
The Beagle is a very healthy breed and can live to around 15 years of age. There are a small number of potential hereditary diseases that may affect a beagle, however a good breeder should screen for them.
The Shiba Inu is known to be relatively healthy. Things to look out for are hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, eye problems and allergies.
The Siberian Husky is an overall healthy breed of dog, but they can sometimes suffer from hip dysplasia. 10% of the breed have cataracts, so checking their eyes regularly is important.
While generally healthy, the Alaskan Malamute is at risk for some genetic diseases including hip dysplasia, which can be a costly thing to have fixed.
Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is a healthy breed of dog but like all breeds, they can be at risk of some diseases. Things to look out for are Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), hip dysplasia and deafness.
The Border Collie is known to have minor genetic conditions that can affect it. They are highly energetic and can live up to around 14 years of age.
The Chihuahua can live to 18 years old. It also requires less exercise than other breeds due to its tiny size.
English Springer Spaniel
This breed can suffer with minor eye problems, but overall they are a typically healthy breed and are unlikely to suffer from a serious genetic disease. A healthy Springer can live to around 14.
The German Pinscher is a muscular dog and can live to the age of around 14. They are not often associated with major health conditions.
Crossbreeds are less prone than pure breeds to diseases like heart disease and hyperthyroidism. Mixed breeds generally live longer, healthier lives, but if you adopt a cross breed you may want to test them for genetic diseases so you can provide the best preventative care.