Having a pet dog in our family is nothing short of a blessing as it brings liveliness to the house.
The love and affection you get from them when you reach your home after a long day, makes you forget all your worries. They relieve you of all your stresses. The cuddles and all the jumping around you, can fill you with joy.
No doubt, dogs are the favorite fur pals for most people. They are loyal, affectionate, adorable, cute, funny, gives us security and a positive feeling.
But, things can become quite tricky easily when maintaining your dog and looking after his health.
When it comes to bringing a dog into the family, there are a lot of things to take into account. This includes “what breed of dog is the healthiest?”
Although, it is a complicated question with no guarantees, there are a few breeds that seem to encounter fewer health issues than the others. Health issues can increase the difficulties in maintaining your dog.
There is no breed of dog, with ‘no health problems’ or that is the “ultimate healthy dog”. This is not the way genetics work. It simply doesn’t exist.
It hurts us a lot to see any of our loved ones suffer from any kind of health problem. It bothers us emotionally just as much as it is troubling our loved one. Our beloved canine companions are no exception.
We often take extra steps to give our fur pal plenty of love and guidance.
Even when everything depends on how you take care of your pet dog and what you feed him, a puppy can still suffer from health issues that his ancestors didn’t encounter.
Though, there are a few breeds that are considered to be less prone to health problems compared to others. Every dog is different, and it is certainly true that certain breeds are known to have better overall health, and tend to live longer lives.
So, knowing what health issues are common in certain breeds can help you determine if you will be able to afford any potential health care he needs. Here are seven of the healthiest breeds which you can maintain easily.
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Cattle Dog, also lovingly known as ‘Blue Heelers’ or ‘Queensland Heelers’, are known for their gorgeous coat colors, intelligence, high IQ, and go-all-day-every-day energetic nature.
They are medium-sized, short-coated breed of herding dogs. They are sturdy, hard-muscled herder of strength and agility.
As a comparatively healthy breed, Australian Cattle Dog does not have a history of serious illness and may live up to 14 years with proper training and appropriate preventative care.
Constant exercise and mental stimulation are necessary for this energetic breed. They were bred as herding dogs, so they get most happy when they have a job to do. They can get restless if they do not get the attention and exercise they need.
So, be prepared for some good amount of running and exercise with this fur pal.
Though they are prone to many serious diseases, they still can become victims of PRA or progressive retinal atrophy. This condition usually sets when the dog is around 5-8 years of age. PRA is a condition where the dog starts to lose his eye-sight. But, it sets in slowly, so the dog will easily adjust to not being able to see.
But, just like all large dogs breed, hip dysplasia is also something to be considered. This can be treated one or more of different surgical procedures.
Overall they make excellent companions for high-energy families who are always on-the-go. Also, they shed quite a bit but don’t drool and are easy to groom.
Another active breed, the Broder Collie, eludes many health problems that can be seen in other dogs. These workaholic cuddle bugs are also a relatively healthy and hardy breed with most living between 12-15 years. They seem to have the ultimate energy and stamina throughout their lifetime.
Border Collie is a breed, bred specifically for intelligence and obedience. They are demanding and playful, needing plenty of exercise and playtime either with their owners or other dogs.
They are considered as the most intelligent among domestic dogs. Also, they are known to be one of the healthiest dog breeds for the general lack of health issues.
Advances in DNA testing have made it easier to control the relatively few minor genetic conditions known to affect border collies.
These conditions include CEA (Collie Eye Anomaly). It is a disorder that affects the retina. This condition can be tested for with DNA and pups should be checked by 12 weeks old.
All in all, the mid-sized and loving dog would make a great and generally healthy option in breeds for any family to bring home. They are intelligent, easy to groom and easy to train.
They have high energy all the time, so make sure they get all the exercise and playtime they need.
This might confuse many, but despite having Australia in its name, the Australian Shepherd did not come from Australia but the western United States in the 1840s. *Bamboozled!*
Australian Shepherds are the quintessential cowboy dog and often live healthy active lives for 12 to 15 years. We’ve got our cowboys here. Yoohoo.
They are commonly known as Aussies, and are eager to please and obey, making them highly trainable and versatile. Many of them are trained to be service, therapy and guide dogs. They also make excellent detection and search and rescue dogs.
They are high-energy and are beloved for their exceptional intelligence and skill with agility training, as well as their loving and playful nature.
Australian Shepherds lack the hereditary many breeds are prone to including bone, fur, and skin ailments that frequently affect other breeds.
Though, as with the previous breeds, the Australian Shepherd has only a few pretty common health risks. They are prone to hip dysplasia and a number of different eye conditions, including CEA.
The most curious of the conditions that are more likely to affect an Australian Shepherd is Multiple Drug Sensitivity (MDS). in this condition, the dog is hypersensitive to ordinary medications used in common veterinary practice. You can get your puppy screened for this test with a simple cheek swap which could save your dog’s life – rather than end up losing him while trying to keep him healthy.
They are kind and devoted to their families, making them incredibly protective cautious around strangers. So, early socialization with other people and dogs is necessary to make them well-rounded.
“Mr. Wolf”, that’s what I like to call them. They are a very beautiful dog breed with a thick coat that comes in a multitude of colors and markings.
They have almond-shaped eyes that can be either brown or blue-and sometimes one of each-and convey keen but amiable and mischievous expressions. These blue or multi-colored eyes and striking facial masks only add to the appeal of this breed, which originated in Siberia.
Coming from a long line of strong, resilient sled dogs, Siberian Huskies are hardy, healthy and large dog breeds. They are fun and loving dogs that are great for both families and adventure-seekers. They are wild puppies, but very smart, and with proper training will make great companions.
While Siberian Huskies are prone to some common health issues, these incidences are low. Most of these fur pals live for 12 to 14 years.
Similar to the other breeds on the list common occurrences of genetic conditions in Siberian Huskies include hip dysplasia and multiple eye conditions including PRA and Cataracts.
Cataracts occur when the lens ends up cloudy or has specific parts blocked. Unless you notice your dog experiencing discomfort, you usually do not need to undergo surgery; your four-legged friend will just adjust to their deteriorating vision.
These are really the main health conditions to look for in this beautiful breed – an otherwise very healthy breed of dog. One more unique thing about Huskies is, there are ways to find out exactly what their family history of genetic illness looks like.
The national symbol of Mexico, the chihuahua belongs to the toy group of dogs. These tiny and cute dogs despite being the smallest breed of dog in the world are known to have a “huge personality”. This makes them a popular pet for many people.
They are bold and confident and often described as being terrier-like. Their alert nature and suspicion of strangers make them excellent watchdogs. These “purse dogs” stand among the oldest breeds of the Americas.
Compact and confident, chihuahuas are ideal city pets. They are too small for roughhousing with kids, and special care must be taken in cold weather, but they are adaptable – as long as they get lots of quality time in their preferred lap.
Chihuahua possesses loyalty, charm, and a big-dog attitude. Even tiny dogs require training, and without it, this clever scamp will rule your household like a little Napoleon.
This breed is known to be prone to certain health problems (yeah, no one perfect), but overall is an incredibly healthy breed. They are known to live anywhere from 13-17 years old, making them one of the healthiest dog breeds.
Although, all dog breeds are amazing and I love all of them a lot, but beagles are my personal favorite. You can cry out-of-love just by looking into their eyes.
Beagles are English hound dogs that can’t resist the temptations of a good hunt. They were bred to be a scent hound, so these dogs love to sniff and that’s all they will do. Beagle is an excitable dog that loves to please and will stick to you like glue. These playful pups are perfect for families and can make you laugh every now and then.
Small, compact, and hardy, beagles are active companions for kids and adults alike.
They are an intelligent breed, but their determined and single-minded nature can make them hard to train. Early socialization and training a necessity.
They can get easily bored and distracted (I can connect to this to the next level), so you have to think of more positive and unique techniques to train them.
Although they are not as active as other breeds, beagles still need some exercise. Sixty minutes of exercise with its owner will suffice.
The beagle is potentially prone as is any other dog on the list to hip dysplasia, a number of eye conditions, epilepsy, all of which are genetic disorders that are tested for in attempts to breed these genes out of the lines.
On the other hand, with beagles, one of the major health issues commonly seen in them can actually be controlled by you – and that issue would be obesity. Oh, don’t get me started on their eating habits. Beagles are very greedy dogs when it comes to their food. Many would eat until they explode if they could.
So, control the amount of food your dog eats and give him the proper amount of exercise to keep him in good shape and maintain his health.
The beagles’ ears can also be a little bit of a problem – be prepared to clean their ears often and for them to still get ear infections.
This is simply due to the shape of their ears and the size of their ear canals.
Beagles are usually sturdy little hounds and they are built to keep going and going.
Mixed Breed or Mutt
This might seem like a puzzling end to the list, but it turns out that mixed breed dogs are less prone to health issues than purebreds.
Purebred versus mixed breed has been a heated debate for generations. Breeders will argue with you that mutts are far less healthy than a purebred. But, many owners and even many veterinarians say that their mutt has lived longer lives than many purebreds they have owned.
There’s no clear answer to which is healthier, but studies show mixed breeds might have a leg-up when it comes to several inherited conditions.
Mixed dogs have something called “ hybrid vigor”, meaning the fact that their genes come from a deeper pool gives them greater resistance to disease.
In fact, studies have shown that mutts are less likely to develop conditions like heart disease, musculoskeletal problems, hyperthyroidism, allergies, and other genetic diseases.
Mixed breeds are often passed up but come with all the same wonderful qualities. They can be athletic, obedient, lovable, intelligent, and beautiful.
They are often trained as service dogs, and they serve as working K9s for both police and military and they make loyal and lovable family companions.
With fewer health problems comes fewer vet visits. That makes for a happy pup.
Our furry friends may only last for a good 10 to 15 years of our lives, but for them, we are their whole lives.
Looking after them is an investment of our time, feelings, and funds.
No matter which dog you choose, there will always be potential health risks. Take good care of your fur pal to keep him in his best shape.