Choose the Healthiest Dog Who Fits Your Lifestyle
Prospective pet parents should do their research and think about what type of dog would be most compatible with their family and lifestyle. Then, review each pups health outlook on registered breed clubs to learn more about their overall wellness and what to discuss with potential breeders. Finally, always investigate the breeder to make sure theyre legit before bringing home your new best friend.
“Know what youre getting into and why you want that particular dog breed,” Matusicky says. “Certainly some dog breeds have less-known health conditions than others. So, it really depends on what an owner is willing to handle.”
Every dog is an individual. Talk with a veterinarian to find simple ways—including proper diet and preventative care—to help ensure your new pooch has every advantage. And soon, one of the following healthiest dog breeds might become your new canine best friend!
Healthy Large Dog Breed: Greyhound
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Greyhounds are the cheetahs of the dog kingdom. With their phenomenal musculoskeletal condition and athleticism, they can run up to 45 miles per hour, making them the fastest dog breed in the world. These big pups are generally disease-free other than those conditions commonly seen in all large breed dogs, but they can develop congenital heart disease and osteosarcoma.
If youre looking for a large breed to bring home, remember that bigger dogs with more weight to carry can be prone to certain health conditions because of their size. According to Matusicky, large breed dogs are prone to neurological or musculoskeletal conditions and any medications they need tend to be more expensive due to needing a larger dosage.
Aside from licking their fur clean like cats, this independent dog is also known for not barking. Instead, they yodel to express themselves, especially against intruders.
The Manchester Terrier is equals parts goofy and clever. This breed loves companionship, bonding with owners doing sports. Both varieties (standard and toy) have a lifespan of 15 years.
Pomeranians dont let their small bodies keep them from being the life of the party. Their furry coats help them stay warm during short walks. If its too cold, they can exercise indoors instead.
A fan of short walks, this breed is known as the smallest in the world. Living as long as 18 years, Chihuahuas like a warm lap and lots of cuddles.
Havanese dogs have small but sturdy bodies that are adaptable in nature, helping them live a long life. Theyll certainly be showing off a dozen hairstyles throughout their 14 years of life.
Top 10 Dogs Healthiest Dogs With Least Amount of Health Problems
Just like any member of your family, you want your dog to live a long, happy, and healthy life. Selecting a breed that faces fewer medical issues and diseases can give you peace of mind while you care for your pooch—and save you trips to the vet.
You can consider how long a certain breed typically lives, but lifespan is just one element of what defines the healthiest dog breeds. Genetic predispositions to certain ailments as well as a dogs tendency to stay active throughout their lifetime can also contribute to physical health.
“Purebred dogs in general have more issues because they tend to have less variety in the genetic pool,” says Liz Trepp, DVM at Banfield Pet Hospital in Clive, Iowa. “If youre looking for a truly healthy breed, you might pick the mid-sized hound from the shelter because it is a mix of breeds.”
Missy Matusicky, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, and assistant professor at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, agrees. However, Matusiky notes that reputable breeders screen for many health issues. “A responsible breeder does pre-breeding health checks on both the mother and father prior to breeding them,” she says.