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Anyone who wants to adopt a dog wishes that it enjoys a healthy life and remains a member of the extended family for a long time. If you are opting for a purebred canine companion, there are some health problems inherent with any purebred breed. However, there are a few breeds that tend to experience fewer health issues than other breeds. You should also talk to the breeders about the breeding pair’s health in order to get an idea of what issues your dog may face. Here is the list of ten dog breeds with the least health issues:
Considered as one of the best hunting dogs, these active little dogs like a lot of exercise. Nutritious diet coupled with plenty of physical activity will help keep them healthy for the long-term. Although there are few genetic health concerns that are associated with beagles, such as heart problems and epilepsy. Not all lines exhibit these problems; therefore, getting the health background from the breeders will prepare you for any future difficulty that your dog may face.
Poodles are popular dogs and have a long life expectancy (about 15 years) compared with other large breeds. They also have few health concerns. Some eye-related health problems can appear in poodles such as teary eyes, cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy. However, proper care and grooming of poodles help to minimize these health problems.
Labrador Retrievers are known for their playful temperament as well as lower health issues. Chocolate, black, yellow, or silver, whichever Labrador you choose, you will be getting a dog with minimal genetic health problems. Some Labradors lines are prone to eye disorders or joint dysplasia.
Chihuahuas have experienced few genetic health problems in the past due to careless breeding. However, if you get your Chihuahua puppy from the trustworthy breeder, your dog will not likely experience health problems like epilepsy or hip dysplasia. You can also minimize stress-related problems by providing a safe environment that makes your dog feel secure.
Greyhounds are one of the most attractive and fastest dog breeds. Known for their loyal and brave temperament, greyhounds are a surprisingly healthy breed. This breed can suffer from bloat, but feeding them smaller and more frequent meals can eliminate this problem. Some greyhounds also have dental issues; but by regular cleanings of teeth and providing toys that encourage chewing, you can keep your greyhound away from the significant dental problems.
The highly intelligent and active dog breed, Border Collie has a fairly long life expectancy which is around 15 years. This breed of dogs is not known for experiencing a number of health issues, although some lines of this breed may have hip dysplasia or seizures.
An athletic and curious dog breed, Basenji is intelligent and friendly as well. This breed is known for its minimal health concerns. Some possible health problems in these dogs are kidney and eye problems, which are curable if caught in the early stages.
The fluffy and charming Bichon Frise is an apartment friendly dog and it requires fairly low-maintenance when it comes to health concerns. However, some lines of this breed can be prone to allergies, which can cause skin and ear conditions, but thankfully these are curable ailments.
Like the Chihuahua dogs, the Doberman pinscher was also once known for various health issues due to careless breeding. But, if you consult with the breeder on your dog’s genetic lineage, you can be reassured that your dog should not have a tendency towards joint heart defects or dysplasia. There are two conditions, however, that Dobermans are prone to. Those are Wobbler disease, a condition that affects the spine, and Von Willegbrands disease, a blood disorder.
10.Australian Cattle Dog
Australian cattle dogs have an average life expectancy of about 15 years, however, there have been Australian cattle dogs that lived more than 20 years, and the oldest dog on record was an Australian cattle dog. These hardworking herding dogs are an extremely healthy breed of dogs with only deafness and hip dysplasia as possible health concerns.