Clean Bill of Health: Top 10 Healthiest Dog Breeds


It is difficult to watch our beloved canine’s suffering from health issues such as heart diseases, skin infections or any serious issues. However, these deadly diseases may affect our pets any time. A few breeds have got a healthier-body structure from their ancestors and they have an immunity power to protest against the viruses that cause death threatening diseases. This doesn’t mean that, they are disease-free but when comparing with other breeds the chances of causing disease will be low. So, picking-up a dog from these breeds will help you to save money from medical expenses.

According to the research, pets help us to view our sense of belonging. It was also revealed that people are benefited from mental relaxation in owing a dog. Some trained dogs can find out human skin-cancer by just sniffing the skin lesions. It is very clear that dogs have strong senses than humans and with that they can able to find everything from bombs to drugs. In addition, a few have a strong     ‘Sixth-Sense’. Instead of buying a popular or good looking breed, you can pick-up one from healthiest dog breed.

Why some breeds are prone to illness/disease?

It occurs due to poor breeding practices, if the breed has the raging popularity. Sometimes, over breeding may also lead to many health problems, when breeds seek out the physical feature, instead of health and long-life.

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dogs are popular because of their intelligence and problem solving skills. These breeds are also known as ‘Heelers’, they are very assertive and will have to push into pressure for training with cattles. This breed is a good companion to families and travellers. Their average life span is 12 to 15 years. These dogs often perform well in canine sports and completes their works asigned to them. They are versatile workers and have the capacity to play challenging tasks. They will not get tired easily and are capable of hard working for long hours. Also they are fast runners and sharp in changing their directions soon as possible. The movements of Heeler’s are athletic and agile from hindquarter to shoulders and foreleg. The major concerns commonly seen in Australian cattle dogs are hip dysplasia, deafness and elbow dysplasia.

Basenji

Basenjis are viewed as clever and adorable breeds. They will whimper, growl, whine and even yodel a bit, but they do not bark. It makes an unusual yodel like sound which is commonly known as ‘Baroo’. It has odd structured larynx and this breed is popular with a nick name ‘Soundless Dog’. The breed is recognised as mischievous and has high sense of humour. They do not have the ability to bark like  other dogs. They are also famous for their extraordinary life span when compared to other dogs. Their  average life span is 12 to 16 years. They have a strong coat with muscular body and they certainly work on the most challenging tasks to prove themselves. Basenjis are very emotionally attached to humans and do not mingle with non-canine pets.

Border Collie

Border Collie is the most famous and healthiest dog breed around the world. They usually have an average lifespan of about 10 to 17 years. They are highly trainable and will show an outstanding performance in canine sports like flyball, agility and obedience and it has tremendous amount of energy. They are excellent watch dogs and they will alert the owner, if some stranger comes to our home. Border collie is highly sensitive and they response to the commands seamlessly. They can predict their owner’s desire in advance.

These dogs should be maintained, well socialised, well trained from their puppyhood and they are not couch potatoes or cuddlers. They are be participated in a wide range of activities such as competitive obedience, scent detection, narcotics detection and search and rescue. The chances of getting genetic disorders in this breed are hip dysplasia, epilepsy, Collie Eye Anomaly (affects retina). Their eyes do not develop normally as other breeds so they possess wide range of affect either visual impairment or total blindness.

Standard Schnauzer

Standard Schnauzers is a medium sized dog and they are loved by everyone. Schnauzers are very popular in Europe, especially in Germany and they are originally bred to be ratters, guard dogs and for all purpose. They have wiry coats, which hardly shed with minimal dog-odour. Their hallmark is its unique appearance because they are of different sizes. They are usually seen in salt-n-pepper or black in colour and are known for exhibiting ‘ideal’ traits of any breed. Standard Schnauzers are also famous for intelligence, alertness, reliability, strength, agility and endurance. Their average lifespan is 13 to 16 years and can be used for hunting and recovery process, both in land and water. They are quick to bark and their noise is cleverly deep; it sounds like large breed dogs.

English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniels are mostly preferred by sportsmen. As per the studies, they are rarely affected by hereditary diseases. These breeds are active learner, lovable, gentle and friendly towards human beings. However, they have some similarities with English Cocker Spaniel but the only difference is in their size. They are shorter and have long set of ears.

It has an average life span of 12 to 14 years. This breed are developed as a gun dog to flush, for gaming and to spring in the field. They can also used for hunting tests, tracking, agility and for obedience trials. They may suffer from minor eye disorders. They do not bark loudly and they quickly quiet downs. They are expected to be petted even by strangers.

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointers are one the most versatile multi-purpose gundog and one among active dogs, which becomes frustrated. Normally, these dogs are energetic, intelligent and quite boisterous. It can be a great companion while hiking, jogging, carting, skijoring, mushing and in dog scootering. It needs a plenty of vigorous activities and it needs regular running exercises for better function. They have an average life span of 12 to 14 years and they are a great family companion. These breeds are stylish, impressive, playful, hardworking, learns quickly and are not known for being stubborn. They usually occur with solid liver or solid black coats with a small blaze of ticking/white on their chest. This dog breed acts as both pointer and retriever in hunting. They shed constantly, in which they provide camouflage during winter seasons.

English Foxhound

English Foxhound is primarily used for fox hunting because they have good stamina and also have good noses to find out mysterious cases and have determined features. They are familiar with tricolour coats and also seem to be the best combination for their stamina/strength. These breeds have an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years and they are not suitable for living in small apartments. Training and socialization are the most important factors that have to be instructed for English Foxhound. Its character and the mental stimulation of dog will depend on the commands given by their owners. It requires daily exercise such as jogging or a long walk. This breed is highly sociable dog and should have a regular interaction with humans. Usually Foxhound prefers to live outside, by conserving with warm shelter and bedding. On the other hand, this dog breed has the chances to get infected by thrombopathy, but this infection can be identified through blood test.

Boston Terrier

Boston Terrier is a highly intelligent, smooth coated, short headed, compactly built, short-tailed and well balanced dog. They are commonly seen in seal or black in colour and will be evenly marked with white. The head portion and its size shows their high degree of smartness and intelligence. They have an average life span of 13 to 15 years and they have unique set of ears which stand erect with their beautiful graceful eyes. They love children and they are also a good companion for old people, who are not active participants. It usually weighs from 10 to 25 pounds were their highest weigh is between 13 to 16 pounds which makes them portable. Excel in dog sports such as flyball, agility, obedience test and rally. However, they are a small breed with strong outer coat and has well developed muscles, which make them one of the healthiest dog breeds.

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu is medium sized dog, which are bold in nature, fiery and originated from Japan. Also known for its best appearance, energy-level, affectionate and territorial personality. It is considered as the healthiest breed, which only have a chance of getting affected by patellar luxation/hip dysplasia. It has an average life span of 12 to 15 years. Somehow, these dogs make great companions with everyone and easily learn how to socialise with people.

It may take time for professional trainers to train them and will require a secured fenced yard and daily exercise for physical fitness. Here, for Shiba Inu shedding will be based on seasonal change and particularly during summer season, but daily brushing can help to prevent this problem. Shaving or cutting the outer coat for this breed is not recommended because they can preserve themselves from cold & hot temperature for a longer time.

Poodle

Poodles of all size share the same knack for being healthy, beautiful, intelligent and sophisticated. Initially, they were known as the water retrievers and also come in coat styling. Sometimes, the owners trim them to prevent it from weighing dogs and snagging underwater debris. It comes in many colours such as black, blue, silver, grey, cream, red, white, brown and apricot. Poodles have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Their body structure seems to be lower to ground, with short legs and have inherited deformity known as ‘Chondrodysplasia’.

They don’t have agility/elegance as the miniature poodle and are more susceptible to disc disease. Miniature poodles can grow nearly up to 15 inches. According to American Kennel Club breed standards. These dogs are playful, but have a dignified personality and are easy to train. For this breed, clipping must be done regularly, typically about every 6 to 8 weeks or else the curly coat will mat into gnarly knots.


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