While there are no guarantees when it comes to the health of any breed, some dogs are simply healthier than others and not as prone to certain health problems, particularly genetic disorders. Below are some of the breeds that are known to have the least health problems and are statistically the healthiest of all canine population.
There’s been a huge amount of research into the field of canine genetics, and how it’s related to health and lifespan on dogs. We’ve investigated these studies previously in our article about canine health and dogs with longest lifespans. All findings suggest that there are direct correlation between a dog’s genes (by breed) and likelihood of developing a number of diseases, which are then also correlated with the lifespan of a dog.
This breed is well-known for being very active and overall healthy. Australian Shepherds are not as prone to skin, fur and bone conditions as some other dogs. With good care, these dogs can live up to 15 years. On the other hand, this breed isn’t completely immune and still is prone to a few health issues, most notably Collie Eye Anomaly, which is a genetic congenital eye condition.
Working breeds (with a few exceptions) are generally considered the healthiest breeds, which is also the case here. All Foxhound breeds are very healthy dogs, just like the English Foxhound that has an average lifespan of 11 to 13 years. However, they require regular exercise to keep their health at the optimal level and can sometimes suffer from leukodystrophy, a rare genetic disorder.
Australian Cattle Dog
This is another working dog breed that possesses amazing agility and strength. They are also very intelligent and excel at problem-solving. They can live up to 13 years with proper care and rarely have major health issues. In fact, the longest living dog in the world was an Australian Cattle Dog called Bluey who lived 29 years and 5 months. They are high-energy dogs that require constant mental and physical stimulation. They are, however, prone to hip dysplasia and deafness, especially in their senior years.
English Springer Spaniel
English Spring Spaniels are known for their health because they rarely suffer from serious genetic diseases that would be related to their breed. However, they are prone to minor eye problems. The average lifespan of English Springer Spaniel is around 14 years. They are strong and muscular hunters and high-energy dogs that enjoy long walks, playing fetch and swimming.
German Shorthaired Pointer
This prolific hunting breed is well-known for intelligence and prowess in hunting different types of game, but it is also one of the healthiest dog breeds. The average lifespan of these dogs is 12 to 14 years. They are high-energy and require…