GENERAL BREED INFO

Healthiest Dog Breeds: 7 Dogs With The Least Health Problems

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John Walton
Written by John Walton

When it comes to bringing a dog into the family there are a lot of things to take into account, including what the healthiest dog breeds might be. With purebred dogs’ certain health issues can be common and they are a thing to watch out for. You should always have an emergency fund ready in case you need to take your dog to the vet – but if those funds are on the lower end right now, you should do your best to get a breed that is less likely to have a bunch of health problems!

All dogs are going to have to visit the vet for something other than a routine checkup at least once in their lives. It could be that your puppy ate something he shouldn’t have or decided to jump from too high of a place and got hurt. Whatever the case those sort of accidents cannot be planned for. On the other hand, knowing what health issues are common in certain breeds can help you determine if that dog is right for you and your family and if you will be able to afford any potential health care he needs.

About the author
John Walton
John Walton

John Walton lives in Somerville, MA, with his two dogs, two sons, and very understanding mate. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator, and the Training Director for the New England Dog Training Club.

  • Angela Pickles

    After losing two dogs to cancer and another one due to hip injury, I’d like to ask your opinions on what dog breed are the healthiest? I’d really like a dog with long life and not at all sickly. It would be nice to have a companion in my old age. Any help will be appreciated! :)

    • Hi, Angela,

      I would be able to help you more if you can identify the dog breeds that you’ve had in the past. There are a lot of healthy dog breeds out there, and some can easily conform with your lifestyle requirements. But in general, Poodles, Havanese, Keeshond, and of course the Golden Retriever can make good companion dogs.

  • Paul

    According to a poll and some research I’ve done myself, the Rhodesian Ridge-back is said to be the healthiest, strongest dog. What do breed would be the greatest rival for this dog?

    • I would have to agree that this is one of the healthier dog breeds, however, being one of the strongest can be quite tricky depending on what aspect of strength you are looking for. Thanks to its very limited pedigree, it managed to sustain its healthy roots from the ancient ridgebacks to the Rhodesian Ridgebacks that we have today.

  • Benjamin

    I have a Gold Sable Shepherd who is a great and strong dog. I have heard that these are more athletic and healthy than the standard black and tan German Shepherds, is this true?

    • I am not completely convinced on how a coat color variation and dominance can determine a dog’s health and vigor. German Shepherds are generally healthy dogs, regardless of their coat color. However, the variation broadens in temperament and overall demeanor because some lineages have more aggressive or protective strain than others.

  • Erica

    Great article! I am quite astounded by the amount of ‘shepherd’ dogs in this list. Is there any specific reason why these dogs dominate the health front?

    • There are some breeds that benefit from a long yet untainted breeding process. This saves them from genetic-associated illnesses that pass from generation to generation. The less tainted a lineage is, the less chances of health problems arise.

  • Quentin

    The Golden Retriever is probably one of the most loved dog GLOBALLY they are great dogs to have. I’ve heard of a lot of them struggling severely with lumps and cancer. Is this true? Is it hereditary?
    I really love the German Shepherd as well, and in my mind it seems to be a healthier dog that the Golden Retriever, anyone who can help me out?

    • Some pedigrees are more susceptible to cancer and hereditary illnesses, which is very important to identify whenever you’re getting not just a Golden Retriever or a German Shepherd. You must ensure that its lineage is generally healthy other than the predisposing illnesses that are common in the breed.

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