The 10 Healthiest Dog Breeds

Posted by Christy Caplan

Some dog breeds are considered healthier than others. Everyone should research the health conditions certain breeds (or mixed breed) are predisposed to before bringing them home.

The best advice will be given to you by your veterinarian or a reputable breeder, so ask them first as you research breeds. Also, remember that a healthy dog is one that is taken to the vet for annual wellness exams as owners should always be proactive about their dog's health. Based on research, here are ten breeds known to be the healthiest dog breeds.

Healthiest Dog Breeds

10. German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer puppy

German Shorthaired Pointers (GSPs) are super smart hunting dogs that are live wires! These gun dogs are built for the field and their slick, slender bodies prove it.

While their main health concerns include hip dysplasia, these high-energy dogs are generally healthy dogs. Their life span generally ranges from 12 to 15 years.

9. Chihuahua


The Spruce Pets tells us that Chihuahuas' brains are the biggest of any dog breed, when taking into account body-to-size ratio. Small Chihuahuas have an average lifespan that ranges between 12 and 20 years.

Here's a story we wrote about a Chihuahua that was 18 years old! They're so brave!

8. Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois

These are highly intelligent and trainable dogs. This breed is not ideal for families and small children given their intensity level, so we wanted to answer that question first as it's one of the most searched questions about this breed.

Possible health issues such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia are common in this breed, yet their life span is anywhere between 14 to 16 years.

7. Whippet


According to CertaPet, Whippets are a "'barkless' dog, and quiet to live with. They are friendly and very social dogs, and rather spend as much time as possible surrounded by happy people."

CertaPet explains:

"They do, however, need a lot of exercise, which is why you should not only take him for daily walks, you should also take him to parks and places he can run around. Whippets can live up to 13 years."

6. Mixed breeds!

This is Shermie, our mixed-breed. He's absolutely Beagle, but we also think he's got some Basset Hound in there too. The Beagle is our number one breed on this healthiest dog breed list! When you adopt a mixed breed you should research the breeds the shelter or you think they may consist of. The Spruce Pets says mixed breeds are the way to go:

"Because mixed breed dogs have an extremely wide gene pool (unlike purebred dogs), it's less common for them to experience hereditary or genetic disorders."

5. Havanese


They're not all that big! Typically they're about 7-13 pounds and need regular exercise. They're also in the toy group so this small breed is considered a great candidate for city dwellers but if you work all day you'll need a dog walker!

They can live up to 13 years.

4. Poodle


Poodles are usually associated with canine fashion, but they are also highly intelligent. They were originally bred for bird hunting and water retrieving, and they've been trained to bring supplies to soldiers wounded in battle.

They are active and friendly dogs and are hypoallergenic. They can live up to 14 years.

3. Dachshund


This is 'Burns' the doxie! He won the 2019 'Best in Hound' group and is adorable.

Although they're keen hunters, Dachshunds are very popular family pets. Their unique personality makes Dachshunds an ideal, smart dog around the house. Make sure your Dachsie gets solid training, regular exercise and mental stimulation, and supervision around children and other pets.

Health problems are generally related to weight due to their small size, and Dachshunds are most prone to diabetes. They can also suffer from progressive retinol atrophy. Dachshunds have a longer average lifespan of 12 to 16 years.

2. Greyhound


If you're looking for a canine pal with a unique personality, a quirky sense of humor, and a lot of affection to give - on his or her terms - you might have found your next best friend.

For someone willing to approach training with good humor, prepared for the ongoing vigilance required to supervise and exercise a dog with a very high prey drive, and who's charmed by a dog with a distinctly cat-like personality, the sweet, spirited Greyhound can make a wonderful companion animal and family pet.

Greyhounds live between 10 and 13 years.

1. Beagle


CertaPet tells us that Beagles live for about 15 years. Our Beagle mix is 14-years-old and doing great! Many experts, vets, and studies explain that this breed lives for a long time if taken care of properly. This breed makes excellent emotional support animals.

Health conditions seen in Beagles, like progressive retinal atrophy, are associated with older age.

There are many more breeds that can be deemed a 'healthy breed,' but based on research, these ten were near the top of the list. You'll see the trend between these breeds is life expectancy and fewer genetic diseases.

In order for any dog to live a long life, they'll need regular vet care and checkups. Some of the breeds on the list are energetic breeds, active breeds, and some are small dogs! Other breeds on the list are working dogs and watchdogs so you'll need to start narrowing down the type of dog you'd like to live with that meets your lifestyle.

Perhaps the best breed for your lifestyle is a Labrador Retriever!

Do you agree with this list?  Please let us know what you think in the comments.

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