Like their hoomans, dogs can also get sick and develop diseases, including heart disease, orthopedic problems, cancer, and skin conditions. But there are dog breeds that are known to be less susceptible to serious health issues. Of course, there’s no guarantee that just because a dog’s breed is known to be healthier, it won’t develop health conditions. However, genetics may play a role.
Here are 10 dog breeds that have few health issues and relatively long life spans.
1. English Springer Spaniel
The English Springer Spaniel was originally bred to flush, or spring, game in the field. They are smart and fast, weighing an average of 50 lbs. Their lifespan is generally 9-15 years. This breed is rarely affected by genetic disease. If they do have health problems, it is often eye related.
2. Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu is one of Japan’s six original breeds, known for his distinct personality and cat-like agility. They do shed but their fur is short and fine. They adapt very well to apartment living and weigh an average of 20 lbs. Their lifespan is 12-16 years.
Poodles are intelligent, non-shedding dogs that make excellent companions. They are athletic, hardy dogs who make exceptional swimmers. Poodles come in several sizes: Standard, Miniature, and Toy. They have little health issues but are prone to tooth decay. It is important to keep their chompers nice and clean! Their lifespan is 12-15 years.
The Greyhound is becoming more and more popular as a companion animal. They are smart, loyal and extremely well behaved. Greyhounds, although bred for racing, do best in a home where they can exercise and lounge about. They have little body fat so they need a warm coat in the winter. Their lifespan is 12-15 years.
5. Border Collies
Known for their cleverness and trainability, the Border Collie is a robust breed. They make excellent pets, especially for families with children. If you want a dog that loves to play fetch, go on hikes and learn to master the agility course, this is the dog for you! Their lifespan is 12-16 years.
Snoopy put the Beagle on the map! This dog breed has evaded most genetic issues. Beagles make excellent pets but because they tend to be vocal, they aren’t for all families. The Beagle was originally bred as a scenthound to track small game. They adapt well to apartment living. A Beagle’s lifespan is 10-15 years.
7. The Siberian Husky
Siberian Huskies are sweet, outgoing dogs. This healthy breed of dog is also intelligent, independent, and can be quite mischievous, which is why they need a patient trainer. Huskies are vocal and Husky owners swear they have a language of their own. This healthy dog can live an average of 12 years.
The Chihuahua earned a bad “health reputation” due to unethical breeders. However, when they are bred properly, Chihuahuas are extremely healthy dogs. They are known for their larger than life personalities and adorable little bodies! Chis LOVE being close to their humans so if you don’t want a lap dog then a Chihuahua is not the breed for you. A well-cared for Chi can live up to 20 years!
Basenjis have been around for a long time! They are “barkless” dogs because, well, they rarely bark. This makes them perfect for apartment living. They have lots of energy and love to be the life of the party. They have very short hair that only sheds several times a year. Their lifespan is generally 9-12 years.
10. Labrador Retriever
One of the most popular breeds in the world, Labs are friendly, high-spirited, intelligent dogs. They are easy to train and are great with other animals and kids. Labs love to play, right up until the end of their life. They are the perfect companion for outdoor adventurers, especially swimmers! This dog breed’s lifespan is generally 10-13 years.