Are some breeds of dog healthier than others?
The truth is, it’s hard to know for sure which dog breeds are the healthiest since everybody has different definitions of health. For the sake of this post, we’re defining healthy dog breeds as those with the fewest incidences of genetic disorders.
Don’t let this list be the defining factor when choosing a breed, however, since your dog’s personality and energy level needs to match your family’s, too.
Keep reading to learn more about some of the healthiest dog breeds.
There are several working breeds on this list. When a dog is being bred for work, the breeders may focus on health more than appearance, resulting in an overall healthier dog.
Border collies are known for being incredibly intelligent and eager to please. They also require a lot of exercise because they’ve been bred to have a lot of energy for work. While they can have issues with seizures and hypothyroidism, they’re generally healthy dogs.
Another working breed, Foxhounds have been used for hunting foxes for centuries. As such, health and stamina have been bred into them for generations. While they’re still used for fox hunting in areas where it’s allowed, many Foxhounds now keep busy families company.
Hip dysplasia, ear infections, and some blood disorders can be seen in Foxhounds, but it’s not prevalent enough to know for certain if it’s a breed issue. Most dogs within this breed that have these problems are anomalies, not the norm.
One the complete opposite ends of the spectrum is a dog that was bred specifically for being a companion animal. Even so, they have few genetic conditions to speak of. While they do have some health concerns, many of those are related to this dog’s small size.
Unsurprisingly, another working dog has made the list of healthiest dog breeds. Siberian Huskies were first bred for pulling dog sleds in cold northern climates. Now, while most of them are companion animals, some still perform this job.
Like the other working dogs on this list, these are energetic dogs that require a LOT of exercise. Because of that, they are prone to obesity if not provided enough space to run in. Conditions like hip dysplasia are also seen in Huskies, but that may be due to their active lifestyle rather than genetics.
While some conditions are seen equally in both mutts and purebreds, others are much more common in purebreds. Dogs that have a mix of genetics have a better chance of avoiding conditions like hypothyroidism, elbow dysplasia, and cataracts.
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