One of our top priorities regarding our dogs is their health. The unfortunate fact is, despite our best efforts, some conditions and diseases are simply hereditary. When buying a purebred, finding a responsible breeder that tests their dogs for the presence of genetic health problems can certainly eliminate a lot of the guesswork. But if you’d like to rescue–which is a great thing to do!–there is no way to know who the pup’s parents or siblings are.
Luckily, there are a good number of breeds that are less prone to devastating genetic conditions. And while it’s certainly not a guarantee that your dog will live to a healthy, ripe old age (which is always the goal!), purebred lovers might have the best luck with the following generally-healthy breeds.
#1 – English Springer Spaniels
English Springer Spaniels are believed to be rarely affected by hereditary diseases, although when they do have problems they tend to be eye related.
#2 – Shiba Inus
These foxy little pups have remained predisposed to a healthy life. They may be small, but they’re certainly tough.
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#3 – Poodles
Poodles of all sizes share the same knack for staying healthy. Despite their overwhelming popularity, a well-bred Poodle is typically very hardy.