10 Dog Breeds With The Least Health Problems

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.

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  • Erika McCown

    It’s estimated that 25% have IVDD, a debilitating disease that often leads to paralysis of the hind quarters. When that happens, they can’t go to the bathroom on their own and are bound to a cart or if an owner can’t manage to deal with expressing the bladder manually 4 times a day they are often euthanized. Even with surgery (upward of $8,000) recurrences are likely because other discs can have the same issue. The most common advice to avoid IVDD is preventing your dog from any jumping, using stairs, running, or climbing. So it’s a healthy dog if it sits around on the floor its entire life. Yeah they are cute, but they are not a healthy breed.

    • DagGummit

      What breed are you talking about? You don’t say during the entirety of this post.

      • Erika McCown

        Looks like they removed them from the list…Daschunds.

  • Rick Charity

    This site has no clue what it’s talking about. Greyhounds have no major health issues?? Are you kidding?? How about the statistic that 80% of greyhounds over 8 die of osteosarcoma…aka bone cancer. If you adopt a retired racing greyhound, it will change your life. But it will also most likely get cancer, and it’s heart breaking.

  • TXDenise

    I agree. The number of beagles that have kidney, bladder, stomach, etc. cancers is alarming!

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  • Lisa Steggall

    Border collies are awesome dogs. So are doxies. Got one of each.

  • albion

    If you want a dog with little to no health problems, get a mutt. Better immune systems, less problems associated with a specific breed, and all around (IMHOaE) smarter dogs.

    • Lee-Anne Symonds

      Totally incorrect !! Mutts can and will inherit any problems the parents have. Do some research LOL

      • callum

        It depends, if you get a mutt from a place which breeds for looks or for longevity most places breed for looks but many places still breed mutts to look good and have better health for example if a dog breed is likely to have ear problems you breed it with a breed less likely to get ear problems so the pups will be less likely to get it. and the more of a mutt it is the less likely it is to get one of these characteristics. examples for cats are domestic short hairs are the most healthy cat breed because it has the genes of so many species of cats.

  • Tracy Kriss Stratton

    Springer Spaniels?? Ours had skin problems, ear problems, eye problems, and stomach issues, not to mention bladder issues at times.

  • Lee-Anne Symonds

    Border collies and cattle dogs have quite a few diseases that responsible breeders need to test for !!!

  • Wren2014

    I’d say a beagle eating and eating till its barfs and eating more might be considered a health problem.

  • http://petmedstoday.com Adam Brooks

    Good :)

  • Nicodemus_09

    It wasn’t a health problem per se, but I have a dog named Magneto that can manipulate anything made out if metal using only his mind. When he gets angry he’s a handful. But we just got a new pup we named Professor Z that exerts mind control over anything. hopefully he can help keep things in check.

  • Hannah Creque

    I’d assume that the older the breed, the larger the gene-pool, the healthier the population. Of course adding the caveat that old breeds with modern standards looking for exaggeration tend to have severe issues.

  • Wendy Davis Rich

    Never included Rat Terriers and they are known to have very few major health problems, especially in the larger Decker outcrosses, which get as much as 38lbs. GREAT DOGS! I’ve owned four in my lifetime and all have lived, or are still living, long healthy lives. Highly agile, full of energy, and terrier stubborn; they can be down right nuts when they’re young, but they mellow into pretty awesome medium sized dogs with age.


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