Sturdy Companions: Dog Breeds Known for Excellent Health

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Finding a dog suitable for your household can be daunting, especially when one of your non-negotiables is the breed’s health. Of course, there are many benefits of getting such a pet. For instance, it reduces your emotional stress, knowing your pet will be healthy for the longest time. Further, it reduces the financial burden that may arise from veterinary care.

So, how do you select a breed that is almost always healthy? You consider the breed’s genetic predisposition to some health issues, lifespan, and activity level. Using such guidelines, here are dog breeds considered to be in excellent health.

1. Pomeranian

You may know it as a small breed with a fluffy coat and a lively personality. This breed was a sled-pulling dog in Central Europe but is now a popular companion for many. One of the reasons for its robust health may be its compact size, which may reduce issues associated with larger breeds. 

As such, responsible breeding can minimize the risk of hereditary health issues, as Pomeranians have a generally good genetic makeup.

However, a Pomeranian still requires dental care and a diet that prevents obesity and suits the luxurious coat. Therefore, when choosing Pomeranian food, check for nutrients like high-quality proteins and fats.

2. Siberian Husky

This breed thrives in cold environments, and it has unrivaled endurance. Like the Pomerian, it was a sled dog treasured by the Chukchi community in Siberia. 

One of the possible reasons for the Siberian Husky’s commendable health is its background, given its ability to survive harsh climates. Its physique suits such a region. You see, Huskies have a dense double coat and a muscular build. 

Hence, a Husky’s diet should be balanced to ensure optimal health and energy levels by combining suitable nutrients, such as high-quality proteins to support their muscular build, fats for energy, glucosamine, and chondroitin for joint health.

3. Beagle

One of the striking characteristics of this breed is its sense of smell and tracking instinct. That’s why some pet owners prefer it when hunting small game. It’s a small to medium-sized hound that’s so friendly and curious your household will love having it around. Generally, it’s a healthy breed. But, you can’t overlook training and exercise as these help avoid obesity. 

Plus, its intelligence makes training enjoyable even for you. One area that can be troubling to pet owners is its floppy ears. As such, ear care has to be in the grooming to prevent infections. 

4. German Shorthaired Pointer

Watching a German Shorthaired Pointer hunting on land or in water is stunning. This breed’s intelligence and energy make it a favorite among active families and hunters. Selective breeding to boost this breed’s physical endurance may be one of the reasons for its robust health.

Plus, it has a coat that’s easy to maintain, reducing the risk of skin-related problems. However, the GSP may still require regular veterinary care to monitor for health conditions.

5. Shiba Inu

Imagine stumbling upon a small fox while walking only to realize it’s not a wild animal but a Shiba Inu. One of the striking features of this breed that originated in Japan is its small size and thick, cuddly coat that comes in all colors, from reds to blacks, tans, and creams. It also has unique hygiene habits, grooming itself like a cat, which helps it avoid common skin issues.

In addition, thanks to centuries of careful selection, these pups boast a health record that would make any pet parent proud. Nevertheless, these dogs still need regular jogs, a suitable diet, and vet check-ups to catch any health issues early.

6. Australian Cattle Dog

The sturdy and muscular physique of the Australian Cattle Dog reflects its history as a herding dog. With such endurance and strength, this breed can overcome health issues affecting other dogs. On top of that, the Australian Cattle Dog has a short and dense coat suited to harsh environments, which protects it from skin conditions other breeds encounter.

7. Greyhound

The Greyhound is one of the fastest breeds, clocking up to 45 miles per hour because of its slender build and muscular hindquarters. As such, regular training and exercise can counter some common health issues when outdoors. However, since this breed may not constantly require stimulation or activity indoors, its lower energy level becomes a built-in safeguard against weight gain.

Final Thoughts

Although these dogs may still have some health concerns despite being some of the healthier breeds, this article provides a guide to selecting a breed that is less prone to life-threatening health concerns. In addition, there are issues you can manage through diet, training, and exercise. For example, portion control and providing the best diet can reduce the risk of obesity. 

Author Bio:

Fionna Galliard, an avid dog and cat lover, blends her affection for pets with a flair for baking. Her passion for creating a pet-friendly world resonates in her writings, where the joy of companionship intertwines with the delectable aroma of homemade treats.

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