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Want a healthy and happy dog? Your best plan of action is to give whatever breed of pooch you choose regular veterinary check-ups and plenty of exercise, discipline, and affection.

However, while nothing trumps proper care when it comes to raising a healthy dog, there are certain breeds that are less prone to developing health problems than others. Here are seven of the healthiest dog breeds.

  1. Australian cattle dog
    This energetic breed of dog is renowned for its intelligence, agility, and endurance. As a comparatively healthy breed, the Australian cattle dog does not have a history of serious illnesses and may live up to 13 years with proper training and appropriate preventative care.
     
  2. Australian shepherd
    The Australian shepherd enjoys a reputation for evading many of the bone, skin, and fur complications that affect other breeds more frequently. This active, intelligent, and agile species of dog may live up to 15 years.
     
  3. Border collie
    Advances in DNA testing have made it easier to control the relatively few minor genetic conditions known to affect border collies. As a high-energy dog with a lifespan of up to 14 years, the Border collie is a great choice for young families and active individuals — just be ready to provide her with lots of outdoor playtime and exercise.
     
  4. Chihuahua
    With love and attention, this pint-sized pooch species can live up to 18 years. The Chihuahua’s petite size means it typically requires less exercise than other breeds of dogs.
     
  5. English springer spaniel
    Though this mild, cordial breed of spaniel is sometimes known to suffer minor eye problems, it is typically less likely to suffer from many serious genetic diseases. A healthy English springer spaniel may live up to 14 years.
     
  6. German pinscher
    This muscular and agile dog is not often associated with major health conditions, and may live up to 14 years with proper care and plenty of exercise.
     
  7. Mixed breeds or “mutts”
    Studies have found that mixed breeds are less prone to falling victim to heart disease, hyperthyroidism, and other genetic diseases. Pet owners and veterinarians alike have often attested to mixed breeds living healthier and longer lives than purebreds, though certain combinations of breeds may be more vulnerable to certain genetic conditions. If you choose to adopt a mixed breed, you may want to test him for genetic diseases to provide more appropriate preventative care.

It’s important to remember that no matter what breed of dog you choose, proper care, a healthy diet, routine checkups, and plenty of love are essential to ensuring her life is a long and happy one. Prevention is the most effective treatment. Be sure to consult with your vet to learn more about appropriate strategies to reduce the risk of illness and diseases for your dog.

What is your dog’s breed, or breeds, and what kind of health problems has he suffered?

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