The 6 healthiest dog breeds: the Bichon Havanese doesn’t need much exercise, yet is a lively, fit dog

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2023. September 8 - Photos: Getty Images Hungary

Here is a non-exhaustive list where we have gathered 6 dog breeds that are renowned for their good health and low incidence of genetic disorders.


If it’s important for you to spend as little as possible on veterinary treatments, make sure you read on! Of course, this does not mean that they can’t have problems or that other breeds can’t live disease-free lives with the right lifestyle; it’s just a little help if that’s a major consideration when choosing a breed. Here are the 6 healthiest dog breeds.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

1. Bichon Havanese

This puppy can steal the heart of even someone who is not a fan of small lapdogs. Easy to train, affectionate, good with children and loves to play with its owner or just relax on the sofa after a long day.

A little exercise is enough to keep it healthy, but its coat needs grooming. Apart from patellar luxation and an eye condition called progressive retinal atrophy, which is common in all small dogs, it has no other typical health problems.

2. Border Collie

One of the most intelligent breeds so it needs a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to live a balanced and happy life. We only recommend it to owners who have the opportunity to spend much more time with their dog than the average owner and who are more experienced. Keeping mostly indoors not recommended!

To avoid dysplasia, exercise with caution under the age of 1 year and pay attention to grooming. It may still be prone to eye diseases, but if the owner is careful, it will have a healthy dog for many years to come.

3. Australian Cattle Dog

Like the Border Collie, the Australian Cattle Dog is a highly intelligent dog with a high exercise requirement, so it is only recommended for owners with an active lifestyle. It is at its best when given a task to do. However, its weatherproof coat requires very little attention.

It may have elbow and hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy.

4. Breton Spaniel

Great family dog, gets along very well with children and other pets. Easy to train and very playful too. It also needs more exercise to stay healthy physically and mentally. But in return we get to share a very lively breed for about 12 years.

The symptoms to look out for in it are hip dysplasia, epilepsy and hypothyroidism, which may be the typical diseases in the breed.

5. Cardigan Welsh Corgi

An ideal family pet; it is a very loyal and alert watch dog, true to its herding heritage. It is very good with children and is highly trainable due to its intelligence. It is also capable of making independent decisions and has a balanced personality. The Cradigan Welsh Corgi loves to go for long walks, but should avoid stairs due to its short legs.

Only hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and degenerative myelopathy may be its typical disease.

6. Pomeranian

It is a great city dog and it is very affectionate to its owner. As a small dog, it does not need much exercise or space. Its big advantage is that it does not tend to run away, as it always likes to be with the family. Its coat needs regular grooming; daily brushing may be necessary to keep it comfortable, especially in areas prone to shedding.

A hardy, healthy dog, patella luxation is its most common ailment.

What is your experience with these breeds? Is there anything we haven’t mentioned that you think we should have?

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