22 Healthiest Dog Breeds With the Least Health Problems

22 Healthiest Dog Breeds - Dogs With Long Life Spans
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Every dog is distinct, varying in size, personality and health. While not absolute, some breeds do tend to live longer than others. Often, these dogs are considered healthier, possibly due to their abundant energy and, sometimes, smaller size. Here, find a list of some of the healthiest dog breeds that generally have long life spans (up to 18 years in some cases!).

Looking for more info on different types of dog breeds? Check out our guides to the best medium-sized dogs, the best large dogs, the best dogs for families, the quietest dog breeds and dogs that don't shed.

Australian Cattle Dog

Known to help ranchers keep herds in check, Australian Cattle Dogs love being outdoors. There's no doubt that their athleticism contributes to their health. An ACD named Bluey holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest dog; he passed away at 29 years old.

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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds thrive on being put to work alongside farmers. Their active lifestyle ensures a long, happy life — living anywhere from 12 to 15 years.

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Aside from licking their fur clean like cats, this independent dog is also known for not barking. Instead, they yodel to express themselves, especially against intruders.

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Small but mighty best describes this breed well. Being part of a hunting pack comes naturally to them and they succeed, thanks to their excellent sense of smell. Living between 10-15 years, beagles make loyal companions.

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Belgian Malinois

Their perky ears and dark face are favored by the military, which trains this breed to skydive! The Malinois is incredibly obedient and smart, living as long as 14 years.

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Bichon Frise

Cuteness alert! This dog's white hypoallergenic coat makes their dark eyes and big smile standout. Bichons love spending time with their owners and enjoy making new friends.

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Border Collie

The need to move keeps Border Collies young at heart, well into old age. With an average lifespan of 12 years, they stay busy herding livestock and winning first place at dog shows with their agility.

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A fan of short walks, this breed is known as the smallest in the world. Living as long as 18 years, Chihuahuas like a warm lap and lots of cuddles.

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Named an "icon" by the American Kennel Club, this dog's long body and short legs earned it the nickname "wiener." Daily exercise could help yours stay healthy for its 20th birthday.

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German Pinscher

Often described as elegant, the German Pinscher is always poised and ready for any adventure. This muscular breed has a lifespan of 12-15 years.

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German Shorthaired Pointer

Spot a German Shorthaired Pointer in a sea of dogs by their unique patterned fur. Leave one outdoors and it could run for days. Their drive keeps them young.

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Originally from Egypt, Greyhounds are admired for their perfect form and quickness during a chase. Hereditary health issues are rare in this breed.

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Havanese dogs have small but sturdy bodies that are adaptable in nature, helping them live a long life. They'll certainly be showing off a dozen hairstyles throughout their 14 years of life.

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Miniature Schnauzer

Part of the terrier group, Miniature Schnauzers do well in a quiet family home or on a farm. Its muscular body and fearless attitude contributes to its 15-year lifespan.

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Pomeranians don't let their small bodies keep them from being the life of the party. Their furry coats help them stay warm during short walks. If it's too cold, they can exercise indoors instead.

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These French doggies do well in all seasons and climates thanks to their versatile coat, which can be trimmed depending on the weather. One can keep up with you for 14 years.

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Despite their wrinkly face, pugs are an energetic breed and can live up to 15 years with the right diet. They prefer places that aren't too hot or too cold, and don't mind having company.

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Shiba Inu

This Japanese pup arrived in the United States back in 1954 and turned heads with its fox-like appearance. It was originally bred to hunt large game in the mountains.

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Shih Tzu

Its long mane disguises 16 pounds of strength underneath it. Well known for its affection toward children, the Shih Tzu can live 18 happy years.

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Siberian Husky

Don't let a Siberian Husky's graceful walk fool you. This powerful dog is used to running in a pack and needs open space to release its energy. The average husky can live to be 14 years old.

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Manchester Terrier

The Manchester Terrier is equals parts goofy and clever. This breed loves companionship, bonding with owners doing sports. Both varieties (standard and toy) have a lifespan of 15 years.

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The Whippet is often called a smaller version of a Greyhound, but is still speedy, reaching up to 35 miles per hour. Like other healthy breeds, it needs amble exercise to potentially live 15 wonderful years.

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