Parade interviewed veterinarians about the healthiest dog breeds and why they were picked.
However, while some dog breeds are typically healthier, any dog might have health difficulties.
Klein says Chihuahuas, Papillons, and Toy Poodles “may appear dainty but are known to live long lives, though they may have certain orthopedic issues such as wobbly knees.”
Papillons excel in obedience and agility even as they age, Klein says.
Nelsen believes this breed, bred to herd cattle, is quite tough: They are athletic and rarely have orthopedic issues if well-bred
Klein argues Border Collies—and the Australian Cattle Dog, as Nelsen noted—benefit from their herding roots
Known for their flowing locks, these canines have evolved to survive.
Klein listed these hunting dogs as another lasting breed. “Survival of the fittest,” he says.
Klein adds this breed to the list of old breeds that have developed resilient traits over time.
Nelsen agrees with Klein that Chihuahuas are little but powerful, saying “they often live well into their teens.
PetMD reports a 14–16-year lifetime for this little breed, which is healthy.
These beard-sporting dogs live 12–15 years, but they can get obese and need exercise and a healthy diet, according to PetMD.
“This ‘breed’ is more of a category, but most veterinarians will agree the mixed breed is one of the healthiest dogs!” says Nelsen.