Top 9 Healthiest Dog Breeds

Many dog owners often overlook the importance of looking at a dog breed's life expectancy before the final purchase. 

Everyone wants their dog to live as long as possible and while dogs often can live up to 10+ years as with anything the toughest is to say goodbye. 

In this article, we're going to be looking at the healthiest dog breeds out there that are known for their longevity and good health. So strap your seatbelt and let's get started. 

1) Australian Cattle Dog

First, on the list, we have the Australian Cattle Dog. They have an average lifespan of 10-13 years. They are known for being extremely intelligent, active, and full of energy. 

The Australian Cattle Dog doesn’t thrive well in apartments and they need a lot of room. And they do have a history of some health concerns with the most common health problems being deafness and progressive blindness. 


Australian Cattle Dog

2) Australian Shepherd

On spot number 2, we have another Australian dog: The Australian Sheperd. The Australian Shepherd is quite a bit of a cowboy dog and on average it lives up to 12-15 years. They're generally healthy dogs, however, they're prone to minor health issues like hip dysplasia and different eye diseases. The Australian Shepherds are also sensitive to certain drugs and epilepsy.


Australian Shepherd

3) Basenjis

The Basenji is known as the "barkless" dog from Africa. They've been for so long, that they got to hang out with ancient Egyptians. (Cool, right?) They known for being independent and even grooming themself. When you're talking about a dog that hung out with the accent Egypiticans then you also expect it to live a pretty long life. The typical Basenji can live up to 12-15 years and in some cases even up to 18 years. 



4) Beagle

Here is another dog that has been around for ages. Beagles are thousands of years old and they’ve been around for even longer than the Basenjis. We don’t actually don’t know for how long they’ve existed, just that have existed for thousands of years. We think that says something about the health and longevity of these cute guys. 

The typical Beagle is expected to live 12-15 years. 



5) Greyhounds

The Greyhound is an old breed from good old Great Britain. They're known to be the second-fastest animal on earth and they can run 72 km/t an hour! The Greyhound has very long powerful legs and slim build that allows it to run insanely fast. Greyhounds are not just known to be fast but they're also very healthy with an average lifespan of 10-14 years. 



6) Chihuahua

Chihuahuas come from Mexico and it's thought that Christopher Columbus might have taken them all the way to Europe. 

They usually live 12+ years and common health problems include hypoglycemia, luxating patella, and tracheal collapse. Even though they're very small dog dogs they come with a big heart and even bigger personalities. 



7) Dachshund

The Dachshund is a scent dog that lives up 12-16 years. They used to live in packs as hunters and humans even used them for hunting. 

The word “Dachshund” itself is a German word meaning “badger dog,” and the breed's German history goes back some 600 years.

They never fail to draw smiles of admiration and they can form a very close connection to their owner.



8) Poodle

The origin of the Poodle is from Germany and France. We aren’t exactly sure though. As far back as Roman times in the areas around the Mediterranean, there are reliefs with dogs that can be identified as poodles with goodwill. Paintings and drawings show that the poodle was common in Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries. In Spain, the poodle was the most popular breed in the latter half of the 18th century. Since the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, the poodle has been France's national dog, and France is the country considered today to be its country of origin according to the F.C.I. Federation Cynologique Internationale (the international dog organization)

The poodle is always happy and lively, but it demands your attention. It loves to be the center and will do much to be at the center at all times. Therefore, it is required that you take care of your poodle, play with it. 

A happy and energetic poodle, they can live up to 12-15 years. 



9) Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is as healthy as cute. They're very active and can live up to 12-15 years. 

Both Russia and the United States would like to take credit for the origins of the Siberian husky. The breed was bred by the Chukchi tribe in Northeast Asia over 3,000 years ago to help the nomadic people with the sled dogs. 


Siberian Husky