Top 10 Healthiest Dog Breeds

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  1. JacksonsMom

    JacksonsMom Active Member

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    Ummm... where did this site get their info? Rottweilers are the #2 most healthy breed? I love Rotties, but almost every one I've ever known died before 10. Labs? Same thing -- most I know died of cancer before 10. German Shepherds? These aren't dogs I think of when I'm thinking of "healthiest".

    http://www.infobarrel.com/Top_10_Healthiest_Dog_Breeds
     
  2. ~Jessie~

    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    Yeah, I definitely don't agree with that list. I'd put Chihuahuas up there, since they're one of the longest lived and healthiest breeds.
     
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    Definitely. Also a lot of the small terriers live really healthy long lives.
     
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    Sibes are pretty healthy, rarely have any known surface issues. But this...

    Is completely false. VERY FEW Sibe breeders actually do OFAs(I'd guess maybe 1/10..if that), therefore that is NOT an accurate number at all. Ditto with Malamutes, and they've been known to have hip issues. I wouldn't nominate Malamutes.

    And obviously mutts aren't all that healthy either. Can go both ways.

    This is a stupid list.
     
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    I agree! The two on that list that I really, really don't understand are labs and rotties. I've never met a lab or rottie that have made it into their teen years.

    Did you see the bibliography? Such terrible sources.

    Just because a breed isn't prone to hip dysplasia or liver disease doesn't mean that they're a "healthy" breed. That article is one huge contradiction.
     
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    Actually, this list of Rottweiler health problems is relatively short compared to some other breeds. But yeah...they're not a very healthy a breed. I didn't look up the others but how they can say a Heinz 57 is a healthy "breed," I don't know. That would depend on what the dog is, what's in his heritage. Good heavens! And how is taking good care of your dog going to prevent some of these health problems? (bolded part at the bottom)This is another dumb person. Yeah, feeding right and exercise is going to prevent Von Willebrand's?

     
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    I think this list goes to show why people shouldn't put all of their faith into Wikipedia!
     
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    And articles from 1963 :rofl1:
     
  9. Kaydee

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    Seems to me they just created a random list. I believe it's often the bigger the dog the shorter the lifespan on average. Then healthy is subjective. Pookins can leap tall park benches in a single bound but her skin ailments are making her nuts. What's healthy really ya know???
     
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    I agree, what a bizarre list. I want to facepalm at some of the comments, too - the author of it states that he is a "firm believer in objective sceince". Um. Ok.
     
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    small terriers and alot of sighthounds are very healthy, but definitely rottie shouldn't be 2nd
     
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    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    Yeah, without defining "health", as Kaydee pointed out, and without defining "breed" (because apparently Heinz 57 is a breed) this list is just doomed from the start, LOL.
     
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    Finkie_Mom It's A Red Dog Revolution

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    Yeah, not a fan of that article.... Finnish Spitz are SUPER healthy, but you would never even see them on a list like that because they aren't common - same with other rare breeds.
     
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    The part in the German Shepherd that says

    "A major dog health problem relating to spinal curvature has been noted more often in recent years, especially in the Americanized version of the breed (European German Shepherds, not subject to such draconian inbreeding, do not suffer this anomaly as often)."

    Makes NO sense! The American line dogs don't even have the severely curving backbone like the West German dogs do so why on earth would they suffer from something they don't even have!
     
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    Um...yeah...no!

    This is clearly a list of BS :D
     
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    Border Collies should be higher, they are very healthy. They also are setting people up for failure by telling them that mix breed dogs are definitely going to live 10-16 years, and don't have any health problems. Its all a tossup if you don't know the genetic background of a dog. It could live 16 years, it could live 6.

    Also, poodles are the unhealthiest breed out there? Are they on crack?
     
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    And umm this quote from the Corgi section
    "Most of the health problems these animals develop are related to aging: Von Willebrand's disease (which affects blood platelets), hip dysplasia, and myelopathy."

    *headdesk* The worst part is people read this and automatically believe it. Cause no "study" on the internet can be wrong :wall:
     
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    This. x100.
     
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    Wirehaired pointing griffons are WAAY healthier than every breed on that list.
     

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