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10 of the Healthiest Dog Breeds With Few Well being Circumstances

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  • Australian Cattle Dog

    Loyal but independent, an affectionate Australian cattle dog is a great match for anyone who shares his intelligence, high energy, attention to detail, and activity level. Learn more about this exceptional herding dog.

  • Chihuahua

    Chihuahuas are charming, smart, and sassy. Small in size, but big in personality, Chihuahuas are beloved by owners for their unique appearance and entertaining attitudes. Learn more about living with this pint-sized breed.

  • Australian Shepherd (Aussie)

    Australian shepherds are intelligent, loyal, energetic dogs that love spending quality time exploring with their owners. Learn more about living with Aussies.

  • Greyhound

    Greyhounds are gentle, graceful dogs who are known for their sweet temperament and sprinting capabilities. These regal hounds enjoy the comforts of life and make excellent family pets.

  • Poodle (Standard)

    Standard poodles are energetic, intelligent dogs who thrive with lots of activity, learning, and time with their human. Learn more about these cute, curly companions.

  • German Shorthaired Pointer

    German shorthaired pointers are agile, athletic dogs who are always up for an outdoor adventure. Learn more about German shorthaired pointer puppies and dogs.

  • Old English Sheepdog

    Old English sheepdogs are intelligent, agile dogs with heavy, fluffy coats who are happiest when they are with their human family. Find out if the Old English sheepdog might be the right pet for your lifestyle.

  • Havanese

    Havanese dogs are smart, extroverted performers who don’t require a lot of room to roam. Learn more about living with Havanese puppies and dogs.

  • Basenji

    Basenjis are an energetic, clever breed with adorably furrowed brows, a strong hunting drive, and an independent personality. Learn more about living with Basenjis.

  • Beagle

    Beagles are gentle, fun-loving hounds who require plenty of exercise and companionship with their owners. Learn more about living with beagles.

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Just like any member of your family, you want your dog to live a long, happy, and healthy life. Selecting a breed that faces fewer health issues and diseases can give you peace of mind while you care for your pooch—and save you trips to the vet.

You can consider how long a certain breed typically lives, but lifespan is just one element of what makes a dog breed healthy. Genetic predispositions to certain ailments as well as a dog’s tendency to stay active throughout their lifetime can also contribute to physical health.

“Purebred dogs in general have more issues because they tend to have less variety in the genetic pool,” says Liz Trepp, DVM at Banfield Pet Hospital in Clive, Iowa. “If you are looking for a truly healthy breed, you might pick the mid-sized hound from the shelter because it is a mix of breeds.”

Missy Matusicky, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, and assistant professor at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, agrees. However, Matusiky notes that reputable breeders screen for many health issues. “A responsible breeder does pre-breeding health checks on both the mother and father prior to breeding them,” she says.

Dog owners should do their research and think about what type of dog would be most compatible with their family and lifestyle. Taking a look at the Breed Club of America for your favorite breed can be a valuable source of information, and always check out the breeder to make sure they’re legit before bringing home your new best friend.

“Know what you’re getting into and why you want that particular dog breed,” Matusicky says. “Certainly some dog breeds have less known health conditions than others. So, it really depends on what an owner is willing to handle.”

Every dog is an individual. Talk to your vet to find simple ways—including proper diet and care—to help ensure your pooch has a long, healthy, and happy life, regardless of breed.

If you are hoping to spend less time in the veterinarian’s office and more time playing fetch in the backyard, read on for 10 generally healthy dog breeds to research.

ACD’s hardiness and coloration is all thanks to their unique dalmatian, collie, and wild Australian dingo lineage.

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Healthiest Longest Living Dog Breed: Australian Cattle Dog

When it comes to longevity, the Australian cattle dog reigns, living on average for 12–16 years. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest living dog ever recorded was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived to the ripe old age of 29. These active dogs—a key trait for general doggie wellbeing—not only stay relatively healthy, they are also medium-sized making them a good fit for many homes. Trepp noted that if you plan to add them to a family with children they must be properly trained and given a lot of exercise.

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Healthiest Small Dog Breed: Chihuahua

The smallest dog breed of all also happens to make the list for healthiest dog breeds. Chihuahuas, usually weighing in at about 6 pounds, not only have plenty of spunk and personality, but can also live for anywhere from 12–18 years. Content to be carried around, snuggle on your lap, or bouncing around the house, they are loveable dogs that remain generally healthy and happy when cared for properly. Do keep in mind that although small dogs are less likely to deal with issues common in big dogs like bloat or hip dysplasia, according to the Chihuahua Club of America Chi owners are encouraged to work with their vets to keep an eye out for cardiac issues, patellar luxation, and eye conditions, especially in old age.

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Healthy Medium-Sized Dog Breed: Australian Shepherd

Healthy Large Dog Breed: Greyhound

Greyhounds are the cheetahs of the dog kingdom. With their phenomenal musculoskeletal condition and athleticism, they can run up to 45 miles per hour, making them the fastest dog breed in the world. These big pups are generally disease-free other than those conditions commonly seen in all large breed dogs, but they can develop congenital heart disease and osteosarcoma.

If you’re looking for a large breed to bring home, remember that bigger dogs with more weight to carry can be prone to certain health conditions because of their size. According to Matusicky, large breed dogs are prone to neurological or musculoskeletal conditions and any medications they need tend to be more expensive due to needing larger dosage.

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Healthiest Dog Breed That Doesn’t Shed: Poodle

If you’re looking to add a dog to your home that will not only live a long, healthy life but also not shed all over your furniture and clothing or irritate your allergies, a poodle makes an excellent choice. Not just poofy and pretty, poodles are active and highly intelligent dogs that love to play games. Typically living to be between 12–15 years—longer than most larger dog breeds—poodles face few health issues.

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Healthiest Hunting Dog: German Shorthaired Pointer

Many hunting dogs, thanks to all their time spent running around outdoors, are healthy breeds when given plenty of exercise. The German shorthaired pointer (or GSP for short) is one of the healthiest. They are a great addition to active families as they are highly trainable and energetic. They also don’t shed much thanks to their short coat, making them an ideal companion both inside and outside.

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Healthy Dog Breed for Cold Weather Climates: Old English Sheepdog

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Healthiest Dog Breed for Warm Weather Climates: Havanese

If a sunny climate is more your speed, consider a Havenese to keep you company. These small, smart pups hail originally from Havana, Cuba, so they can typically adapt to warmer temperatures. However, all dogs need a break from the heat every now and then, so making sure your pooch has plenty of shade, cool air, and easy access to water to stay hydrated are essential for any breed. And when the weather is too cold or too hot to go outside, it’s better to find indoor games to play together.

Living on average for 14–16 years, Havanese dogs are great companions because they are very social as well. Being a small breed dog, liver and kidney disease are often more observed than in larger dogs, but these lively pups are otherwise a healthy, long-lived breed.

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Healthiest Family Dog Breed: Basenji

For a pup that has few health conditions to worry about and will be a great fit for playing with the kids, look no further than the Basenji. With their roots in ancient Egypt, this breed went from being hunters to domestic companions. According to the Basenji Club of America, Basenjis can acquire a disease called Fanconi syndrome, a kidney and urinary tract disorder, but responsible breeders often screen for this condition per the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals’ (OFA) recommended tests.

Another unique thing about this breed: Basenjis don’t bark. They share their feelings by yodeling, an endearing quality to be sure when looking for a family dog.

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Healthiest Hound Dog Breed: Beagle

Sometimes being healthy means being easy to care for. That describes the beagle perfectly. They enjoy long, slow walks—on the beach, in the woods, on a hike, or anywhere they can sniff—and are known for being gentle with their owners. They typically live to be 10–15 years old, and their smaller stature for a hound makes them a good fit for a range of different homes.

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Even Puppies Get the Point

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Dogs’ ability to understand us and respond to our attempts to communicate with them has long been considered a fundamental part of the close relationship we share. More than two decades ago, researchers first provided evidence that dogs can follow human pointing gestures.

Many studies have since shown that when humans point at one of two identical objects to indicate the location of the food, dogs respond by choosing the one pointed more often than we would happen to expect. This may sound like an easy skill, but maybe that’s because it’s so easy for us. The idea that another species can respond to our hint is a big deal.

As with any significant discovery, this topic has been discussed at length. Behavioral questions mainly revolve around whether dogs are learning what this gesture means from spending so much time with us, or whether they can naturally understand that pointing is a way to get their attention to something interesting.

It is difficult to study for practical and ethical reasons. Most adult dogs have a lot of experience with humans. Raising dogs without such contact for the purposes of scientific study would be cruel and totally unacceptable. It would also be pointless because such dogs would be so poorly socialized and so fearful that they would not be able to participate in studies. However, puppies are a different matter.

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In a recent study, researchers used the fact that young puppies have limited experience with humans to examine their ability to respond to human pointing gestures. The 375 participating puppies were between 7.3 and 10.4 weeks old (mean age 8.4 weeks). The puppies were loaned out by Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit group that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities. The 203 females and 172 males came from 117 litters. In terms of breed, there were 98 Labrador Retrievers, 23 Golden Retrievers, and 254 Golden Retriever / Labrador Retriever crosses.


The experimenter hid food in one of two places and either (A) pointed and looked at the bait container, or (B) placed any marker next to the bait container. (C) Puppies exceeded chance expectation with both social cues, but not in an olfactory control state. Source: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.03.17.434752

In the study, the pups had a choice of two containers, one of which held a piece of snack food. While one person was holding the pup, another caught the pup’s attention and either pointed and looked at the food reward container, or showed the pup a marker (a small yellow block) and then placed the marker next to the correct container. Based on the dot gesture, the pups chose correctly more than two-thirds of the time. They correctly picked almost three-quarters of the time the person communicated the location of the food by placing the marker.

In control trials, where puppies were not directed and were likely to choose based on the smell of the food, their decisions had a success rate of 48.9 percent – essentially random and slightly worse than you’d expect based on chance alone. These experiments showed that puppies could not find the food by sniffing it out.

Multiple replications did not appear to improve the puppies’ performance. This suggests that they don’t learn the task while studying. (They had either already learned the task even though they were so young, or they could do it without having to study.) Previous studies in adult dogs – both lap dogs and assistance dogs – found similar success rates for the pointing task, and were even higher Success in the marker task.

Another aspect of this study examined the genetic basis for the variation in dogs’ ability to find food based on human information about their location. They found that 43 percent of the variation was due to heredity, confirming a long-standing belief that genetics play a role in dogs’ social and cognitive abilities. This is an important finding. In order for selection to affect a dog’s ability to respond to human communication, as there are many theories about the domestication of dogs, there must be a genetic basis.

It is important to understand that even a natural ability can be adaptive. Hence, it is not that dogs either have an innate ability or need to learn that ability. The idea that behavior is binary is extremely out of date. In fact, an influential 1967 study in my field of ethology had the brand name “Ontogenesis of an Instinct”. To understand why it was so dangerous, it is important to know that ontogeny means evolution.

The study looked at changes in a pattern of behavior that was believed to be instinctive: a gull chick pecks at one point on the beak of an adult gull to trigger feeding. Such species-specific behavior patterns were viewed as innate rather than learned. In a series of studies, Jack P. Hailman, PhD showed that learning took place and that gull chicks improved their chopping accuracy with practice.

The idea that instinctive behavior can be improved and that learning occurs in relation to such behaviors was revolutionary and has changed the field significantly. But here, more than 50 years later, we are still debating whether behavior is instinctive or learned. It is more complex than that, and we have to accept that learning can play a role even in natural and species-prevalent behavior.

One possibility that must always be considered is that dogs have a tendency to learn the ability to follow human gestures. That is, it can be easy and natural for them to learn. In fact, it can be so simple and natural that it can be difficult to find dogs who have not yet learned how to do it. The current study provides evidence that even young puppies who have not had extensive experience with humans can perform this task and – equally interesting and important – that there is a genetic basis for this behavior. However, dogs have not been shown to have this ability in the absence of experience with humans.

The researchers say it fairly in their work: “Taken together, our results show that the social skills of dogs are very important in early development and that the variation in these traits is strongly influenced by genetic factors.”

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How to Tell if Your Dog is a Genius

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Anyone who has lived with a dog knows their ability to learn the meanings of words, even those you wouldn’t want them to know. How many times did you have to spell the words “going” or “dinner” to avoid an explosion of excitement?

Previous studies have looked at how non-human animals, including chimpanzees, sea lions, and rhesus monkeys, learn words. But now, a paper published in Nature shows that some dogs learn the name of a new object after hearing it just four times, a skill previously believed to be limited to humans.

The researchers found that this skill was not common in all dogs studied, but may be limited to a few “talented” or well-trained individuals. So how do you know if your own dog is a genius or not?

The study was simple and easy to repeat at home. Just follow the researchers’ steps to see if your dog can learn the names of objects that quickly. But don’t worry if your dog doesn’t have this ability. This can only be due to his race or previous experience.

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Whiskey and Vicky Nina

The new study included a collie named Whiskey who knew 59 objects by name and a Yorkshire terrier named Vicky Nina who knew 42 toys.

The researchers tested each dog’s knowledge of their toy by asking them to bring each toy in turn. Neither the owners nor the experimenters could see the toys so as not to influence the choice of dogs.

Once it was determined that the dogs knew the names of all of their toys, the researchers introduced two new objects, each placed one at a time in a group of familiar toys. In this test, Whiskey chose the new toy every time. Vicky Nina got the right one in 52.5% of the attempts, which is a bit more than chance.

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For the next part of the study, the dog was shown a toy, given its name, and then allowed to play with it. After repeating the name of two different new toys four times, the dog was asked to choose one of the two new toys.

No known toys were included in this part of the experiment in order to prevent the dog from choosing the right toy through exclusion. Knowing the name of all the other toys, the dog may choose the right toy, guessing that the unfamiliar word must indicate the unfamiliar toy.

Both dogs opted for the new toy more often than chance would predict, suggesting that they actually learned the name of a new object very quickly. However, her memory deteriorated significantly after 10 minutes and almost completely after an hour. This shows that the new learning needs more reinforcement if it is to be maintained.

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The test with the new toy was also done by 20 volunteers with their own dogs, but these dogs did not show the ability to learn new names after a few hearings.

The authors suggested that the difference between the performance of the two dogs in their test and the volunteer dogs means that the dog may need to be unusually intelligent or have a lot of name learning experience in order to learn new names quickly.

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It is likely that a combination of factors are at work in these experiments. It is significant that the most common breed used in studies of this species is a border collie, specifically bred to perform audible commands and very highly motivated to perform tasks and please the handler. Yorkshire terriers also enjoy mental and physical stimulation.

Similar tests have been carried out by other research groups, usually using border collies. In 2004, a dog named Rico was found to know the names of 200 different objects, and in 2011 Chaser learned 1,022 unique objects.

Other breeds may be less interested in playing with or fetching toys. For example, greyhounds such as salukis and greyhounds are primarily bred for hunting or racing and are therefore generally more difficult to train. They may not show any interest in toys at all and be far less motivated to please the handler.

Smart dogs can learn new names quickly.

Both test dogs in this study received extensive training through play and social interaction to pay attention to the names and characteristics of the toys. This could make them more likely to notice the differences between new and familiar toys and to care about the verbal cues associated with them.

While their training was not formal, it was nonetheless positive reinforcement training, a powerful method of teaching animals and people. The dogs have undoubtedly learned their skills to a great extent.

It is entirely possible to train all dogs to perform tasks, including learning the names of objects. However, the degree to which they are willing and able to learn and perform the task depends heavily on the breed of dog and the motivation of the individual dog.

If your pet is an Afghan or Saint Bernard, don’t expect them to be interested in spending hours getting toys for you. On the other hand, if you have a border collie or poodle, their abilities can only be limited by your imagination and commitment to playing with them.The conversation

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10 Most Challenging Dog Breeds That Are Full Of Love

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All dogs need love, attention, and training – but some dog breeds need a little more than others. Every dog breed has its strengths and weaknesses. That doesn’t make any particular breed less loveable, but these 10 dog breeds may need a lot more patience and obedience training than others.
These breeds tend to be intelligent, independent, and stubborn, making then the least obedient dog breeds. Successfully training one of these breeds should win you an award!

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00:30​ – Afghan Hound
01:19​ – Chow Chow
02:04​ – Basenji
02:45​ – Bulldog
03:24​ – Bloodhound
04:08​ – Pekingese
04:45​ – Dachshund
05:22​ – Welsh Terrier
06:03​ – Beagle
06:37​ – Borzoi
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