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20 Healthiest Dog Breeds

A healthy pup means less time at the vet and more time playing fetch, or maybe just snuggling up on the couch. Here are our favorite breeds that will be with you for the long haul.

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Healthy Dog Breeds We Love

Want a furry friend for life? Certain dog breeds are predisposed to living long lives thanks to good genetics, active lifestyles and easygoing personalities. These healthy pups come in all shapes and sizes too, from the pint-sized bichon frisé to the extra-large Akita. Some are working dogs, while others are content to snuggle up on the sofa all day long.

When you’re ready to bring home a friend for the long haul, we’ve got you covered. Here are 20 of our favorite dog breeds that have few health issues and an aptness for living out a long life.

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Border Collie

The border collie is a breed that’s fortunate to encounter few health issues, which may be why these hardy dogs have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Border collies are cute, cuddly, sporty and smart. According to Vetstreet, border collies absolutely love their humans and can be real people-pleasers. They are also good with kids and families since they are quick learners and are easy to train. Border collies love to be active, so get these pups outside as much as you can.

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Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is a calm and quiet breed that needs regular grooming but thankfully won’t cause much of a stir when the doorbell rings. However, this dog breed can yodel. He’s got quite a vocabulary, too. Shiba Inus love a large backyard to keep active and stay fit with their families. It’s no wonder these pups can live up to 15 years. Shibas like to have their minds stimulated too, so keep these pups engaged with toys, puzzles and interactive games, like agility training.

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Chinese Crested

The hairless and hypoallergenic Chinese crested is a playful and loving pup that will be with you for the long haul. According to the American Chinese Crested Club, this healthy breed has an average life expectancy of 15 years. These dogs love to get out for a romp, but make sure to slather them up with a dog-safe sunscreen. His hairless skin can easily burn. As a hairless breed, he can also get chilly, so make sure he’s wearing a sweater on cold-weather walks.

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