Top 20 Healthiest Dog Breeds


Dogs are as much a part of the family as anyone else; you want to make sure your dog is at his or her healthiest. Unfortunately, for every dog owner, they don’t live as long as we’d like. Here’s a list of the 20 healthiest dog breeds, so you and your pup can enjoy as much time with one another as possible.

20 Healthiest Dog Breeds

The breeds listed below are known to have fewer health issues than other breeds. These dogs have the longest life spans than other breeds if taken care of and fed an appropriate diet. To keep your dog their healthiest, feed them AvoDerm Natural® Dog Food to make sure they’re getting their proper nutrition.

  1. Chihuahua
    Made famous from the Taco Bell ads, this breed is very high-energy and a great lap dog. However, they aren’t great around children because they can become quite defensive. This breed has an average lifespan of 18 years, some even living for as long as 20 years.
  2. Shiba Inu
    This fluffy breed can become aggressive if not trained well while they are young. For shiba inus, it’s important to socialize your dog as a puppy so they don’t become aggressive towards other pets.¹ They become very territorial so they need a patient and confident owner. These dogs can live to about 16 years old.
  3. Australian Shepherd
    Australian Shepherds are great family dogs because they are so easy to train. This breed is intelligent, energetic, playful, and friendly so they are perfect for children and other pets. They can live to be about 15 years old.
  4. Beagle
    This breed is very friendly and great with children. However, they are known to bark and howl a lot. They can live to about 15 years of age.
  5. Border Collie
    Border Collies are empathetic and patient, making them perfect for first-time dog owners.¹ This dog breed is very healthy, living to about 15 years old, and can adjust to both cold and warm climates.
  6. German Pinscher
    These dogs can make great watchdogs because they’re known to be very aggressive and territorial.¹ They don’t do well with children or strangers, but typically live around 14 years.
  7. German Shorthaired Pointer
    This active breed rarely sheds and is easy to train. Because of their activity level, this breed is especially healthy and can live to be 14 years old.
  8. Belgian Malinois
    These dogs live to please. They are very intelligent and can learn a wide variety of tricks. This incredibly active breed can live up to 14 years but because of their high energy, they don’t do well with children or other pets.
  9. Poodles
    This friendly breed might not make the best guard dogs. But they will do well with strangers, children, and other pets. They rarely shed and if you live an active lifestyle, this dog will keep up with you for about 14 years.
  10. Alaskan Malamute
    These large dogs are friendly and playful. They prefer cold temperatures because of their thick coat. They do great with children but not so well with other dogs. They can live to be 13 years old.
  11. Australian Cattle Dog
    The Australian Cattle Dog is a great family breed, known for its intelligence and high-energy level. They can live to about 13 years old.
  12. Canaan Dog
    Canaan Dogs are very affectionate to their owners, but they aren’t so friendly towards strangers. They are incredibly territorial, making them great guard dogs. They can live up to 13 years of age.
  13. Labrador Retriever
    This healthy dog breed is famously friendly, able to get along with children and other pets up until their old age of 13 years.
  14. Shetland Sheepdog
    This long-haired breed sheds easily, rarely barks, and prefers to stay home rather than running away. This highly intelligent breed can live to about 13 years old.
  15. Whippet
    This is another dog breed that rarely barks. They are friendly, social, and would rather spend all their time with the family. They are easy to train and need a lot of exercise. These dogs can live up to 13 years old.
  16. Havanese
    Havanese dogs are of a hypoallergenic dog breed that makes great lap dogs. They are very affectionate and can live up to 13 years old.
  17. Siberian Husky
    This mischievous breed is especially affectionate, friendly, and outgoing. They will need an experienced trainer because of their independent nature. They live to be about 13 years old.
  18. Pharaoh Hound
    Pharaoh Hounds have been around for a long time, first being domesticated by Egyptians.¹ These dogs can adapt to both warm and cold climates. They are quite intelligent and independent which can make them a bit harder to train. Overall, this breed is very healthy and could live to be 13 years old.
  19. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
    Corgis are especially entertaining dogs that are very obedient. They can live comfortably in any climate and can live up to 13 years.
  20. Bichon Frise
    Bichon Frises don’t bark, nor do they wander. This stuffed animal-like dog breed is overwhelmingly adorable. This healthy dog breed likes to stay close to their humanity but doesn’t do well with children. They can live up to 13 years old.

Though all of these pets can be considered healthy breeds, a dog’s health can vastly benefit from a high-quality diet. Feed your dog AvoDerm Natural® dog food to not only support a healthy diet, but to maintain a healthy coat too.


  1. ¹ “Healthiest Dog Breeds: 30 Dogs With The Least Health Problems.” CertaPet, 16 May 2018.

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