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What is the healthiest small breed dog?

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  1. Sally T says:

    If you want a healthy pedigree dog, you need to select the breeder very carefully, since there are so many purely commercially oriented breeders out there, and there are also very many well-meaning but ignorant breeders.
    See the links below for help in doing this.

    Poodles are famously long-lived and intelligent, although they do require a bit of grooming.

    A couple of examples of dogs you probably should NOT be looking for:

    I love dachshunds, but their stature makes them anything but healthy in the proper sense (prone to back problems); and they are among the more independent-minded dogs, so not particularly easy to raise in comparison with many other breeds.

    Terriers are many and varied, but also not particularly known for being "easy".

    I’d avoid any short-nosed breeds (such as pugs and pug mixes) and any very short-haired and/or very tiny dogs. The short-nosed breeds are pre-programmed for breathing problems, particularly in summer, and small short-haired and extreme "mini’" dogs typically have problems keeping warm enough in winter (the smaller the dog, the greater its surface area in relation to the rest of its body, hence the greater the heat loss through the skin).

    Your best bet in my opinion: either to adopt a mixed-breed pup from a shelter, or to spend a lot of money on a pedigree dog that has been truly well bred. This involves a lot of research, since good breeders are fairly thin on the ground. One fairly reliable sign of a bad breeder is that they produce several different breeds of dog; good breeders are usually in it for the love of a particular breed.

    Whatever you do, don’t go what may seem to be the middle way and buy a "designer breed", a mass-produced pedigree dog, or a purebreed dog bred just because the owners thought it was a nice idea for their pet; this way is the one most likely to land you with an unhealthy and/or maladjusted pet.

    EDIT @ I caN:
    I agree that there’s no point in getting a mixed-breed dog in the belief it’s going to be healthier if all that "mixed-breed" means is a mix of two poorly bred purebreeds. This is actually what I had in mind with "designer breeds".

    Where I live, though, there are plenty of mongrels that obviously have quite a bit of variety in their ancestry. I think it’s reasonable to assume that these dogs are likely to be more robust than most pedigree dogs.

  2. Emily says:

    A mixed breed small dog from your local shelter. Mixed breeds don’t have genetic health problems, and plus, you’d be saving a life.

  3. Angie says:

    I would get a Dachshund, I guess they’re pretty healthy just watch their backs, but their sweet and playful and not skittish unlike a lot of other small breed dogs.

  4. aussie mom says:

    if you want health,, a reputably bred dog from a reputable breeder who has done genetic test and health clearances for generations is your best best………

    as for adopting,,, health is risky,,,, most purebred adoptable dogs are from puppymills and BYB’s who do NOT stand behind their dogs health and or temperament

  5. ♥Gottaluvme♥ says:

    Cockapoos are a really good little dog. They are usually 8-13 pounds and are really people friendly. They are easy to train because they have poodle in them and they also dont shed because of the poodle. I have a cockapoo. And i had one before this one. They are really friendly and energetic. One thing though is it is hard to find the perfect one. Alot of them look more like a poodle but some look like the cocker spaniel. I prefer the ones that look more like a cocker spaniel. good luck! :)

  6. Jacob B says:

    a puppy from a breeder that does health checks and OFA and CERF

  7. Flights says:

    ooohh i have toy yorkie. she is amazing, small and easy to take care of!! she is really smart too!she will be a year in july and weighs 6 pounds. she will stay at that weight..well unless i over feed her but i wouldnt do that to her. good luck with your search! they are expensive to purchase though but she was soooo worth the money. i got her from the breeder on this link.

    http://masteroftails.com/

  8. Dog Lover says:

    YORKIE

  9. ♥Friends with Everyone♥ says:

    Get one that fits YOUR lifestyle.
    Try the breed selector quiz and see what breed(s) show up that are right for you.
    http://animal.discovery.com/breedselector/dogselector.do

  10. I CaN hAz ChEeZeBuRgEr? says:

    Don’t listen to the one that says mixed breeds don’t have genetic problems, they actually have the problems from BOTH the breeds. I would get either a schnauzer or sheltie. schnauzers don’t shed and both have little health problems. And are very sweet.

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