Choosing a Hardy Breed
No breed is immune to health problems and every breed is prone to developing some medical condition during its lifetime. While it's true that some breeds have more than their share of health issues, even mixed-breed dogs will need to see the veterinarian for medical issues.
If you have a certain breed in mind, find out as much as you can about the breed's predisposition to certain health problems. Research the breed's health issues by talking with breeders, asking your veterinarian, and reading.
One way to learn about a breed's health issues is to go to the American Kennel Club website (
If you know what diseases your breed may be prone to develop, you can be on the lookout for early warning signs and obtain treatment right away. You'll also know what to do to prevent them. Some health issues are preventable with the right diet and care, while others may require extensive and expensive treatment and ongoing care. It helps to know ahead of time what medical issues may lie ahead.