Dogs are one of the most popular pets around the world besides the cat. Having a dog as a pet means you have added a member to your family. It is because dogs are considered not only a mere animal but also as a friend. They can help us in performing daily tasks or just to play and laze around. If you do not want to have a big dog, there are plenty of options and choices about healthiest small dogs breeds which your family can bring them home. (Read more about: “Housetraining Your Puppies“)
What and Why Dogs Breeds?
The fun fact of dog’s breeds is that people have been breeding dogs since prehistoric times. The purpose of this breeding is to help people to perform various tasks such as hunting, guarding and herding. Humans bred dogs towards the physical and mental traits which best suited for performing the task they are needed. Each dog has its own genetic health problems. Therefore, every dog which is breed carry their parents’ genetic health problem. However, it does not mean that breed dogs are bad and will always develop the health issue. They are just at an increased risk. If breeding practices are good enough, the genetic health issues are not increased. If you want to adopt a puppy, it is best and recommended for you to find out which genetic illness is common to the breed you want to bring home. You can ask the breeder for such a question if it is not listed on the breed certificate. (see: “Dog Breeds that Tolerate Being Alone“)
Several Healthiest Small Dogs Breeds
For recommendation, below are listed some healthiest small dogs breeds which you can choose.
- Basenji. If you ever ask about what is the only breed of dog that is unable to bark, maybe one of the answers is Basenji. Basenji is a sighthound which means it uses its eyesight to track and hunt prey. However, it cannot bark like the usual dogs because of the shape of its larynx. They still can growl or yodel.
- Beagle. Beagles are smart and funny dogs which best suited for family pets. Beagles are generally healthy dogs and collaborate with people as active hunting dogs or family companions. They are true hunting dogs because they are genuinely hound and use their keen sense of smell to track and hunt prey.
- Shiba Inu. To tell you the truth, the Shiba Inu is one of the most ancient dog breeds. They are originally known from Japan. Though the Shiba Inu are small, they are agile and can cope well with mountainous terrain. It is because they were originally bred for hunting. The common issue which the Shiba Inu may deal with is allergies. Otherwise, these dogs are considered healthy.
If you never adopt a puppy before, it is suggested to you to find information about taking care and training your dogs. For example, you can search for how to train your dog to come when called every time. Though it is a simple thing, it is still interesting and fun enough if your dog comes every time you call it.