Small Dogs Who Are The Healthiest

Due to poor breeding practices, some breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, such as hip dysplasia. This doesn’t mean that every dog of that breed will develop issues; it just means that they’re at an increased risk. If you’re adopting or getting a new puppy, it’s a good idea to find out which genetic illnesses are common to the breed you’re interested in, so you can ask the breeder about the physical health of your potential pup’s parents and other relatives.

1. Affenpinscher


Affenpinschers are generally a pretty healthy small dog. Be sure to check for breed specific rescues in your area or reputable breeders. More about Affenpinschers.

2. Australian Terrier


The Australian Terrier is the first native breed to be recognized and shown in Australia. Read more about  Australian Terriers.

3. Bolognese


Originated in Bologna, Italy. Also known as the anti-depressant dog. Read more about this happy little healthy breed! Bolognese

4. Border Terrier


With a typical life span of 12-15 years, the Border Terrier is a healthy little dog worth looking into!

5. Boston Terrier


Over a 100 years old, this small healthy dog breed is highly intelligent. Check your area for breed specific dogs and pups! Learn more about Boston Terriers. 

6. Cairn Terrier


Developed on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. This small breed is a working dog! See more about the Cairn Terrier.

7. Coton de Tulear


The Coton de Tulear is a people pleaser and loyal to a fault. Find out more about the Coton de Tulear.

8. Fox Terrier


Fox Terriers are a hardy breed in general, with no major health concerns. Learn more about Fox Terriers.

9. Lakeland Terrier


Lakeland Terriers are a hardy breed and don’t suffer from any known hereditary health problems. Learn more about Lakeland Terriers. 

10. Manchester Terrier


Bred in Manchester, England the Manchester Terrier is a high spirited, very intelligent, and cunning dog who is eager to learn. Find out more about health and care of the Manchester Terrier.

11. Norfolk Terrier


This is a small hearty, easy care dog. Well suited for small apartments living, or chasing rats on a farm. Learn more about the Norfolk Terrier. 

12. Norwich Terrier


The Norwich Terrier is a small, generally healthy breed. Be sure to look for reputable breeders and or breed specific rescues in your area. Find out more about the Norwich Terrier.

13. Schnoodle (Toy & Miniature)


The appeal of this hybrid is that they generally have the Poodle’s willingness to please mixed with the sturdiness and activity of the Schnauzer. Playful and lovable, this dog lives to have fun and is always the center of attention. Learn more about the Schnoodle!

14. Scottish Terrier


Scottish Terriers are overall a healthy breed. Learn more about Scottish Terriers. Don’t forget to check your area for Scottish Terrier rescues for dogs and puppies.

15. Shiba Inu


Known for his spirited personality, small upright ears, and cat-like agility. Today he serves primarily as a companion dog in Japan and the United States.

Learn more about the Shiba Inu.

16. Welsh Terrier


The Welsh Terrier is a cheerful, intelligent dog who loves to have fun and is always affectionate. He’s energetic and has a playful nature. Loyal and devoted to his family, he can nevertheless be quite the social butterfly. Learn more about Welsh Terriers.

There are so many wonderful healthy dogs that did not make the list. When considering adoption, please check around for shelters and breed specific rescues. So many healthy pups awaiting to find forever homes.