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11 Healthiest Small Breed Dogs

Updated on May 11, 2017

Dogs are naturally healthy and happy pet, but they need care, regular check-up and your time. Because they may have some health concern, you can categorize them in two different criteria, based on their breeds. The one who have higher health concern and need more attention and others that have fewer health concerns and need average or less grooming.

To keep your pet healthy, you need to know their grooming necessities, initial vet requirement and breed specific health information. If you have inadequate time to spend with them or vet availability, then you are recommended to select the breed that needs average or less grooming. If you are interested in a small and naturally healthy dog, you can refer these small or toy dogs, who are naturally healthy and need less or normal grooming.

1: Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu | Source

The Shiba Inu is a small, sturdy and healthy and one among the rare left over dog ancient dog off for its own category. The Shiba is originated from Japan, Initially this dog was bred for hunting and to flush birds and small game, and hunt for rabbit, dear. But now they are a good companion dog.

Usually Shiba is very healthy, sturdy and robust dog that rarely need vet care and need average grooming. Shiba has a compact frame with well-developed muscles and athletic build. This moderately aggressive and aloof, but naturally healthy.

Its a dominant dog and not recommended for them who don't have sufficient time or knowledge about grooming.

2: Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog
Icelandic Sheepdog | Source

As their name suggests, Icelandic Sheepdogs are originated from Iceland. They are recognized as an ancestor for modern Shetland sheepdog and Welsh corgis.the Icelandic Sheepdog is from terrier family, i

nitially this dog was bred to protect livestock and to guard the house.

This is an intelligent, athletic and alert dog, which is naturally healthy and need average grooming and low maintenance.Still, they are used for to protect flocks, especially lambs, from birds of prey.

3: Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie
Australian Kelpie
Australian Kelpie
Australian Kelpie

The Australian Kelpies are originate from Australia, hey are very sturdy, intelligent and healthy dogs.

An Australian sheep dog was used for herding sheep and bringing them back to the yard.
Caps are small or medium sized, very active and healthy dogs. Which are identified one among healthiest dog of small or medium sized dog.

4: Eurasier

Eurasier | Source

The Eurasier or Eurasian dog is a spitz type dog that was originated in Germany. They are Tempered, Aloof, Alert, Calm and Intelligent dogs.

They are very loyal to its family, though they are aloof but not timid or aggressive. They are very healthy and happy dog, but they do not make good guard dogs, but they make good watchdogs.They have a tendency of barking at things that are unfamiliar to them, they don't bark without a good reason.


5: Finnish Lapphund


The Finnish Lapphund is a medium-sized, strongly-built dog from Finland. Which was used for herding reindeer. It’s a friendly and gentle dog which is very devoted to his master, also retains a strong herding instinct and naturally healthy dogs.

Traditionally it has been used for herding reindeer. Although it is one of the most popular dog breeds.

6: Miniature pinscher or Zwergpinscher

Miniature pinscher
Miniature pinscher | Source

This dog is a very healthy and athletic dog of small breed of dog originating from Germany. The Miniature Pinscher is a small, compressed, and square shaped dog.

The Miniature Pinscher is a robust and loyal companion who is his master and an Intelligent, alert, lively and brave dog.

7: Finnish Spitz

Finnish Spitz
Finnish Spitz | Source

The Finnish spits are medium-sized, strongly-built dog from Finland. They were bred to hunt all types of game from squirrels and other rodents. Some individuals have even been known to go after a bear. Finish spits are friendly, gentle, intelligent and sturdy and healthy dogs.

Though they are mostly used as a hunting dog, but are calm and friendly and in general loves children, so it is suitable for domestic life. The Finnish Spitz has been the national dog of Finland since 1979.

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8: chow chow

chow chow
chow chow | Source

Chow Chow is very close relative to Himalayan Mountain dogs. Know more about other Himalayan Mountain Dogs,

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The Chow Chow or Chow, is a small dog breed mainly originally from northern China, it is also known as the "Fluffy Lion-dog" or Tang Quan, that means "Dog of the Tang Empire".

Many people believe, the Chow Chow is that dog that was used as the model for the Foo dog, which is the traditional stone guardians perceived of Buddhist temples and palaces.

Chow Chow is the most common and respected pet in China, this is an aggressive, courageous and healthy and sturdy dog that is highly protective of their owners and property.

9: Brittany Spaniel


Even they are widely recognized as Brittany Spaniels, but the American Kennel Club dropped the word "spaniel" from this pointing breed's name in 1982.

According to AKC, this hunter and athletic kind of dog was more suitable for to category in Pointers or retrievers.

Brittany is a very healthy, lively and great family companion that works more closely with the hunters than other pointing breeds.

Hunting Brittany Spaniel
Hunting Brittany Spaniel

The Brittany is a breed of gun that was bred for bird hunting. Though it is often referred to as a Spaniel, but looks closer to a pointer or setter.

10: Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell terrier
The Jack Russell terrier | Source

The Jack Russell Terrier is a small, usually white or Tri color mixed dog, originated from Germany. This dog was bred to hunt foxes and a great fox-hunter. This breed has short, smooth, rough or broken-coated and sturdy front paw that helps them to run and chase and turn quickly.

They are very affectionate to their owner who like to please their master, though they are a small dog, but they are more suitable to farm or yard. Jacks are very healthy, sturdy and athletic dogs.

Jack Russel Terrier
Jack Russel Terrier | Source

11. Tibetan spaniel or Damchi Dog

Tibetan spaniel or Damchi Dog
Tibetan spaniel or Damchi Dog

The Tibetan spaniel is an ancient dog breed of self-assured, small, intelligent dog that was originated over 2,500 years ago in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet.

The Tibetan spaniel is a small dog of lap dog category, with a rounded head that is small, in comparison to the body.The Tibetan Spaniels are also called "Simkhyi", which means house dog, room dog or even bedroom dog. They are the dog of the highest order and are being kept as Lama dogs or with aristocrats.

This dog is healthy, active, loyal and extremely intelligent and known as most cat-like dog breeds. Also, this is very affectionate to its owner and family, it’s a very social breed that needs regular contact with their humans.

Damchi Tibetan mastiff
Damchi Tibetan mastiff

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