With a lightweight, muscular body and beautiful golden rust-colored coat, the Vizsla is another medium sized breed that can live up to 14 years. Energetic, sensitive and gentle, Vizslas love human companionship and are known for their speed and agility in the field. The breed may be prone to hypothyroidism, canine hip dysplasia and epilepsy.
Looking to help your dog live a long, happy life? Werber recommends ensuring your dog’s emotional and physical health by giving them plenty of exercise outside the home and stimulation and attention inside the home. As genetics play a part in the lifespan of your breed, its important to research the history of your dog and learn about any conditions, cancers or problems they may be predisposed to. Learning about the history of your dog’s parents can help, too.
“Good breeders will happily share the history of your dog’s parents with you,” Werber said. “Check the eyes, hips, elbows and hearts of the parents and work towards providing ideal care to prevent the onset of certain diseases. Learn as much as you can about your breed and figure out what can be age-enhancing and extending.”
If you're looking for one of the breeds on this list, make sure to check in with local shelters and rescue groups. Many of these breeds (and mixes of these breeds) need loving homes to live out their long lives. It's important to keep in mind that any dog—including mixed breeds and shelter dogs—can live a long, healthy life if they're given the proper care and attention.
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