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10 healthy dog breeds that may save you some dollars on vet care

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If you're looking for a dog that won't rack up giant vet bills, these healthy breeds are your best bet

It's a no-brainer that when you're looking for a dog, you want one that's going to be healthy. You're looking for a longtime companion, after all, so it makes sense that you want to find a pup that's going to be around for a long time.

While there's no way to ensure that your new pup will live a long, healthy life, you can hedge your bets by picking a breed with a proven record as far as health goes. Choose one of the breeds proven to have lower instances of genetic diseases and other health-related conditions to have the best chances of spending as little time with your vet as possible.

1. Border collie

If you're looking for a dog that won't rack up giant vet bills, these healthy breeds are your best bet
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Border collies are energetic, smart and highly trainable dogs, and they have been referred to as one of the healthiest dog breeds around, with an expected life span of up to 14 years.

The most common health issue associated with border collies is hip dysplasia, a genetic condition that is thought to affect around 12 percent of border collies. Working with reputable breeders can help you avoid this issue with your dog.

Next up: Australian shepherd

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