A lot of us decided to welcome new puppies into our homes last year – according to Kennel Club the number of dog owners has climbed nearly eight percent – and demand for four-legged friends after the lockdown remains high.
There is a huge selection of 221 different purebred dog breeds to choose from, as well as plenty of crossbreeds, so there is a lot of thought to be done before selecting the latest addition to your family.
There’s even academic advice to seek out, with psychologist Stanley Coren’s book âThe Intelligence of Dogsâ categorizing breeds by instinct, obedience, and adaptability.
Another thing to take into consideration is that certain breeds are prone to particular health issues.
A common canine disorder is hip dysplasia – when the dog’s kneecap and hip joint don’t adjust or grow properly, causing it to rub and grind instead of sliding smoothly.
The disease causes the hip to deteriorate over time, causing pain and dramatically reducing a dog’s quality of life.
Here are the 10 dog breeds that are least genetically predisposed to suffer from hip dysplasia, according to the American Kennel Club, along with more information on the condition.