A large number of us decided last year to welcome new puppies into our homes – dog ownership has increased nearly eight percent, according to the Kennel Club figures – and demand for four-legged friends remains high after the lockdown.
There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dogs as well as numerous crossbreeds to choose from.
There are even scientific guides in which the psychologist Stanley Coren in his book “The Intelligence of Dogs” classifies the breeds according to instinct, obedience and adaptability.
Another thing to consider is that some breeds are prone to particular health problems.
A common canine condition is hip dysplasia – when the dog’s hip ball joint does not fit properly or does not develop properly, causing it to rub and drag instead of sliding smoothly.
The condition causes the hip to deteriorate over time, causing pain and drastically reducing a dog’s quality of life.
Here are the 10 dog breeds with the lowest genetic predisposition to hip dysplasia, according to the American Kennel Club, along with more information about the condition.