Love large-breed dogs, but so many of them seem almost plagued with major size-related health issues (bloat, cardiomypathies, etc.) and short lifespans (6-10 years).
Are there some larger breeds that have, through careful breeding or accident, show a better track record when it comes to such issues? Thanks in advance!
I love standard poodles, but they are prone to juvenile cataracts and hip dysplasia.
All breeds have some problems, you just have to make sure the breeder does genetic testing on all their stock and breeds only to studs that are also tested.
Even cross bred dogs carry the genes from thier ancestors, (pureberd dogs !) and can be prone to problems from all the breeds in their background.