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.
An estimated 20 percent of dogs have some type of ear infection – from barely noticeable to severe – but some breeds are affected far more often than others.
Here are the 10 dog breeds with the least genetic predisposition to developing ear infections, what to look for and how to treat the problem.