The only fault with dogs is that their life is too short. If you are looking for your dog’s breed on the American Kennel Club website or speak with your veterinarian, you can estimate how long your pup might live. However, each dog’s life expectancy is different. Breed and genetics play a huge role, but their lifestyle and habits can make a big difference if your dog lives 10, 15, or even longer.
That said, a recent study on the life expectancy of dogs previously the challenges were in the average lifespan standards. The UK’s Royal Veterinary College collected data on over 30,000 pet dogs who died between January 1, 2016 and July 31, 2020. The data was broken down by sex, Kennel Club breed group and common dog breeds .
TikTok personality and veterinarian @Ben. The veterinarian highlighted the study on social media and dog owners were totally shocked. In his three-part series, Ben names some of the most popular breeds and what the study estimates their lifespans might actually be.
The first part shows the life expectancies of the following dog breeds:
- Jack Russell terrier: 12.7 years old.
- Pug: 7.7 years
- Cocker Spaniel: 11.3 years old
- American Bulldog: 7.8 years
- French Bulldog: 4.5 years
- Springer Spaniel: 11.9 years old
- Border collie: 12.1 years old
- english bulldog: 7.4 years
Of course dog owners were eager to hear about more breeds – so Ben followed up with a second video.
There it covers the following breeds:
- Labrador retriever: 11.77 years old
- Chihuahua: 7.91 years old
- Hoarse: 9.53 years
- Crusader: 12.54 years
- Yorkshire terrier: 12.54 years old
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: 10.45 years
Most people think that small dog breeds live much longer than large dogs. However, this study shows many large dog breeds outlast their tiny counterparts, at least on average. Overall, the difference in lifespan between the two is minimal.
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Part 3 of Ben’s series highlights the following dog breeds:
- Beagle: 9.85 years
- Boxer: 10.04 years old
- German shepherd: 10.2 years
- Shih Tzu: 11.05 years
- Staffordshire bull terrier: 11.33 years old
Of course, this new study only shows the average lifespan of these pets. Dogs can live shorter or longer lives depending on their genetics, lifestyle, and overall health. Many flat-faced breeds suffer from health issues, so it makes sense that French Bulldogs live shorter lives on average. To ensure your dog lives his best (and longest!) life, always give him proper veterinary care, high-quality food, and plenty of exercise. Lots of love always helps too!
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