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Longest and Shortest Lived Dog Breeds Revealed in New Study

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  • The dog breeds with the longest and shortest lifespans are revealed in a new study – is yours on the list? As pet owners advised against buying dogs with a “short muzzle”.

    Dog owners might be shocked to learn which of their beloved pooches are at risk of a shorter life even when well cared for in a loving home and it could be down to the size and shape of their noses.

    The Royal Veterinary College study found that four flat-faced breeds had the shortest life expectancies. French Bulldogs live an average of just 4.53 years, followed by English Bulldogs at 7.4 and American Bulldogs at 7.8.

    The study comes after pugs and French bulldogs could be banned in the UK and in 2020 a show by puppy creators Will My Puppy Make Me Rich was criticized for being ‘unethical’ and ‘irresponsible’ “.

    In order to determine the life expectancy for analysis, a random sample of 30,563 dogs who died between January 1, 2016 and July 321, 2020 was taken and covered 18 different dog breeds and crosses. The overall average life expectancy of pets dogs was 11.2 years.

    And experts have called on those looking for a pet to stop and think before buying one with such a short muzzle, as these lower life expectancy rates are associated with the increased risk of respiratory problems and of spinal diseases they face.

    Dr Dan O’Neil, associate professor of companion animal epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College and co-author of the paper, said: ‘Dogs have helped so many humans get through loneliness and isolation in the COVID pandemic. These new VetCompass Life tables allow owners to now estimate how long they can benefit from these dogs.

    Dr Justine Shotton, president of the British Veterinary Association, added that the low life expectancy of flat-faced breeds may encourage people to consider ‘health rather than appearance’.

    Life expectancy for British dog breeds:

    • Jack Russell Terrier – 12.7 years old
    • Yorkshire Terrier – 12.5 years old
    • Border Collie – 12.1 years old
    • Springer Spaniel – 11.9 years old
    • Crusader – 11.8 years
    • Labrador retriever – 11.77 years old
    • Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 11.33 years old
    • Cocker Spaniel – 11.31 years old
    • Shih Tzu – 11.05 years old
    • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – 10.45 years old
    • German Shepherd Dog – 10.16 years old
    • Boxer – 10.04 years old
    • Beagle – 9.85 years old
    • Husky – 9.53 years old
    • Chihuahua – 7.91 years old
    • American Bulldog – 7.79 years old
    • Pug – 7.65 years old
    • English Bulldog – 7.39 years old
    • French Bulldog – 4.53 years old