Dog breeds

Longest and Shortest Living Dog Breeds Revealed

Jack Russell terriers are the longest-lived dogs, according to research.

They top the life expectancy rankings of our four-legged friends with a typical lifespan of 12.7 years.

Yorkshire terriers ranked second, living an average of 12.5 years, followed by border collies at 12.1 years and springer spaniels at 11.9.

French bulldogs were bottom of the chart at 4.5, with the other fashionable flat-faced breeds also faring poorly.

Dr Justine Shotton, president of the British Veterinary Association, said the results were concerning.

She added: “This serves as a reminder to future dog owners to choose a breed based on their health and not their looks.”

Researchers compared the age at death of 30,563 dogs from 18 breeds in the UK between 2016 and 2020.

Overall, they live for about 11 years, according to the Royal Veterinary College study.

Labradors are the most popular breed and typically live around 11.8 years.

Meanwhile, a study using data from 200,000 owners showed that dogs’ behavior was not due to their breed.

Breed only accounts for about nine percent of a dog’s personality.

Gender, age and education matter more, say the University of Massachusetts researchers.

This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

French bulldogs were bottom of the chart at 4.5, with the other fashionable flat-faced breeds also faring poorly.
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