It’s A Dogs Life

mutts playingLife expectancy of dogs has increased by more than 20% over the last 10 years.

This increase is likely due to improved quality of food, adapted lifestyles and, most importantly, veterinary care, which continues to grow.

For the majority how many dogs does the average family have?  Life expectancy varies in the same sense as size: elephants live much longer than mice. On the dog’s side, it is opposite.  A chihuahua can thus live up to 15 years whereas a Danish will have difficulty to exceed the 7 years.

The German Mastiff is one of the dogs with the shortest life expectancy (8 years).

Everything would be played in the early childhood of the dog. Puppies destined to become imposing dogs, indeed, would exhibit a particular metabolism. To grow and quickly reach their adult size, these puppies burn a lot of energy.

They produce a lot of free radicals whose effects could prove to be deleterious. The life expectancy of large dogs could, therefore, be increased by the antioxidants administered to them during their childhood.

Dogs that live the longest:

mutts playingAbove the average of 11 years, we thus find mainly dogs of small size.

Among the dogs that live the longest:

Corgi, the queen of England’s pet.

lhasa Apso, a small dog from Tibet, equally robust.

Portuguese cattle dog.

Australian cattle dog, a medium-sized dog.

Shih Tzu, a dog breed from Tibet.

Dwarf Spitz, or Loulou of Pomerania, a miniature dog from Germany.

Dachshund, a rustic and robust dog.

Chihuahua, the smallest dog in the world, which despite its apparent fragility has a life expectancy of about twenty years.

Yorkshire terrier, who can hope to live to 20 years.

Poodle, which can live up to 19 years.

Dogs that live the least long:

On the other side of the scale,

Bullmastiff (11 years old).

Leonberg (11 years old).

The Saint-Bernard is one of the dog breeds that live the least long (8 to 10 years).

German Mastiff (8 years old) are some of the breeds of dogs that live the least long.

Note: that the English bulldog and the shar-pei are an exception with a life expectancy of only 6 years.

And, on the big side, the golden retriever still has a life expectancy of about 12 years.