A new study gives the life expectancy of each breed of dog and the results are quite shocking


A new study has determined the life expectancy of different breeds of dogs and the difference between them is quite staggering.

The Royal Veterinary College analyzed around 30,500 dogs that died between January 2016 and July 2020 to identify the breeds with the highest and lowest life expectancies.

Overall, they found that the average life expectancy for a dog is 11.2 years, but they found a huge difference between breeds.

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The dogs with the longest life expectancy at 12.7 years are Jack Russell terriers. But French Bulldogs are only 4.5 years old on average. English Bulldogs are 7.4 years old, Pugs are 7.7 years old, and American Bulldogs are 7.8 years old, making them all among the dogs with the lowest life expectancies.

Dr Dan O’Neill, Associate Professor of Companion Animal Epidemiology at RVC and co-author of the paper, said: “These new VetCompass Life tables allow owners to now estimate how long they may benefit from these dogs.

“The short lifespan of flat-faced breeds such as French Bulldogs supports calls for all owners to ‘stop and think before buying a flat-faced dog’.”

But he added that regardless of life expectancy, keeping a dog remains a mental health benefit for millions of people. “Dogs have helped many humans through the loneliness and isolation of the Covid pandemic,” he said.

The breeds

raise Years
Jack Russell 12.72
Yorkshire terrier 12.54
border collie 12.1

springer spaniel






Staffordshire Bull Terrier

11:33 am


Shih Tzu 11.05

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

10:45 a.m.

German shepherd

Boxer 10.04
Beagle 9.85
Hoarse 9.53
Chihuahua 7.91
american bulldog 7.79
Pug 7.65
english bulldog 7.39
french bulldog 4.53

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