Owning a dog is a bittersweet experience. Of course, they hold a special place in our lives as cherished family members, providing lifelong love and friendship.
But dogs have shorter lifespans, meaning we often have to face difficult farewells much earlier than we’d like.
Well, recent research is now providing dog owners, breeders, and veterinarians with detailed lifespan predictions for over 150 dog breeds.
This valuable information can help assist all dog lovers in preparing more effectively for their furry friends’ future.
Past estimations had pegged the average lifespan of dogs at 10 to 13 years. However, there have always been noticeable differences observed informally between breeds.
So, a team of British researchers delved into an extensive pool of data, including breed registries, medical records, and pet insurance information from over 584,000 dogs in the UK.
Their findings quantified this variation, revealing that dogs’ lifespans can range significantly– with some living just over five years, while others reach a remarkable 15 years.
Some common beliefs about breed differences still hold true. For instance, larger breeds like Mastiffs and St. Bernards tend to have shorter lifespans, whereas smaller breeds such as terriers often enjoy longer lives.
Understanding these facts helps set realistic expectations when choosing a dog and sheds light on the specific health challenges faced by certain breeds.