Every dog breed’s life expectancy found by new study


Dogs’ exact life expectancies have been worked out in a new study – and the difference between breeds is staggering. The Royal Veterinary College has analysed about 30,500 dogs that died between January 2016 and July 2020 to identify the breeds with the greatest and lowest life expectancies.

Analysts found the overall average life expectancy is 11.2 years. The dogs found to have the longest life expectancy at 12.7 years are Jack Russell terriers. But French bulldogs have an average of just 4.5 years. English bulldogs have 7.4 years, pugs 7.7 years and American bulldogs have 7.8 years, making all of them among the canines with the lowest life expectancy.

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

“The short life expectancies for flat-faced breeds such as French bulldogs supports the 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 remained a mental health benefit to millions of people. “Dogs have helped many humans to get through the loneliness and isolation of the Covid pandemic,” he said.

The breeds

Jack Russell12.72
Yorkshire Terrier12.54
Border Collie12.1
Springer spaniel11.92
Staffordshire bull terrier11.33
Cocker spaniel11.31
Cavalier King Charles spaniel10.45
German shepherd10.16
American bulldog7.79
English bulldog7.39
French bulldog4.53


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