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9 Dog Breeds That Live The Longest Named In New Study

Jack Russell Terriers are the longest-living dogs, a new study of more than 30,000 dogs from 18 breeds has found.

9 Dog Breeds That Live The Longest Named In New Study

Research conducted by the Royal Veterinary College found that the average life expectancy for dogs in the UK varies massively between breeds. While the average life expectancy for dogs is 11.2 years, some breeds like Jack Russell Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, and border collie tend to live longer.

The findings discovered that Jack Russell Terriers have an average life expectancy of 12.7 years, while French Bulldogs trail with the shortest life expectancy of just 4.5 years.

“The dog life tables offer new insights and ways of looking at the life expectancy in pet dogs,” Dr Kendy Tzu-yun Teng, who led the study, tells MailOnline. “They are also strong evidence of compromised health and welfare in short, flat-faced breeds, such as French Bulldog and Bulldog.”

Elsewhere in the study, the team also found that female dogs tend to live an average of four months longer than male dogs, while neutered dogs also have longer life expectancy.

Dr Justine Shotton, President of the British Veterinary Association, said: “A concerning finding is the lower life expectancy for flat-faced breeds.”

Shotton explains the importance of choosing a dog based on health, saying: “While the study doesn't prove a direct link between these breeds' potential welfare issues and shorter length of life, the findings serve as a fresh reminder for prospective dog owners to choose a breed based on health, not looks.”

Take a look at the full findings below:

9 Dog Breeds That Live The Longest

  1. Jack Russell Terrier - 12.72
  2. Yorkshire Terrier - 12.54
  3. Border Collie - 12.10
  4. Springer Spaniel - 11.92
  5. Crossbred - 11.8
  6. Labrador Retriever - 11.77
  7. Staffordshire Bull Terrier - 11.33
  8. Cocker Spaniel - 11.31
  9. Shih-tzu - 11.05

10 Dog Breeds With The Shortest Life Expectancy

Dog Breeds With The Shortest Life Expectancy

  1. French Bulldog - 4.53
  2. English Bulldog - 7.39
  3. Pug - 7.65
  4. American Bulldog - 7.79
  5. Chihuahua - 7.91
  6. Husky - 9.53
  7. Beagle - 9.85
  8. Boxer - 10.04 
  9. German Shepherd - 10.16
  10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - 10.45