Research has shown which dog breeds are most likely to live to a ripe old age.Research has shown which dog breeds are most likely to live to a ripe old age.
Research has shown which dog breeds are most likely to live to a ripe old age.

Average Dog Lifespans: This is how long you can expect 18 popular breeds of dog to live for - including the loving Labrador πŸ•

New research has revealed the dog breeds that are likely to live long lives, and those that are tragically unlikely to be around for quite as long.

The last few years have seen many of us welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, as the Kennel Club has dog ownership rise to record levels.

With 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup – whether you want a large dog, family-friendly dog, or crossbreed.

For all the latest dog news, pictures, advice and information, join our Scotsdog Facebook group here

One of the terrible truths of dog ownership is that we are likely to outlive our adored pet, with the average dog living just over 11 years. But there's a fairly substantial gap between the breeds that live the longest and shortest lives.

New research published in the journal Scientific Reports has used the Royal Veterinary College’s Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System (VetCompass), a database holding information on over two million animals, to work out the average life expectance of some of the UK’s most popular breeds of dog.

Researchers took a random sample of 30,563 dogs that died between January 1, 2016, and July 31, 2020, to come to their findings.

Here’s what they found.

Read more