Most owners of French bulldogs over time begin to worry about the question of how many years their pets live. The first year flies unnoticed in excitement and trouble, and it seems that the bulldog has become your friend and companion for your entire life.
But, unfortunately, the nature of dogs in general, and this breed in particular, has not been taken as long as we would like. According to statistics, the maximum life expectancy of French bulldogs is 9-12 years. Only a small percentage of centenarians cross the border at the age of 12, and it is very rare to find a miniature bulldog over 15 years old.
But do not despair, it is possible that your pet will set a new record for life expectancy and will live 18-20 years. It has long been proven that the smaller the growth of a dog, the later it goes for a rainbow. It would seem that the miniature French should also live long, but this breed has many features that shorten its life by an average of 5 years compared to, for example, the Chihuahua.
Firstly, this breed, though small, but still a bulldog, and the age of all bulldogs is not long. Secondly, most dogs with shortened muzzle have problems with breathing and cardiovascular system , which also affects the life span. A certain harm is caused by the propensity of bulldogs to obesity, a violation of the natural hormonal background, a hereditary predisposition to the development of various diseases.
We can not rule out the risk of accidents, because the French are very snooty and fearlessly throwing themselves at the big dogs. Such fights can end sadly for a French bulldog. Know about these features, you do not need to grieve and mourn your bulldog beforehand, but in order to prevent the influence of negative factors and prolong the life of your pet.
What do you need a French bulldog for a long and happy life?
Owners who are guided by such truths as "the dog itself knows that it is useful" and "will heal like a dog" will never be able to enjoy their pet's society for a long time. Researchers believe that the main effect on life expectancy is precisely the right care.
Even with poor heredity, he is able to perform miracles and increase the life of a dog. Like any artificially bred breed, the Frenchman will not be able to organize his food system on primitive instincts. If you give a bulldog to yourself, he will eat what is bad for him, and in huge quantities.
Improper nutrition worsens the condition of all internal organs, affects the resistance of the body to diseases and the speed of recovery from them. An important factor that reduces life is obesity, which the French bulldogs come very quickly. Of great importance is the timely formulation of the right diet.
In other words, if you took an adult bulldog at the age of 2-3 years and began to feed him with the "right" food, and before that he was eating anything, his health and life expectancy had already been dealt a crushing blow. It is proved that life expectancy is greater for active cheerful dogs. But this does not mean that you need to tie your Frenchman to a bicycle and ride with him many kilometers of crosses.
The activity of the dog should be adequate to the breed. Bulldog - this is not a fast-moving hound and not a harsh terrier, for him short walks with games at normal temperature of air are sufficient. If the street is very hot or cold, you do not need to stand a standard walking hour, it's best to play with a pet in the apartment. Scientists from the Royal Canin Research Center made an interesting observation: neutered and sterilized animals live longer.
But this feature is not related to physiological changes in the body. Simply dogs that have gone through this procedure become more calm, do not run away from home in search of adventure, do not get into fights for attention of the opposite sex, as a whole their life is more measured. Therefore, if you are interested not in breeding, but in prolonging the life of your pet, then you can take this fact into service.
According to veterinarians, good dental care extends the dog's life expectancy by 20%. Proper care means their regular cleaning, timely examination by a veterinarian, disposal of plaque and tartar , removal of those teeth that can not be cured.
As you can see, prolonging the life of your pet is quite realistic, for this you need only your constant care and love. Remember that the French are very loyal creatures, and badly experience the change of the owner, strife in the host family and other stresses. Therefore, take care not only of health, but also of the feelings of your pet, and then he will live a long and happy life in your family.