How Long Do English Bulldogs Live? Lifespan and advice

How Long Do English Bulldogs Live? Lifespan and advice

English Bulldogs were born to fight bulls, but now they are sweet dogs for all families, with their cute little faces and the infinity of affection they have in their hearts.

The Bulldog Life expectation

The average life expectancy of a Bulldog is between 8 and 10 years, but it is not at all uncommon to meet a Bulldog that has turned 12. There have even been cases where Bulldogs have lived to the age of 18, but this is clearly an exception. It goes without saying that if you take care of your Bulldog’s health in the right way, your dog will have a long life.

Bulldogs are extremely sensitive to high temperatures and should definitely be kept indoors. They do not tolerate hot climates and may even die of heatstroke. They need air conditioning in the summer. They risk losing their breath if subjected to stress or too much exercise.

Do Bulldogs tend to get sick?

Genetics play a very important role, but despite this, there are many factors that we can keep under control to ensure a long and happy life for our Bulldog. The choices you make for It will not only determine Its longevity, but also the quality of its life.

For dogs that are 3 years old and older, there is an 85% chance they will contract gum disease. The bacteria that make up plaque can cause gingivitis, and the bacteria from cavities would enter the body and cause damage to the heart, brain, and kidneys. If owners pay attention to their dogs’ dental health, they could give them up to 4 years of extra life.

Keeping the puppy healthy

Don’t let your dog put on weight unnecessarily, think of a balanced and healthy diet for It to not risk obesity. Research has revealed that dogs on a balanced diet tend to live at least 1.8 years longer!

Don’t be fooled by dog food brand ads. These are all marketing strategies, and that’s it. In order for your dog to thrive in health, all foods should contain the right ratio of calcium and phosphorus (1.2: 1). Focus on giving your dog the correct amount of food.

There is a new trend in a holistic diet that seems to have shown that those dogs that follow this diet live longer.

Regular visits to the vet 

Vaccines are important, too, because if they are not given, most Bulldog puppies wouldn’t survive a year. However, try to avoid giving your little Bulldog too many vaccines. There is no need for a vaccine a year for parvo, for example. It’s best to spend that money on blood tests for your dog.

Feeding a Bulldog just got harder than ever. All the fault of the dog food companies that have bombarded us with different information trying to tell you what your dog needs. Corn is an inferior source of protein, and one of the most common allergens. The liver works hard to process corn and to get useful proteins and to produce nitrates. Those nitrates make the kidneys age prematurely by making them strain too much.

Additionally, neutering or spaying a Bulldog greatly increases its lifespan. It reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, especially of the ovaries and testicles. However, do not spay a dog until they are one year old. Before sterilization, the physique must be fully developed.

To ensure your Bulldog lives as long as possible, avoid mating two dogs that are related to each other. Crossbreeds live longer than others and have fewer health problems. Dogs born from a mating between relatives, on the other hand, risk developing various diseases of a genetic nature.

What you need to pay attention to

Dogs get stressed easily, and stress causes them to age prematurely. Avoid exposing your dog to stressors such as loneliness. To be happy, dogs need company, so if you are very busy every day and can’t spend time with your dog, consider getting another one so they keep each other company.

About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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