Rather and loyal creatures as a pet, rather than a dog, is not found. Those who want to have a puppy, immediately think about caring for him, and sometimes there are questions about the longevity of the dog. Does breed data differ? And what can affect the life of a four-legged pet?
Growing up of an animal occurs at a different speed than in humans, and most often the differences are observed in the direction of acceleration. In particular, puppies in dogs are considered babies at 1–2 months old, and a one-year-old individual is close to adulthood by human standards, which occurs after 14 months for it. from the family. Therefore, it is quite logical that the dog’s life expectancy is much shorter than that of the owner, and no matter how much the moment of parting with the four-legged friend moves away in thoughts, it is inevitable. Scientists have established an inverse pattern between the dimensions of an adult dog and the duration of its life: large individuals live much less than small indoor breeds.
The average life expectancy, if you do not focus on a particular breed, for a dog is 10 years, which is equivalent to 56-63 years in human terms. Depending on the breed, the maximum period is established, but most often the upper limit is 17–19 years, relating to small indoor individuals. However, in the Guinness Book of Records is entered the dog, who died at the end of the 29th year of life, which in terms of the human dimension is much more than 100 years.
This animal side by side existed with the shepherds in Australia, which suggests the reason for this longevity of a four-legged friend. After all, people, too, have the longest life expectancy among mountain shepherds. It is likely that his dog was obliged by his physical health and endurance to constant physical exertion and life in nature, away from urban smog. After all, its negative impact was noticed not only in relation to a person.
As for certain breeds, among indoor dogs, long-livers are called chihuahua: they die in the 18th year of life, and toy terriers and Pekingese are a bit behind them - their lifespan is 15 years. The veccite crested is not long-lived: despite the fact that it is a breed of room, its representatives die after 10 years. With large dogs, as was said, the situation is worse: after 7-8 years old age comes for them, so most die in the 12th year of life. The top bar for boxers is 10 years old, Husky - 14 years old, German Shepherd Dogs - 13 years old.
How old do dogs live poochs?
It is unequivocally impossible to say about the longevity of the mutts, since by this name it is meant not a separate breed, but their mixture. As a result, animals adopt the features of many breeds, and the timing of their lives vary greatly. The main difference between these mixes from those that are created in artificial conditions by crossing is the peculiarities of their existence, eliminating comfort and bliss.
Thus, the dog mongrel already has a lot of advantage over the room individual in the form of increased endurance, which, however, is also not infinite. In addition, street dogs can not boast of good health, if they were initially deprived of mother's milk and in the genotype were prone to diseases. Therefore, it is impossible to talk about a uniquely increased life span of mongrel dogs in relation to pets. And yet, there are cases of longevity among these mixed breeds staying in the conditions of the street: 20 years are called the top bar.
And yet, an unfavorable environment does not have the best effect on the health of the animal: the average term for a cur is 9-11 years old, but external factors can fairly reduce it. In particular, we are talking about serious diseases like distemper, from which all domestic dogs are required to receive the vaccine, but the yard does not undergo it. The only occasional contact with an infected animal will be fatal even for the physically strongest mongrel. This is especially dangerous for small puppies and under-age dogs, i.e. at the age of 1-1.5 years. In addition to the distemper, the same chance of death for a pooch can be produced by a deadly tick that is accidentally picked up.
Thus, if you decide to start a cur and you want her to live with you as long as possible, you will have to take care of only 2 aspects that affect her health. These are vaccinations against serious diseases and the provision of a bed, as well as the possibility of frequent walks, if the animal is located in a city apartment, and not at a country site. The rest of the life of the curs is much higher than that of the indoor breed. Her stomach is omnivorous, endurance is stronger, and adaptation to a new home is easier, which eliminates various nervous shocks.
Lifespan of a labrador
Labrador belongs to the category of large dogs, striking their strength. However, this is not the kind of sporting strength that rottweilers have - the character of the outer strength of a Labrador is rather royal, sedate. According to scientists, the life expectancy of Labradors is low: for the most part, this breed lives to 8 years, with good living conditions, the upper bar can be raised to 14 years. But for the latter value, one has to do a fair amount of effort, since for the most part representatives of the breed rarely exchange the first ten.
To the life of the Labrador reached the maximum limit, the dog must be subjected to physical exertion. Like some other large dogs, the retriever tends to gain weight, which negatively affects not only its physical parameters: in the case when obesity reaches the internal organs and the heart, the animal dies. Therefore, even if the Labrador will live in a city apartment, he must take daily walks and runs.
The next point affecting the life expectancy of representatives of this breed is the problem of the joints, in particular, the hip. Only a veterinarian will be able to track the state of the musculoskeletal system of an animal, therefore, in order not to reach the stage when you have to consult a specialist, it is advisable to make a Labrador's diet correctly. Collagen-containing products are needed here, and again attention is focused on frequent physical exertion, which makes it possible to constantly develop joints and ligaments.
Hachiko dogs: dispelling myths
It should be said that the breed "hachi", of course, does not exist. It means a breed of a dog that has become a cult from the Japanese movie Hachiko, and few people know that its correct name is Akita Inu. In the film, the dog waited for the host for 9 years, which amazed many, and they began to dream of such a devoted friend outside Japan.
Representatives of the Akita Inu breed, which took its existence back in the 17th century. among the hunters, they stand out among their other brethren with true Japanese calmness, as well as well-developed physical strength and strength. That, in addition to the love of the owner, and allowed the famous dog to live for so many years in silent waiting. Purebreds of the breed could not have stayed if the indiscriminate rabies, which had killed many animals, had destroyed them completely, and no one had begun to breed Akita Inu already in America.
Externally, the Akita inu resemble a Siberian husky: the same sharp muzzle, a curled tail, relatively similar dimensions, which make it possible to classify the Japanese breed as a medium-sized species. The life of an Akita Inu in a comfortable environment is 10-12 years, and its rare members lived to 14 years. Given the total life span of dogs, regardless of the breed, the Akita Inu can be called long-livers. Their phlegmatic nature definitely helps to avoid the stressful nature of the animal, as well as endurance, thanks to which in Japan and America these dogs are often raised as bodyguards and rescuers.
Any dog, regardless of breed, with the aim of extending the lifespan, it is necessary to create the most comfortable, but close to natural, conditions. Vaccinations are recommended only for serious diseases and for puppies that have received congenital disorders of internal processes in order to strengthen their immunity and increase endurance. Try not to forget that how many years a dog lives depends largely on you.