Science explains why some dogs live longer than others

Happy older dog

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your furry best friend around you for a little longer? A recent study published in Frontiers in Genetics revealed that understanding genetics and aging in dogs might help canines be around for a longer period. That’s good news for dog lovers out there. This means that you’ll have more time doing activities that you both love. Read on to know more about what you can do to help keep your dog healthy and enjoy a longer life.


Certain types of dogs have a longer life span


The research was done by examining two canines called Methuselah, which were found to have a 50% longer lifespan than others. The result suggests that the genes that this type of dog has might contribute to the longer life span. The new findings have opened up doors for researchers to analyze the mechanism of aging in dogs, which can help to promote healthier lifestyles for canines.

According to Carlos Alvarez, a principal investigator at the research center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, most people breed dogs to get a certain look, such as big eyes or squishy faces. With the new findings on genetic variations, people now have a better understanding of how to breed a healthy dog, something that was unimaginable before.


Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet are crucial

dogs play outside

Recent studies have revealed that pups are living longer than ever. Part of the reason is that more dog owners have considered dogs as more than just a pet, but also a family member, resulting in better care of their canines. The life expectancy of pups varies on different factors such as breed and size, but also lifestyle and quality of life. Dogs that have an active lifestyle and a healthier diet tend to live longer than those who don’t.

Exercise can greatly reduce stress levels and control weight, both of which are crucial for overall health. You can do a lot of exercises with your pooch, from regular walks outside to fun games to more specific training. Make sure you apply the exercising programs that suit your pooch.

You should also focus on their diet. What your furry friend eats will have a significant effect on their well-being. Always look at the ingredients on the back of dog food packages before purchasing. Look for essential vitamins, minerals, and whole proteins.

A healthy pup also has an impact on dog owners


Having an unhealthy pooch can be a stressful time for them and you. Dogs with health problems will show clear symptoms such as a change in behavior, lack of energy, lack of appetite, and visible pain. Your pooch will be in a lot of pain, and you’ll be spending more time at the vet instead of playing outside and exercising together.

A healthy dog means a happier dog owner! According to Dávid Jónás, a researcher at the Department of Ethology at Eötvös Loránd University, “If pet dogs live longer and healthier, it could have a positive impact on the mental health of the owner.”


If you don’t have much time for playing and exercising with your pup, consider bringing them to doggie daycare. There your Fido can spend time socializing with other canines, playing fun games, and get some much-needed exercise. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Contact us for more details and stop by at one of our locations near you!