Many dog owners debate about the health of mixed breed and purebred dogs, arguing that mutts tend to live longer than purebred ones. A recent study by Bellumori et al (2013) brought some important information.
The authors examined 27.000 dogs and the prevalence of inherited disorders in both mixed and purebred dogs. The results show that: 1) the incidence of 10 genetic disorders was significantly greater in purebred dogs, 2) the incidence of 1 disorder – ruptured cranial cruciate ligament – was greater in mixed breed dogs. Therefore, inbreeding can reduce the lifespan of canines, and “mutts” tend to have less genetic problems and live longer, if compared with the purebred dogs.
There are also other factors that can affect your dog’s life expectancy. The dog care that you provide – such as a healthy diet, level of exercise, regular vet visits and shots update – can greatly impact both the wellness and the longevity of your dog. As with humans, prevention is always an important way to avoid health complications.
Research also shows that larger dogs live for a shorter period of time, when compared to smaller ones, which is probably linked with higher weight of bigger dogs.
Spaying or neutering a puppy at a young age can also affect a dog’s life expectancy. Another set of studies provide evidence that such surgeries can help to reduce the risk of some types of cancer, and, consequently, have a positive impact on your dog’s lifespan.
As our furry friends are family members, Hollywood Houndz is permanently committed to talk about healthy options for your dog. Come and let’s have a talk about some diet options, socialization and exercise!