Expert’s Advice: Long-Livers Cats and Dogs

Russian experts noted the growing demand for pets during the period of self-isolation. They reported that Russians are more likely to have cats than dogs, according to the data provided by the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM), VN.RU reports. 

The top cat breeds include Maine Coon, Scottish fold, British, Siamese, Persian, Sphinx, and Bobtail. The top dog breeds popular among Russiansinclude Yorkshire Terrier, Husky, German Shepherd, Pug, Alabai, Staffordshire Terrier, boxer, beagle, Golden Retriever, and Labrador.

It is noted that Siamese cats live longer than others (up to 20 years old), while Bobtail and sphinxes live 15 years and occupy the second place) in this list; Maine Coon lives an average of 14-16 years. As for dogs, Jack Russell Terrier is a leader among the long-lived dogs, together with the Beagle breed.

Most often, long-livers in dogs are representatives of medium breeds. It is also believed that outbred dogs live longer, and get sick less, as people almost did not participate in their development, so an artificial selection has not crippled natural inclinations, which explains the higher level of their life expectancy.

Ru-Main, 19.05.2020

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