Bulldogs are arguably some of the cutest dogs there are. With their smiling wrinkly faces and cute little snorts, it’s no wonder they are so beloved. Ask any bulldog lover and the one thing most would change is their lifespan.
Most bulldogs live to be around 10 years old and for most of us, that just isn’t long enough.
All this talk about how we wished they lived longer led us to do some research. It turns out the oldest known bulldog lived to be a whopping 18 years old! At almost double the usual lifespan, that is nothing to sneeze at.
Naturally, our next question was “how did this bulldog live so long and how can I do the same for my dog?”
It turns out the best thing you can do for your bulldog is give them a high quality food, help them maintain a healthy weight, and keep them in comfortable living conditions.
Of course, being a brachycephalic breed, it’s extra important to keep them out of extreme temperatures since it’s easy for them to overheat.
It’s also important to exercise them, but make sure they don’t overexert themselves since brachycephalic breeds can have such a hard time breathing. Low impact exercise in moderate temperatures is ideal.
Lastly, it doesn’t hurt to get them started on a good supplement and teach them to use steps to support their joints as they age.
Starting all of this sooner is better since prevention is the best medicine. Talk with your vet about what you can do to better support your bulldog to have a long, healthy life too.