Review Article

Analysis of factors affecting the quality and length of life of dogs

Stanisław Socha  , Magdalena Mirońska, Dorota Kołodziejczyk

Institute of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Faculty of Agrobioengineering and Animal Husbandry, Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, B. Prusa 12/14, 08-110 Siedlce

Abstract. The dog is a diverse species both in terms of behavior, size and lifespan. There are many factors that affect the lifespan of dogs. This paper examines, among others, the effect of breed on the length and quality of a dog's life, the effect of owner and social environment on a dogs quality of life, the effect of utility on a dogs quality of life, and the effect of nutrition on a dog's length and quality of life. The size of a dog is a well-known factor affecting the length of its life. Purebred dogs are known to have higher health burdens and shorter life spans than non-breed dogs and inter-breed hybrids of the same size. The length and quality of life of dogs is also affected by the quality of the bond with the owner and the owner's awareness of preventive veterinary care. A stimulating environment, and proper nutrition taking into account the dogs specific breed or health requirements, are also important for the quality and length of canine life.

Keywords: ageing, dogs, ageing model


This Article

Received: 10 Jun 2022

Accepted: 12 Aug 2022

Published online: 27 Feb 2023

Accesses: 450

How to cite

Socha, S., Mirońska, M., Kołodziejczyk, D., (2022). Analysis of factors affecting the quality and length of life of dogs. Acta Sci. Pol. Zootechnica, 21(3), 3–12. DOI: 10.21005/asp.2022.21.3.01.