English Bulldog Lifespan: How Long Do English Bulldogs Live

English Bulldog Life Span: How Long Does it Take to Die?

The average lifespan of an english bulldog is 15 years. Some are even older than 20 years! However, there are some breeds with longer lifespans such as the pug and dachshund. These dogs live up to 25 or 30 years. Even though they have a long life span, their longevity doesn’t mean that they don’t suffer from various diseases and illnesses at times. English bulls can get cancer, heart disease, liver problems, kidney failure and other health issues. There are many reasons why these dogs may not live as long as others. The most common reason is because they aren’t socialized enough. They need constant companionship so they spend too much time alone which results in them developing mental disorders like depression and anxiety. Other factors include being overweight or obese; eating junk food; drinking alcohol; smoking cigarettes; and taking drugs such as cocaine or heroin. Many of these behaviors increase the risk of getting cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and other health conditions. A few things that will make your dog healthier are regular exercise; keeping him away from toxic substances; avoiding toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals; giving him good nutrition including fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish. Another thing that will shorten his life span is neglecting to take care of him properly. If the dog is constantly hungry, thirsty, dirty and lonely he will not live as long as a dog that has proper nutrition, exercise and companionship.

How to Tell if your English Bulldog is Dying

The most common causes of death in English bulldogs are birth defects, congenital diseases and unsoundness. The average lifespan of an English Bulldog is around 8 years but on rare occasions can last up to 14 years.

Below we will go over some of the illnesses and diseases that are known to affect this type of dog.


Skin Problems: Some dogs are affected by skin problems that can be caused by too much food, allergies or parasites such as mites and ticks. Some can be treated with a special diet and it is best to consult with a veterinarian before giving your pet any medicines.

Hip Dysplasia: this is a congenital disease that affects the joints of the legs and hips of your dog. The disease is most commonly found in large-breed dogs and it causes arthritis that gets progressively worse as your dog gets older.

It is a heritable condition that can be diagnosed by X-ray.

Sources & references used in this article:

A genetic assessment of the English bulldog by NC Pedersen, AS Pooch, H Liu – Canine genetics and epidemiology, 2016 – Springer

The fall and rise of the English Bulldog by KS Thomson – American Scientist, 1996 – search.proquest.com

Congenital lung displacement in an English bulldog puppy by A Gloria, G Marruchella, L Di Francesco… – Acta Veterinaria …, 2019 – akjournals.com