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July 17, 2013
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There is no overarching rule for canine lifespan. This can be because of genetic factors, and on average, smaller dog breeds tend to live longer than large breeds. It is important to know how long your dog is expected to live so that you can choose the best dog for you, prepare for the years ahead, and know what you can do to ensure that your dog lives a long and healthy life.
Life expectancy in dogs can be affected by many factors including genetic disease, diet, and exercise -- similar to humans. Another factor that could impact your dog's longevity is whether or not they take preventative medication, like Heartgard Plus Chewables or Revolution for dogs. The following chart shows how long you can expect your dog to live on average, based on what breed they are:
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs
Alaskan Klee Kai
American Eskimo Dog
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Water Spaniel
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Silky Terrier
Belgian Shepherd Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog
Black and Tan Coonhound
Black Russian Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Catahoula Leopard Dogs
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Central Asian Ovtcharkas
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Coton De Tulears
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Dogue de Bordeaux
English Cocker Spaniels
English Springer Spaniel
English Toy Spaniel
Estrela Mountain Dogs
Fox Terrier (Smooth)
Fox Terrier (Wire)
German Shorthaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Irish Water Spaniel
Jack Russell Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Old English Sheepdog
Parson Russell Terrier
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Portuguese Water Dog
Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
Toy Manchester Terrier
Treeing Walker Coonhound
Welsh Springer Spaniel
West Highland White Terrier
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
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Bullshit the record is 29 years and the top ten most long lived dogs are between 29 and 21
This chart is completely wrong. It is more accurate as the outer limit of each breed
How long do blue heelers live
I have a mixed lab/ rottie she weighs roughly 100 But she is solid When we got her she was 2 our yrs And we have had her for 6 yrs our yrs So what does this make her in dog yrs and how much longer do you think he has
i had a great dane live 14 years once
Where did you get your data from?
I have a beautiful Boxer Boy that is 11 1/2 years old.... He is in perfect health.. I believe if your dog knows you love them and you tell them everyday, they stick around longer... I spoil mine also with hugs and loves everyday.
True. A statistical average is one number. In this case, average isn't being used in the technical sense, but in its meaning as usual, ordinary, or expected. Our apologies for the ambiguity.
why do they refer to a range as an average? an average is one number
I have a St Bernard who will be 13 on Thursday!
Three of our Aussies made it to 13. We now have a mini-Aussie, a 9 yr. old refugee from a puppy mill. Because of her rough life, her expected life-span might be affected, but what might be expected for a miniature Australian Shepard?
We have never, in over 50 years, had a dog die that was less than 20. Some have lived well into their 20's. This includes German Shepherds, Chows, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Westies, Border Collies, Dobermans, pit bulls, labradors, etc. I think it is because ours always live in the house except for multiple daily long walks and trips to the park and into Petsmart meaning that they are not exposed to bad weather, fights, diseases, etc, and they all get their shots annually along with a check up and go to the vet anytime there is an issue, and they eat only premium dog food, are on Heartgard Plus heartworm meds year around and use K9Advantix year around to prevent fleas and ticks. They are all also spayed/neutered by 5 months old. They get lots of love and playtime plus cuddle in bed or on the couches with us. They are always worth it.
My Bernese Mountain/St. Bernard mix just turned 13! We lost his sister just two months ago. She had arthritis and hip dyplasia and could no longer stand or walk but he seems to have escaped both of those maladies!
I think 12 for a dachshund is too young. Owning 7 dachshunds over the last 17 years, and being on many internet groups with thousands of other dachshunds, I would have put them at 14-17. That said, I have many friends that their dachshunds lived to 20 and beyond. I lost my three oldest at 14, 15 1/2, and almost 17. These three lived together their entire life and ate the same quality food. The 14 year old came from a puppy mill at 3 months old. Genetics made a difference, I think. The other two came from a good breeder.
my little Papillon passed away this year at 18+, she was the runt of the litter and never weighed more than 4.5 lbs. She was never sick 1 day, and we loved her dearly.
We don't have a chart yet, but we do have an article on some of the cat breeds with the longest lives here: http://www.petcarerx.com/artic...
Yes, those names refer to the same breed!
Just found them on the list!!! Thanks!!!
what about a corgi???
Is Sheltie the same as Shetland Sheep Dog?
Do you have a similar chart for cat breeds?
I had a miniature poodle who was 23.5 years old when she died. Her sight and hearing had diminished, but she still got around until the last few days when her heart finally gave out. I had a springer spaniel who was almost 18 years old when she passed on. Many times they surprise you...
The smaller poodle is listed separately as "toy poodle" and "miniature poodle." We've added "standard" next to the word "poodle" in the list to clarify that the basic poodle listing does not refer to the smaller dog.
standard poodle is a totally different dog than a little one. but okay, it's your list. respect.
They are all here for such a short time and how enriched my life as been during those times.
Aussies are wonderful! They have a lot of energy and need to be challenged because they are so strong and bright. Just wonderful.
The Standard Poodle is listed under Poodle, with a lifespan of 12-15 years.
Similar to whatever breeds make them up. As a general rule, though, the larger the dog, the shorter the lifespan.
Our two American Eskimo dogs lived to be 13 1/2 and 17-ish. The second one must have had genes of iron; she was like a young dog until the last year of her life.
no standard poodle on the list?
Hi Chloe, We've just added them! See "Cocker Spaniel."
My beloved dog is almost 17.. a mix of Lab, border, and whippet, at least I think she is.. up to recent months she has been amazingly healthy, year in and year out... now her hearing is mostly gone, eyesight is half gone, her hind legs are a little weak tho she still gets around well, and she needs more frequent potty breaks and shorter stints outdoors...but she still loves to play/bark/socialize and acts like the happy dog she's always been since I rescued her 15+ years ago! Not looking forward to the day she starts really fading. :-(
How about the American Cocker Spaniel?
Hi Jim,We just added them to the chart -- they live around 14-18 years.
What about the Cockapoo?
I have an Icelandic Sheepdog-35 lbs and she is 16 years old and walks twice a day and plays with her toys... Her grandmother lived until 17 years old. Their lifespan is supposed to be 12-14 years, but just like people there is no exact expiration date!
Good question, Tilo -- we just added them to the list!
The Australian Shepherd is on the list.
What about a coonhound? A Treeing Walker Coonhound specifically.
You left out Australian Koolies which can llive into their late teens
Some of these are not purebred. Mongrels lifespan can be reported?
Oh! Least you forget the intelligent Australian Shepard....Why leave the breed out?
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