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Lifespan of a Dog: A Dog Years Chart by Breed

How Long Should You Expect Your Dog to Live?

By July 17, 2013 | See Comments

German Shepard in a field

Are you wondering what the usual life expectancy of your dog is? Lifespan for dogs varies from breed to breed. Find out what the average lifespan of your dog is here.

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:

 

 

Breed

Average Lifespan (Years)

Affenpinscher

12-14

Afghan Hound

12-14

African Boerboels

9-11

Airedale Terrier

10-13

Akbash

10-11

Akita

10-13

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs

13

Alaskan Klee Kai

14

Alaskan Malamute

10-13

American Bulldog

12-14

American Eskimo Dog

12-14

American Foxhound

10-13

American Staffordshire Terrier

12-14

American Water Spaniel

10-12

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

10-13

Australian Cattle Dog

10-13

Australian Kelpie

12

Australian Shepherd

12-15

Australian Silky Terrier

11-14

Australian Terrier

12-14

Basenji

12-14

Basset Hound

11-14

Beagle

12-14

Bearded Collie

12-14

Beauceron

10-12

Bedlington Terrier

12-14

Belgian Malinois

10-12

Belgian Shepherd Dog

10-12

Belgian Tervuren

10-12

Bernese Mountain Dog

6-9

Bichon Frise

12-15

Black and Tan Coonhound

10-12

Black Russian Terrier

10-11

Bloodhound

10-12

Border Collie

10-14

Border Terrier

12-15

Borzoi

10-12

Boston Terrier

14

Bouvier des Flandres

10-12

Boxer

8-10

Briard

10-12

Brittany

12-13

Brussels Griffon

12-15

Bull Terrier

11-14

Bullmastiff

8-10

Cairn Terrier

12-14

Canaan Dog

12-13

Cane Corso

11

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

12-14

Carolina Dog

13

Catahoula Leopard Dogs

12

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

9-14

Central Asian Ovtcharkas

12

Cesky Terrier

14

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

10-13

Chihuahua

14-18

Chinese Crested

13-15

Chinese Foo

11

Chinese Shar-Pei

8-10

Chipoo

14

Chow Chow

8-12

Clumber Spaniel

10-12

Cocker Spaniel

12-15

Cockapoo

14-18

Collie

8-12

Coton De Tulears

15

Curly-Coated Retriever

8-12

Dachshund

12-14

Dalmatian

12-14

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

11-13

Doberman Pinscher

10-12

Dogue de Bordeaux

5-7

English Bulldogs

8-12

English Cocker Spaniels

12-14

English Foxhound

10-13

English Setter

10-12

English Shepherd

15

English Springer Spaniel

10-14

English Toy Spaniel

10-12

Estrela Mountain Dogs

11

Field Spaniel

12-14

Fila Brasileiros

10

Finnish Spitz

12-14

Flat-Coated Retriever

10-13

Fox Terrier (Smooth)

10-13

Fox Terrier (Wire)

10-13

French Bulldog

9-11

German Pinscher

12-15

German Shepherd 

10-12

German Shorthaired Pointer

12-14

German Wirehaired Pointer

12-14

Giant Schnauzer

10-12

Glen of Imaal Terrier

10-14

Golden Retriever

10-13

Goldendoodle

14

Gordon Setter

10-12

Great Dane

7-10

Great Pyrenees

10-12

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

10-12

Greyhound

10-13

Harrier

12-14

Havanese

12-14

Hungarian Vizsla

10-14

Ibizan Hound

12-14

Irish Setter

12-14

Irish Terrier

12-15

Irish Water Spaniel

10-13

Irish Wolfhound

5-7

Italian Greyhound

12-15

Jack Russell Terrier

13

Japanese Chin

12-14

Keeshond

12-14

Kerry Blue Terrier

12-15

Komondor

10-12

Kooikerhondje

13

Kuvasz

9-12

Labradoodle

13

Labrador Retriever

10-12

Laekenois

12

Lakeland Terrier

12-16

Lancashire Heeler

14

Lhasa Apso

12-14

Löwchen

13-15

Maltese

12-14

Maltipoo

13

Manchester Terrier

15-16

Maremma Sheepdog

12

Mastiff

9-11

Miniature Bull Terrier

11-14

Miniature Pinscher

12-14

Miniature Poodle

12-14

Miniature Schnauzer

12-14

Neapolitan Mastiff

8-10

Newfoundland

8-10

Norfolk Terrier

13-15

Norwegian Buhunds

11-13

Norwegian Elkhound

10-12

Norwich Terrier

13-15

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

11-13

Old English Sheepdog

10-12

Otterhound

10-13

Papillon

12-15

Parson Russell Terrier

13-15

Peekapoo

13

Pekingese

12-15

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

11-13

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

11-14

Pharaoh Hound

11-14

Pit Bull

12-14

Plott

11-13

Pointer

11-15

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

10-14

Pomapoo

13

Pomeranian

12-16

Poodle (Standard)

12-15

Portuguese Water Dog

10-14

Pug

12-15

Puli

10-15

Rat Terrier

16

Redbone Coonhound

11

Rhodesian Ridgeback

10-12

Rottweiler

8-11

Saint Bernard

8-10

Saluki

12-14

Samoyed

10-12

Schipperke

13-15

Schnoodle

13

Scottish Deerhound

7-9

Scottish Terrier

11-13

Sealyham Terrier

11-13

Shetland Sheepdog

12-14

Shiba Inu

12-15

Shih Tzu

11-14

Siberian Husky

11-13

Silky Terrier

11-14

Skye Terrier

12-14

Snorkie

12

Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

12-14

Spinone Italiano

12-14

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

12-14

Standard Schnauzer

12-14

Sussex Spaniel

11-13

Swedish Vallhund

13

Thai Ridgeback

12

Tibetan Mastiff

11-14

Tibetan Spaniel

14

Tibetan Terrier

12-15

Toy Fox Terrier

13-14

Toy Manchester Terrier

14-16

Toy Poodle

12-14

Treeing Walker Coonhound

12-13

Vizsla

10-14

Weimaraner

10-13

Welsh Springer Spaniel

12-15

Welsh Terrier

12-14

West Highland White Terrier

12-14

Whippet

12-15

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

12-14

Xoloitzcuintle

13

Yorkie-Poo

14

Yorkshire Terrier

14-16

 

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  • Vic Irvin

    10/24/2013 4:50:19 PM

    Oh! Least you forget the intelligent Australian Shepard....Why leave the breed out?

    • mares_nest

      10/31/2013 12:59:41 PM

      The Australian Shepherd is on the list.

    • Guest

      2/7/2014 12:32:27 AM

      Aussies are wonderful! They have a lot of energy and need to be challenged because they are so strong and bright. Just wonderful.

  • Avid reader

    10/30/2013 12:48:47 PM

    Some of these are not purebred. Mongrels lifespan can be reported?

    • BlueVibe

      2/5/2014 8:40:25 PM

      Similar to whatever breeds make them up. As a general rule, though, the larger the dog, the shorter the lifespan.

  • Name

    10/30/2013 11:48:11 PM

    You left out Australian Koolies which can llive into their late teens

  • Tilo

    10/31/2013 12:57:54 AM

    What about a coonhound? A Treeing Walker Coonhound specifically.

    • Kat at PetCareRx

      11/1/2013 7:28:35 PM

      Good question, Tilo -- we just added them to the list!

  • cdmthomas

    1/26/2014 5:03:46 PM

    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!

  • Jim

    1/27/2014 5:07:20 PM

    What about the Cockapoo?

    • Kat at PetCareRx

      1/30/2014 3:34:58 PM

      Hi Jim,
      We just added them to the chart -- they live around 14-18 years.

  • ChloeMac

    2/4/2014 3:10:46 PM

    How about the American Cocker Spaniel?

    • Kat at PetCareRx

      2/5/2014 4:50:56 PM

      Hi Chloe, We've just added them! See "Cocker Spaniel."

  • Rob M.

    2/4/2014 9:40:26 PM

    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. :-(

  • darla_cooks

    2/5/2014 6:02:08 PM

    no standard poodle on the list?

    • PetCareAmy

      2/6/2014 6:19:00 AM

      The Standard Poodle is listed under Poodle, with a lifespan of 12-15 years.

      • darla_cooks

        2/7/2014 1:25:50 AM

        standard poodle is a totally different dog than a little one. but okay, it's your list. respect.

        • PetCareAmy

          2/7/2014 2:29:32 AM

          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.

  • BlueVibe

    2/5/2014 8:40:04 PM

    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.

  • Guest

    2/7/2014 12:36:38 AM

    They are all here for such a short time and how enriched my life as been during those times.

  • siestaqh

    2/17/2014 12:10:34 AM

    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...

  • Ulas

    3/2/2014 9:44:16 AM

    Do you have a similar chart for cat breeds?

  • getbackjack

    3/2/2014 1:30:54 PM

    Is Sheltie the same as Shetland Sheep Dog?

  • Corgi Lover In Foothills of SC

    3/3/2014 3:38:27 AM

    what about a corgi???

    • Corgi Lover in Foothills of SC

      3/3/2014 4:09:45 AM

      Just found them on the list!!! Thanks!!!

  • Klaus Fischer

    3/7/2014 6:52:23 PM

    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.

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