How long do dogs live?The answer to this question is, it depends. Small dogs live longer than big dogs.  Life expectancy also depends on the breed. Take a look:

Small dogs

•    Chihuahua (15-17 years)

•    Chinese Crested (15-17 years)

•    Smooth and Wire Fox Terrier (13-15 years)

•    English Toy Spaniel (13-15 years)

•    Pomeranian (14-16 years)

•    Rat Terrier (13-15 years)

•    Russell Terrier (12-14 years)

•    Lakeland Terrier (12-14 years)

•    Manchester Terrier (12-14 years)

•    Yorkshire Terrier (12-15 years)

 

Medium dogs

•    Australian Shepherd (12-15 years)

•    Chinese Shar-Pei (12-14 years)

•    Cocker Spaniel (13-15 years)

•    Poodle (12-15 years)

•    Whippet (12-15 years)

•    Puli (10-15 years)

•    Welsh Springer Spaniel (13-15 years)

•    Bulldog (10-12 years)

•    Boxer (10-12 years)

•    Chow Chow (11-13 years)

•    Curly-Coated Retriever (11-13 years)

•    French Bulldog (11-13 years)

 

Large dogs

•    Great Dane (8-10 years)

•    Bernese Mountain Dog (7-10 years)

•    Irish Wolfhound (8-10 years)

•    Newfoundland (10-12 years)

•    Giant Schnauzer (10-12 years)

•    Dogue de Bordeaux (9-11 years)

•    Rottweiler (10-12 years)

•    St. Bernard (10-12 years)

•    Scottish Deerhound (10-12 years)

•    Flat-Coated Retriever (10-12 years)

•    Akita (11-15 years)

•    Anatolian Shepherd (11-13 years)

•    Irish Setter (12-14 years)

•    Belgian Malinois (14-16 years)

 

 

Bottom-line, predicting the lifespan of your pet is tricky, but you can make a big difference too by:

  1. Feed a healthy diet
  2. Maintain a healthy weight
  3. Keep up-to-date on vaccines and preventatives
  4. Know any breed-related diseases and their symptoms
  5. Schedule regular veterinary checkups and blood work
  6. Restrict access to toxins and other harmful substances