How long do dogs live?

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
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