How Long Will My Dog Live?

Lifespan chart below:

 

That’s a Question All Pet Owners would Like An Exact Answer To

Unfortunately there is no exact answer to how long will my dog live. General references indicate the life expectancy of the Canis lupus familiaris (Dog for most of us) to be 13 years in average. However averages are averages. History tells us  the oldest living dog (documented by The Guinness World Records) lived 29 years. The dog was Bluey – an Australian Cattle Dog.

Every Dog owner would love their dog to live as long as Bluey, however genetic characteristics will predominantly determine how long pooch will be by our side. Size, weight and heredity for the most part will determine longevity. 

It is also true that dogs in modern times are exceeding their average lifespan due to the fact pet owners are giving them a more preponderant position within the family, leading to better lifestyles conditions and preventive health care practices.

 

Life Expectancy Chart – Average Ages For Most Breeds

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SIZE

Size is a significant determinant in life expectancy. Giant breed such as Mastiffs, Saint Bernards and Great Danes are known to have a 6 to 8 year life span while smaller “Chihuahua” sized dogs can extend this limit close to 20 years of age. Keep in mind however that even size is relative in determining longevity. 

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Genes and Genetics

You’ve probably noticed by now (hopefully) that your parents are a strong indication of your own personal health condition and longevity. True for dogs as well. Most of the age factors are determined in the womb. A good indication of how long your pup will live can be determined observing their parents and ancestors.

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What Can I Do?

There is no exact formula to extend your dogs age far beyond its average life expectancy, but there are lots of things you can do to ensure they live a healthier lifestyle. Dogs nowadays have become true family members and this bond with humans has given them better chances to live longer and healthier. These easy tips can also help:

  • Regular Vet Check-ups
  • Groom regularly
  • Brush their teeth daily
  • Walk them on leases
  • Regular walks
  • Physical Stimulation
  • Mental Stimulation
  • Raw food diets
  • Parasite, flea and tick control
  • Lots of appropriate exercise according to his or her body structure

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(sources: petmd.com, Dog Longevity)


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