One of the hardest parts about loving a dog is the fact that they don’t live as long as we do. However, knowing how long your dog will live can help you prepare for his needs as he enters those senior years. There are several factors that influence how long your dog may live, but the main three are your dog’s size, breed, and health. The average lifespan across all dog breeds is about 10-13 years.
In general, small dogs live longer than large dog breeds and it isn’t fully understood why. Some theorize that it could be due to the rapid growth that a large breed puppy experiences from birth to adulthood, which increases the likelihood of abnormal cell growth. The expected lifespan for large dog breeds is 8 to 12 years.
Small dogs can stretch their years a little further with an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Some can even reach 18 years or more! Those seeking a long-term canine partner in crime should consider smaller dog breeds or one of these 10 dog breeds with long lifespans.
As you might have guessed, medium sized dogs’ lifespans fall somewhere between that of large and small dogs. Their average lifespan is 10 to 13 years, with small variances depending on the breed.
Just like people, some dogs may be genetically predisposed to certain health conditions. When getting a puppy from a breeder, do your research to find one that practices responsible breeding and fulfills health test requirements for their breed. Even with responsible breeding, it’s important to know what health conditions your dog might face. Review the most common health conditions faced by small dog breeds as well as the common health conditions faced by large breeds to get an idea of what to watch for.
Taking special interest in your dog’s health over the course of his life might help you buy some extra time with your canine pal. Follow these dog care tips to promote longevity: