How Long Do Dogs Live?

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How long do dogs live?

It depends on their breed, size, and overall health!

It’s important to note that you can help your dog live longer by keeping them healthy and treating any health problems early on.

While most dogs reach the age of 10, there are many factors that influence how long your dog will live including their breed and lifestyle choices.

For example, as a rule of thumb, bigger dogs tend to have shorter lifespans than smaller ones because their longer lifespans are based on smaller dogs.

 

Puppy years, then dog years

Roughly speaking, one dog year is equal to seven human years.

But keep in mind that dogs age faster than humans in their first two years.

You can also see how old your dog is in human years by looking at his muzzle, ears, and tail.

Older dogs start to gray around their muzzles and have droopy ears, like Grandpa when he sits down for a nap after Thanksgiving dinner.

Their tails tend to hang lower as they get older, too! These are all signs of aging.

If you’re curious about your pup’s exact age, talk to your vet about what changes you should look out for over time.

It’s important to know if your dog is getting up there in years so you can adjust his diet accordingly.

As dogs age, they need fewer calories but more protein-rich foods and supplements like glucosamine to help with joint pain.

They may also need medication for heart disease or other conditions common among senior dogs.

 

What Are The Current Dog Years Equivalent to Human Years?

A dog’s life expectancy is greatly determined by its size.

Smaller dogs, like Chihuahuas, tend to live longer than larger breeds, such as German Shepherds and Rottweilers.

The average lifespan of a dog is 10-15 years for small breeds and 6-10 years for large breeds.

Most medium-sized dogs live between 12-15 years. Big dogs can expect to live between 7-12 years while small ones will make it from 15-to 20.

It all depends on their health, diet, and genetics.

There are certain things you can do to increase your dog’s lifespan, too! Read more below!

What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Dog?

In 2013, Guinness World Records reported that Beethoven, a West Highland Terrier lived in Michigan.

Was recognized as having lived 29 years and five months – making him officially one of the longest living dogs ever recorded.

This means that if Beethoven were human he would have been eligible for Medicare!

However… records show that there have been several pets who have reached an age that is beyond what has ever been documented in history.

 

Longevity between different dog breeds

Smaller dogs live an average of 12-15 years, while larger breeds can live upwards of 8-10 years.

Female dogs tend to live longer than male dogs (14.1 vs 11.8 years).

Life expectancy will also be higher if your dog comes from a breed with a long lifespan, such as a Rottweiler (9-10 years) or Golden Retriever (11-12 years).

Largely due to their natural resistance to disease and illnesses, mixed breeds are expected to live an average of 10-13 years.

In general, smaller and younger dogs have a higher mortality rate compared to older and larger ones.

The best way for you and your pet.

The easiest way for you to find out how long dogs live is by looking at your pet’s parents and grandparents before deciding whether or not it’s worth investing in their health insurance.

There’s a strong probability that your dog will die young as well if any of them have.

You can anticipate that your dog will likely live longer than normal if all of them are still living.

If you are unsure of their identity: If you are uncertain of their identity, consider their outward appearance.

 

Reasons why some dogs don’t live as long as others

Health conditions (such as cancer), genetics, access to good care, and even nutrition can all impact an individual dog’s lifespan.

While many dogs do live well into their golden years, studies have shown that smaller breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds.

Researchers aren’t sure why there is a difference in lifespan between large and small dogs.

Most veterinarians recommend that you feed your dog a good diet of quality dry food or wet food (canned) for his entire life.

That includes senior dogs! In fact, feeding a high-quality diet will help keep your older dog feeling young and energetic.

A nutritious diet may also help your dog live longer.

Keep in mind that every breed has its own unique health issues.

So it’s important to talk with your veterinarian about what could affect your specific breed of dog.

 

Reasons why some dogs are more likely to live longer than others

Healthier dogs are more likely to live longer, while heavier dogs (over a certain weight) and female dogs generally live shorter lives.

However, with proper care and preventative maintenance, you can help your dog stay happy and healthy for a long time.

Weight plays an important role in how long your dog will be around.

The average lifespan of a small-sized dog is between 13 and 17 years old.

Whereas medium dogs usually live from 10 to 15 years old, and large breeds tend to die around 7 or 8 years old.

 

Tips to help your dog live longer

Keep your dog in tip-top shape.

Just like humans, dogs are at greater risk of health problems as they age.

Preventative care for your pet can help alleviate many issues that come with old age, and keep your pup running around for years to come.

Here are some tips to help your dog live longer.

Watch his weight.

Older dogs tend to pack on pounds more easily than their younger counterparts, so be sure to monitor their diet closely.

Perform regular checkups.

Older pets often have trouble digesting food properly and could benefit from increased vitamins or supplements (talk to your vet about what might work best).

Make him an exercise buddy.

Regular walks or games of fetch can not only be fun for you both but also a great exercise for him—which will keep him healthy and strong!

Take him to doggy daycare.

If he’s used to being alone all day while you’re at work, consider taking him to a doggy daycare facility where he can socialize with other dogs and get plenty of exercise.

Be careful when buying treats.

Be careful when buying treats for your older pooch—they may contain high amounts of sugar or salt which could contribute to weight gain.

Instead opt for low-calorie treats made specifically for senior dogs.

Brush his teeth regularly.

A clean mouth is a happy mouth. And because plaque buildup tends to increase as we age.

It’s important to brush your dog’s teeth regularly.

Consider adopting another dog.

According to research published by Kansas State University, adopting another canine companion is one of the most effective ways to keep aging dogs active and engaged.

They even suggest getting two puppies if you want them both to stay young at heart!

Talk to your vet about medication.

As dogs age, they may need certain medications to control pain or mobility issues.

It’s important to talk with your veterinarian before making any changes to medication regimens.

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