Dogs with the Longest Lifespans

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Which are the dogs with the longest lifespans?  One of the downsides of dog ownership is that we humans typically outlive our dogs, making this a natural question.  According to pets.webmd.com, the smaller the dog, the longer the lifespan.  The weight factors in more heavily than the height.  Females also tend to live a bit longer.  Below they share interesting research and average lifespans of the most popular breeds.  Dogs with the longest lifespans include Chihuahuas, Maltese, and Miniature Schnauzers.

Nearly 40% of small breed dogs live longer than 10 years, but only 13% of giant breed dogs live that long. The average 50-pound dog will live 10-12 years. But giant breeds such as great Danes or deerhounds are elderly at 6-8 years.

Kimberly Greer, PhD, an assistant professor at the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Indiana University East, co-authored a study that showed that dogs weighing less than 30 pounds lived the longest. The study analyzed data from more than 700 dogs in 77 breeds…

Dog Life Span: How Popular Breeds Stack Up

Here is a list of the American Kennel Club’s 20 most popular dog breeds from 2008 and their average life span, according to The World Atlas of Dog Breeds.

Labrador retriever — 10 to 14 years

Yorkshire terrier — 12 to 15 years

German Shepherd dog — 10 to 14 years

Golden retriever — 10 to 12 years

Beagles — 12 to 14 years

Boxers — 11 to 14 years

Dachshunds — 12 to 14 years

Bulldogs — 10 to 12 years

Poodles — 10 to 15 years

Shih Tzu — 11 to 15 years

Miniature Schnauzers — 15 years or more

Chihuahuas — 15 years or more

Pomeranians — 13 to 15 years

Rottweilers — 10 to 12 years

Pugs — 12 to 15 years

German shorthaired pointers — 12 to 15 years

Boston terriers — about 15 years

Doberman Pinschers — 10 to 12 years

Shetland Sheepdogs — 12 to 14 years

Maltese — 15 years or more

Enjoy the full article here.  In which breeds have you found the dogs with the longest lifespans?  Do you have a story where your pet beat the averages?

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Nancy's childhood pet was a Sheltie named Sheba. Nancy enjoyed obedience training and showing Sheba, who while purebred, was not competitive to show under confirmation. Her father bred and showed Chihuahua's. Currently, Nancy enjoys her sister's five mutts and her friends' dogs. She is an independent health insurance agent and editor of www.idtheftrampage.com.

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  1. Today is Feb. 4, 2016. We have a Purebred Siberian Husky Named “Cody”. We got her at 2 1/2 months old. She was all white with a touch of Caramel color on the edges of her ears & she Had THEE Bluest eyes I have EVER seen on ANY dog, & MOST people! She was BEAUTIFUL!! We got her basically for my fiancé so she wouldn’t be alone at night when I worked. Cody was HER 1st dog she ever owned & the two of them were VERY much alike! BOTH could be VERY stubborn!! They loved each other VERY MUCH & that was their bond! I was looked at as the “Alpha Dog”. Cody looked to me to “Take care of her” when something was wrong with her. She was an AMAZING & VERY LOVING dog. She was our “Child”….. We JUST “Put her Down”. It was THEE hardest thing I”ve ever done. I didn’t think it would “HIT” me like it has & DID! It happened yesterday. Cody was 17 1/2 yrs. old…..I STILL have NOT stopped crying, or welling up with tears. I am 59 yrs. old & have owned 9 dogs in my life & NEVER had to “Put Down” ANY of my dogs. They ALL died naturally. I MISS “Cody”. She was a Beautiful & Loving & Wonderful Dog….& FRIEND…….

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  3. My family adopted a six week old golden/cocker mix runt in march of 1989 when I was 18. His birthdate was jan 20. On jan 23 of 2010 I buried him with a few of his 100’s of tennis balls. I was 39 then…. The the math is easy, and yes he had a few sips of wine (legally I may add) to help him off to his final nap. What a great pup. “Sparky”

  4. My Brittany has just past after 19 1/2 years. The last 3 years were hard as her vision, hearing and house training were in decline. She did not pass due to any one issue, she was just a very old gal. The last 3 years were hard but she gave me 19 1/2 of love and I did her.

  5. My female Jack Russell Terrier died in 2011 just a month shy of 16 and my older male JRT will be 16 in April. She had had a stroke, but my male is in pretty good health, so he may last longer than she did. He still plays like a puppy!

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