Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How Old is Old for A Dog

They say "you can't teach an old dog new tricks", but when do we need to start thinking of a dog as "old"?

We all know that older dogs need special attention, but what consitutes "an old dog" can very. A great deal depends on the breed and overall health of your dog, and there is no one size fits all answer to the question "is my dog old?".

Dogs have been recorded as living in to there late teens and even early twenties, and there are unofficial reports of dogs living as old as 29 (human) years.

Life expectancy by dog breed


Accidents aside, life expectancy of dogs usually varies within a range. For example, a Beagle (average life expectancy 13.3 years) usually lives to around 12 - 15 years, and a Scottish Terrier (average life expectancy 12 years) usually lives to around 10 - 16 years.

A random-bred dog (also known as a mongrel) has an average life expectancy of 13.2 years in the USA .


Various statistics and dog life expectancy tables are available, but you might find the following table of average dog life expectancy by breed helpful (table compiled from various sources and indicative only).

Afghan Hound  Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12

Airedale Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 11.2

American Staffordshire Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.3

Basset Hound Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.8

Beagle Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13.3

Bearded Collie Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.3

Bedlington Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 14.3

Bernese Mountain Dog Average Life Expectancy in Years - 7

Border Collie Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13

Border Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13.8

Boxer Average Life Expectancy in Years - 10.4

Bull Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.9

Bulldog Average Life Expectancy in Years - 6.7

Bullmastiff Average Life Expectancy in Years - 8.6

Cairn Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13.2

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Average Life Expectancy in Years - 10.7

Chihuahua Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13

Chow Chow Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13.5

Cocker Spaniel Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.5

Dachshund Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.2

Dalmatian Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13

Doberman Pinscher Average Life Expectancy in Years - 9.8

English Cocker Spaniel Average Life Expectancy in Years - 11.8

English Setter Average Life Expectancy in Years - 11.2

English Springer Spaniel Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13

English Toy Spaniel Average Life Expectancy in Years - 10.1

Flat-Coated Retriever Average Life Expectancy in Years - 9.5

German Shepherd Average Life Expectancy in Years - 10.3

German Shorthaired Pointer Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.3

Golden Retrievers Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12

Gordon Setter Average Life Expectancy in Years - 11.3

Great Dane Average Life Expectancy in Years - 8.4

Greyhound Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13.2

Irish Red and White Setter Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.9

Irish Setter Average Life Expectancy in Years - 11.8

Irish Wolfhound Average Life Expectancy in Years - 6.2

Jack Russell Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13.6

Labrador Retriever Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.6

Lurcher Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.6

Miniature Dachshund Average Life Expectancy in Years - 14.4

Miniature Poodle Average Life Expectancy in Years - 14.8

Random-bred/Mongrel Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13.2

Norfolk Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 10

Old English Sheepdog Average Life Expectancy in Years - 11.8

Pekingese Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13.3

Pomeranian Average Life Expectancy in Years - 14.5

Rhodesian Ridgeback Average Life Expectancy in Years - 9.1

Rottweiler Average Life Expectancy in Years - 9.8

Rough Collie Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.2

Samoyed Average Life Expectancy in Years - 11

Scottish Deerhound Average Life Expectancy in Years - 9.5

Scottish Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12

Shetland Sheepdog Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13.3

Shiba Inu Average Life Expectancy in Years - 14

Shih Tzu Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13.4

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13.2

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 14

Standard Poodle Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12

Tibetan Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 14.3

Toy Poodle Average Life Expectancy in Years - 14.4

Vizsla Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.5

Weimaraner Average Life Expectancy in Years - 10

Welsh Corgi Average Life Expectancy in Years - 11.3

Welsh Springer Spaniel Average Life Expectancy in Years - 11.5

West Highland White Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.8

Wire Fox Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 13

Yorkshire Terrier Average Life Expectancy in Years - 12.8

1 comment:

  1. My dog is now 8 years old. I think he is still young for his age. I really wish he would live up to more than 20 years.

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