(Closed) They say smaller dogs live longer then larger dogs, but……

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

My sister’s cat died at age 26!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My Fiance had a huge newfoundland mix who lived to 15…she was “supposed” to die before 10. My little man now is a small guy and he’s 4.5. I got him when I was 24 and told him he had to live until I was at least 40…going strong so far!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012
Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Earlybride:  I had a black lab mix who lived until he was 17.  I feel they certainly beat the odds when they are truly loved as humans love one another.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it depends on the breed… unfortunately I have 2 great danes.  They will be lucky to make it over 10.  I’m hopeful that with advances in human medicine we will have advances in veterinary medicine as well.  They can repair ACLs & replace hips.  I have a mutt as well and since she is a medium sized mixed breed her life expectancy is significantly higher than the danes.  When I get upset at them for getting into trouble, I remind myself that these are the things I will miss when they are gone & it really helps me be more patient.  Love them while you have them- it is never long enough!!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Dogs are the same as people pretty much, saty healthy and active and live longer.

I think generally larger dogs have shorter life spans because they are more prone to hip and back problems.  We had an Alsation who was put to sleep at the ripe old age of 15, which I believe is old for that breed.  In the end the arthritis in his hips was so bad he found it hard to walk.  It was heart breaking.  Then compared with my West Highland White Terrier who passed away in his sleep at the age of 18.

My FIs Miniature Foxie passed away in her sleep at the age of 12.  But in her old age she was a lap dog who wanted to snuggle or sleep in her kennel and she only ran around the yard to have a “bitch” at the younger dogs.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We have/had 2 bichon frise doggies.  One just died at age 15. The other one apparently isn’t sulking at all and is acting like a puppy again. She turns 15 in november.  We were told by the vet that they normally live to 12, but that taking them down to Florida when my parents moved would extend their lives a bit since they wouldn’t have to deal with the harsh winters.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

On average, smaller dogs do have longer lifespans than larger dogs.

However, some breeds of tend to be longer or shorter lived than other dogs their size. And of course, there are always the outliers.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@DaneLady:  My dane is only 20 months old but I constantly get asked why I would want a dog with such a short life expectancy. Because I wouldn’t trade 10 years with my Dane for 20 years with any other dog! But you said it perfectly – even if your dog lives years past when he’s “supposed to” it will never be enough!

This story always chokes me up.

 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@Earlybride:  I have an uncle with a 19 year old basset hound… she/he was a hermaphrodite hahahah

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I hope my girls live to be a million. I will be devastated when they go =(

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I keep telling Darling Husband that I will out live our pups and he just shakes his head at me.  I am in a total state of denial that they will ever grow old or die.  I do have to say that my son had a guinea pig that was 9 when she finally passed and they are only supposed to live four years from what the vet said.  She was very well taken care of and very well loved. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We adopted a cat when I was 11 – and tried to make him an indoor cat –  but he was not having it (started peeing on the floor next to the doors).  So he goes out during the day and comes in at night, and the vet said he would “never make it past 10, if that”.

 

He turns 18 in a few months and is the best cat ever.   🙂

 

(disclaimer – still better to keep your cats inside, but he didn’t give us an option, and my parents live out in the burbs with a huge yard)

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have a miniature dachshund who is turning 17 in May.  Typical for the breed is 12-14 years.

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