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How long do dogs live? What is the life expectancy of a dog and what does it depend on? All about the life expectancy of dogs . Do mongrels live longer than purebred dogs? How Much Do Little Dogs Live? If you want to find out how old your dog is in terms of human years, be sure to read the article. What affects the life expectancy of a quadruped.

What determines the dog’s life expectancy?

The dog is man’s best friend. Every loving owner would like his pet to live as long as possible. What can we do to help our dog stay healthy and long-lived?

A dog’s life span is influenced by many factors, such as a healthy, balanced diet tailored to the animal’s needs, the right amount of exercise, genetics, systematic visits to the vet, and even avoiding stressful situations.

The development of veterinary medicine means that we are able to detect diseases and treat our animals earlier. Thanks to this, the life expectancy of our four-legged friends has increased, now it is around 10-13 years.

Dog years and human years – how to calculate the dog’s age?

We cannot accurately calculate how old a given dog is. Animals develop at different rates, in particular the size of the dog, as well as its breed.

When the dog turns one year old, he is about 16 human years old. Then one psi year is assumed to be 5 human years for small dogs, 6 years for medium dogs, and 7 years for large dogs. Let us remember, however, that this is a considerable simplification. Dogs of a similar size may develop differently and mature at different times.

Life expectancy of the most popular dog breeds

Purebred dogs live, on average, shorter than mixed breeds, due to the breed’s existing genetic conditions. Dog Life Expectancy By Breed:

  • Shih tzu: 10-16 lat
  • Chihuahua: 12-20 lats
  • German Shepherd: 11-13 years
  • Maltese: 15-20 years
  • Yorkshire terrier: 13-16 lat
  • Bernese Mountain Dog: 7-9 years
  • Siberian Husky: 12-15 years
  • Border collie: 10-17 lat
  • Boo: 12-16 lat
  • Jack Russel Terrier: 13-16 years old
  • Golden Retriever: 12-14 lat
  • Labrador: 11-13 lats
  • Doberman: 10-13 lat

How much does a dog live by size?

Indeed, from the above information on the lifespan of dogs for each breed, small and medium-sized dogs live longer than large dogs. Why is this happening? It is not known exactly. However, many experts argue that the faster aging of dogs of larger breeds may be due to their rapid and intensive development and growth, which later results in lower immunity and susceptibility to cancer. Large dogs also move less, small breeds stay fit longer and are more active.

How much do dogs with disease live?

Injuries and illnesses in dogs can shorten their life. What about serious or incurable diseases?

Chronic renal failure
It is one of the most common diseases of the urinary system in pets. Older dogs are especially affected. Symptoms of this condition are apathy, increased thirst, haematuria, and weight loss. Kidney failure is an incurable disease that shortens a pet’s life. When detected quickly, however, it increases the chances of enjoying the moments shared with our pet for a long time.

Anaplasmosis
Anaplasmosis is a disease that is transmitted by ticks. Some dogs are asymptomatic, but when immunocompromised, they may experience apathy, high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and limp due to joint pain. With constant veterinary care, the dog’s life expectancy will not decrease significantly.

Spleen
cancer Spleen cancer can be malignant or benign and affects mainly middle-aged dogs, most often large breeds. The detected malignant tumor unfortunately significantly shortens the life of our four-legged friend. Symptoms include apathy, lack of appetite, vomiting, and a thickening of the abdominal cavity.

How to determine the age of a dog?

We don’t always know how old the dog is. When we adopt a dog from a shelter, we usually don’t know the date of its birth. In this case, a veterinarian comes to the rescue. The vet can determine the age of your dog based on the condition of its dentition. In puppies, milk teeth erupt around 3 weeks. Between 4 and 6 weeks of age, canines, incisors and molars develop. The 8-week-old dog already has a full set of milk teeth. Premolars appear around month 4 and are permanent teeth right away. By 7 months, your puppy should have all permanent teeth. In a 4-year-old dog, tartar begins to develop, while in an 8-year-old dog, the canines begin to wear off.

The longest-lived dog in the world

Bluey, that was the name of one of the longest-lived dogs in the world. He was born on June 30, 1910, died on November 14, 1939, lived 29 years and 160 days. He entered the Guinness Book of Records, but his age is not scientifically documented. Bluey was an Australian Shepherd Dog, having spent his life working with sheep and cattle.

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