Dog average life spans

Dog ownership is one of the great joys of life. Our furry friends provide us with unconditional love, companionship, and more smiles than can possibly be counted. However, we must also be aware of how long dogs live for? Of course, there is no way to specifically answer that question when it comes to a particular individual, but averages are available for many well known breeds.

For mixed breed dogs, owners can use an individual’s weight to help determine how long he or she would be expected to live. In general, small dogs enjoy longer lives than do their larger counterparts. But average life expectancy isn’t the whole story. The very definition of ‘average’ means that many individuals will have shorter lifespans while others can be expected to live much longer than the norm.

Average Life Expectancy by Breed

Afghan Hound 12 dog years

Airedale Terrier 11 dog years

Akita 10 dog years

Australian Shepherd 12 dog years

Basset Hound 11 dog years

Beagle 12 dog years

Bearded Collie 12 dog years

Bernese Mountain Dog 8 dog years

Bichon Frise 12 dog years

Border Collie 13 dog years

Boston Terrier 11 dog years

Boxer 9 dog years

Brittany Spaniel 13 dog years

Bull Terrier 10 dog years

Bulldog 6 dog years

Bullmasiff 8 dog years

Cairn Terrier 14 dog years

Cardigan Welsh Corgi 13 dog years

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 11 dog years

Chow Chow 9 dog years

Cock Spaniel 11 dog years

Collie 11 dog years

Dachshund 13 dog years

Dalmatian 11 dog years

Doberman 10 dog years

English Setter 12 dog years

French Bulldog 9 dog years

German Shepherd 10 dog years

Pointer 11 dog years

Giant Schnauzer 10 dog years

Golden Retriever 12 dog years

Great Dane 7 dog years

Great Pyrenees 9 dog years

Greyhound 9 dog years

Irish Setter 12 dog years

Irish Wolfhound 7 dog years

Jack Russell Terriers 14 dog years

Keeshond 12 dog years

Labrador Retriever 12 dog years

Lhaso Apso 14 dog years

Maltese 12 dog years

Mastiff 7 dog years

Miniature Dachsund 14 dog years

Miniature Poodle 14 dog years

Miniature Schnauzer 12 dog years

Newfoundland 9 dog years

Old English Sheepdog 11 dog years

Pekingese 12 dog years

Pembroke Welsh Corgi 12 dog years

Pomeranian 10 dog years

Pug 11 dog years

Rottweiler 9 dog years

Saint Bernard 9 dog years

Samoyed 12 dog years

Shetland Sheepdog 13 dog years

Shih Tzu 13 dog years

Staffordshire Bull Terrier 12 dog years

Standard Poodle 12 dog years

Toy Poodle 13 dog years

Weimaraner 10 dog years

West Highland White Terrier 13 dog years

Whippet 13 dog years.

Advertisements