How Long Do Dogs Live?

How Long Do Dogs Live

Overall Lifespan of Dogs

Dogs are the mammals that have actually become the best friends of men. The scientific name of the domestic dog is Canis lupus.

Age is inevitable, and the changes occur in every organism as it ages. The average lifespan of a dog is 11-15 years, which is much lesser than that of a man. Different breeds of dogs have different life spans.

Ageing in Dogs


Larger dogs live for the lesser number of years, and the smaller dogs live longer. The smaller dogs show an average lifespan of 15 years, whereas the larger sized dogs live for around 8-10 years.

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Age changes in dogs occur with easily visible signs that are listed:

  • Hearing ability is reduced
  • Sight gets compromised
  • Lower energy levels and dullness
  • Joint disorders and arthritis
  • Loss of appetite and upset abdomen

Some breeds of dogs also show the appearance of grey hair as they age; a few shows skin changes as well.

Life Spans of Various Dog Breeds

  • Irish Wolf Hound lives for around 6 years
  • Bulldog lives for around 7 years.
  • Bullmastiff lives for around 8-9 years.
  • Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher live for around 9.6 years.

Dogs With 10 Years Lifespan

English Toy Spaniel, Norfolk Terrier, Weimaraner, German Shepherd and Flat Coated Retriever.

Dogs With 11 Years Lifespan

Airedale Terrier, English Cocker Spaniel, Samoyed, English Setter, Gordon setter, Irish setter, Rajapalayam Hound, Old English Sheepdog and Welsh Corgi.

Dogs With 12 Years Lifespan

Labrador Retriever, Afghan Hound, German Shorthaired Pointer, American Staffordshire Terrier, Basset Hound, West Highland White Terrier, Bearded Collie, Dachshund, Golden Retrievers, Irish Red and White Setter, Rough Collie, Scottish Terrier, Standard Poodle, Vizsla and Yorkshire Terrier.

Dogs With 13 Years Lifespan

13 is the average number of years the following breeds live: Beagle, Border Collie, Cairn Terrier, Chow Chow, English Springer Spaniel, Greyhound, Jack Russel Terrier, Dalmatian, Mongrel, Pekingese, Shetland Sheepdog, Soft Coated Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier.

Dogs With 14 Years LifeSpan

Bedlington Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Poodle, Pomeranian, Shiba Inu, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tibetan Terrier and Toy Poodle.

Factors That Affect the Life Span of Dogs

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Diseases
  • Accidents and traumatic injuries
  • Size of the dog
  • Health care

Dog and Human Years


Human year, as the name depicts, is a time unit as per the human calendar of 365 days a year.

A dog year is a proportion as per dog’s life. For example, as per human years, a dog is six years old and in dog years, it would be around 40 years of age.

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This system is based on the dogs’ size and breed. As per the weight of the particular breed, the dog years vary.

One human year, the first year is usually equal to 10-15 dog years.

Dogs are the best pets and cheerful creatures that bring happiness and amusement in our lives. An owner should care for them as much as possible. Dogs always love, care, make you smile and keep you safe. Get a pet and learn how to love truly. Feel the right energy and zeal by adopting a dog. Take care of them.