Average lifespan?

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  1. Fallout

    Fallout Frisky Pup

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    What is the average lifespan for a cocker spaniel or Border Collie.... I have a cross of that and I was just wondering if anyone knew
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    most very large dogs lifespan is around 10 years st.benards,great danes and such
    large dogs like labs are doing good to see 14
    medium dogs a little longer somewhere inbetween small and large
    small dogs can live an incredibly long time..i have seen a 20 year old toy poodle
    that about it from my experience and reading
     
  3. Fallout

    Fallout Frisky Pup

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    my boy is around 12 years old he seems like hes got alot of years left in him, he's got the old dog cough lol but thats about it he's still got the energy of a puppy
     
  4. gaddylovesdogs

    gaddylovesdogs no touchy

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    Small dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. My Aunt's Poodle/Yorkie mix lived into his twenties! Larger breeds can live just as long as small breeds, but generally it's around fifteen years.
     
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    CreatureTeacher New Member

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    Also, don't forget that mixed breeds avoid a lot of the genetic diseases that shorten the lifespans of purebred dogs. Your boy could have 5 more years ahead of him!! What is it they say about the young at heart? :)
     
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    Fallout Frisky Pup

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    Well he did used to have a bump on his back it was there for quite some time at first we thought it might be cancer but then it started to go down and it went away, it was weird.
     
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    CreatureTeacher New Member

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    It was probably just a fat deposit. I'm not sure why they form, but they do sometimes go away on their own. It's a pretty common thing in dogs to have a little fatty lump on their back or side. Ugly, but not dangerous.
     
  8. Fallout

    Fallout Frisky Pup

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    k cool thanks, I didn't know what category to put him under he's not a small dog but he's not large. I guess small would have been the right choice.
     
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    Melissa S. New Member

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    My dog growing up...now just my parents' dog Molly is 13. She is a cocker/sheltie mix, which is close to your mix. :) She does have congenital heart disease and could go any day, but has lived a long life.
     
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    Fallout Frisky Pup

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    oh thats sad, sorry to hear that.
     
  11. BigDog2191

    BigDog2191 Big German Shepherd

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    I hear the average life span for most dogs is around 13 years, but of course, they are much longer at times.
     
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    darkchild16 We are Home.

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    it depends on the breed like great danes will live to be about 10 but greyhounds can ive to 14 it also depends on size
     
  13. milo

    milo Labrador lover!!!!!

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    theers a dog were i live and he is 14 years old but hes getting to the stage wer he cant propperly walk!! bless him!
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    I am getting ready to paint a 15 year old collie..he is an acient prince! the arthritis hurts him so tho. i am holding my breath on Mary dog's good health. We count each good day a blessing.
     
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    Renee750il Felurian

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    Remember, diet and lifestyle have a huge impact on a dog's lifespan, just like ours. Charley had a Bull Mastiff, Joe, who was around 5 years old when he rescued him according to the vet's estimate, and he had Joe for another 10 years or so!

    Oh, lol! I'm watching Shiva pat Bimmer on the head with her big ol' foot and I'm thinking her life span may not be so long if she doesn't cool it . . . :eek:
     
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    Lol Renee.
    Well..I think that is unfair for big dogs to live less then small ones...Well..that's life :(
     
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    I would say the average is 13 yrs. The dogs that I grew up with from a Lhasa to a Shepard/Lab mix lived to 12 or 13. Our Sabre (Shepard/Lab) got so bad with arthritis and heart disease, it was hard to see him even struggle with each day. My brother's dog, Taz (rottie/lab) was 12, however we believe he was poisened by one of the neighbors keeping wild animals out of their yard. But we will never know. He was such a loving teddybear :( I miss him alot.
     

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