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Old 08-07-2008, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I sure hope my beagle lives to be 18 1/2!!! That would make me so happy. He's about 8-9 now.

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The oldest dog I ever had lived to 18 1/2. She was a beagle. Right now I have a mini poodle that turned 16 in June and a standard Am. Eskimo that is 16. I did read somewhere lately that the average lifespan of purebred dogs has decreased during the last decade or so, attributed to genetic problems due to inbreeding. Don't know if that's true, but it seems plausible.
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Old 08-08-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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Yes I got it that is was 141 divided by 2 but 70.5 years old. Is she using "doggie" years?
I believe she just didn't space and meant 14 1/2 years. That seems logical to me. It's just a typo I'm sure.
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Florida
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bigger dogs live shorter lives ...more to keep going.
Our collie lived 16 years(76 pound dog) BUT she swam every day of her life except the last two years.
the more excercise the better
our current do will live forever ...I asked God for him too and He didn't say no =)
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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My grandma had a cockapoo live to be 21 unbelievably. This was way before the "designer" mixed breeds came into poularity. after that she had a cocker spaniel live to be 18 and she broke her back at age 3 and didn't have full use of her back legs her entire life. I hope my guys live to be that old! I have two adopted pug mixes, one is 2 and one is 6.
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:17 PM
 
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My aunt had a mutt that died at 18. As a kid I remember one of my friends dogs that we all grew up with. She was a fox terrier mix and lived to the ripe old age of 22.
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:24 PM
 
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My mutts have lived to be 13 years old (Border Collie X), 15 years old (Golden X) and currently we have a Lab X that is around 16 years old.
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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My first GSD lived to 10-1/2 years. We had to put her down because of a heart problem, making it hard for her to breathe. To give you an idea of how things have changed, had she been born 5-10 years later, her heart condition would have been treated and she could have lived another 2-4 years. My second GSD lived to he was 13 years old. We considered the last three years to be a bonus because we almost lost him to gastric torsion at age 10.
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Old 08-09-2008, 04:18 PM
 
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The three mutts I grew up with (border collie, spaniel-type mixes) lived to be 15 and 16. One got hit by a car at age 13 but was in great health.
I have mixes who are roughly between 35-55 pounds. I expect them all to live to be about 15 or so. My cattle dog was 17 (the famous Ezra) and one corgi-border collie died at 11 of a rare liver failure.
Overall, I expect my mutts to live to be about 15 or so.
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Where I want to be!
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My mutt (a rescue) was over a yr when we got her, started life rough and lived to be 18. She was attacked by my 5 yr old lab and we had to put her down. He ripped her throat wide open and she couldnt take surgery otherwise she was in pretty decent health. My friend put her yellow lab down last yr at the age of 21 because she couldnt get around from the severity of artheritis (sp/) plus she was having bowel problems
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:58 PM
 
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My first dog was a beagle, lived to be 15. Had to be put down due to kidney failure, broke my heart. Beagles are the best dogs in the world. Wasn't planning on getting another dog but last year took in a rescue (Shepherd mix). Subconsciously expecting same type of personality, was I in for a rude awakening. Sam is a good dog but more dominant and less cuddly. Live and learn.
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