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Old 08-12-2008, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Why doesn't dogs live 20 and 30 years?


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Old 08-13-2008, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Medium-Large breeds live 11 to 14 years on average, Large to very large breeds live 8 to 12 years, smaller breeds generally 14 to 22.

Our first dog King was a terror poodle mix and lived to be 18 years old. A year before he died, we got two more terror poodle mixed brother and sister. The female lived to be short of 18 years and our most senior one, Huggie, was two months from turning 20. It is possible .

Taking care of your dog is important to almost guarantee a life and happy life. Regular check ups, good quality food and a warm place to live in the winter and cool one in the summer. All of our dogs have been indoor dogs.

As to your question, why don't they live to be 20...well they do and can. Now 30, well that is just not quite possible. It must be their body chemistry I suppose.

A bit off topic, but most people don't realize that a pigeon can live to be 20 as well in a controlled environment. Your basic feral pigeon will be lucky to make it 4 years due to having to fight off hazards such as hawks and finding their own food and water.

Any animal whether a dog, cat or bird should live a long life is taken care off.
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Lowlands
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Yep, the smaller the dog, the longer it lives.
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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Why doesn't dogs live 20 and 30 years?


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Chihuahuas and Jack Russells, particularly if they are very ill-tempered and unworkable, can live forever. It will feel like forever, anyway...
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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Chihuahuas and Jack Russells, particularly if they are very ill-tempered and unworkable, can live forever. It will feel like forever, anyway...
You're so funny!
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:02 AM
 
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My Poodle Chawawa mix is 16 years old. Only thing wrong with him he has to take thyroid meds. He is so presious I can not even tell you, very well behaved, no I did not train this baby its like he just falls in to place , they do not like to be alone , he watches tv and looks at his self in the mirror , it is a privalege to have this dog . I brush him a couple times a week, wipe around eyes, eye drops every morning. I feed him Instinct raw food. He will be loyal to you till the day you or he dies; it wil be undiscrible the day that happens. If you get one of these please don't leave them alone.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Medium-Large breeds live 11 to 14 years on average, Large to very large breeds live 8 to 12 years, smaller breeds generally 14 to 22.

Our first dog King was a terror poodle mix and lived to be 18 years old. A year before he died, we got two more terror poodle mixed brother and sister. The female lived to be short of 18 years and our most senior one, Huggie, was two months from turning 20. It is possible .

Taking care of your dog is important to almost guarantee a life and happy life. Regular check ups, good quality food and a warm place to live in the winter and cool one in the summer. All of our dogs have been indoor dogs.

As to your question, why don't they live to be 20...well they do and can. Now 30, well that is just not quite possible. It must be their body chemistry I suppose.

A bit off topic, but most people don't realize that a pigeon can live to be 20 as well in a controlled environment. Your basic feral pigeon will be lucky to make it 4 years due to having to fight off hazards such as hawks and finding their own food and water.

Any animal whether a dog, cat or bird should live a long life is taken care off.
wow, I don't know if I should be happy or sad about the longevity of the smaller dogs. I did know they live longer than our bigger 4 legged kids. Our oldest Springer Spaniel lived to be just under 15, but we had a couple others that died around 11 or 12. Our little guy (Shih Tzu) is about 10 and appears to have a lot of life left in him. I want him to live to be 20 and yet, because he was never house broken before we found him wandering on a busy street I think I will go nuts if I have to worry about his tinkling in the house for another 10 years. We have been told, if small dogs are not house broken when they are very young it will never happen. I keep telling him I am going to cut it all off if he doesn't get better, he doesn't believe me. As long as we are home and let him out he is fine (unless the weather sucks) but the minute we leave he says to himself: ok, they are gone, which corner of the bed should I use this time?
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:15 AM
 
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We have a history of long-lived dogs.

I had a peekapoo live for 22 years. My Labrador lived for 16 years. My husband's lab lived 15 years.

We're currently working on a basset hound mix who is 14 years old and still acts like a puppy.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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Growing up I had a medium sized dog that lived to 18
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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Why doesn't dogs live 20 and 30 years?


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I've had two dogs that lived past 20. Most of them have lived between 17-19 though. These are small to medium sized breeds that were fed primarily human food and real bones.
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