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When is a Dog Considered Senior?

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Pets age much faster than we do. The life span of a dog depends on its size or breed. In general, the larger the breed or size of the dog, the shorter the life span. For example, in a study of lifespans, only 13% of giant breed dogs lived to be over 10 years old. Conversely, 38% of small breed dogs live to be over 10 years of age.

Dogs are considered senior in the last 25% of their lives. Below is a list of the most common breeds with their life expectancies and age at which they are considered "senior".

When your dog is senior, make sure they have a senior check-up with your veterinarian.

BreedLifespanSenior Years
Affenpinscher12 - 15 years9 - 11 years
Afghan Hound10 - 12 years7.5 - 9 years
Airdale Terrier10 - 13 years7.5 - 10 years
Akita10 - 12 years7.5 - 9 years
Alaskan Malamute8 - 10 years6 - 7.5 years
American Eskimo13 years9.5 - 10 years
American Foxhound10 - 12 years7.5 - 9 years
American Staffordshire Terrier10 - 12 years7.5 - 9 years
American Water Spaniel12 - 15 years9 - 11 years
Anatolian Sheepdog12 - 13 years9 - 10 years
Australian Cattle Dog12 - 15 years9 - 11 years
Australian Shepherd12 - 13 years9 - 10 years
Australian Terrier15 years11 years
Basenji13 - 14 years9 - 10.5 years
Basset Hound10 - 12 years7.5 - 9 years
Beagle14 - 15 years10.5 - 11 years
Bearded Collie10 - 13 years7.5 - 10 years
Beauceron10 - 12 years7.5 - 9 years
Bedlington Terrier13 - 15 years9 - 11 years
Belgian Malinois12 - 14 years9 - 10.5 years
Belgian Sheepdog12 - 14 years9 - 10.5 years
Belgian Tervuren12 - 14 years9 - 10.5 years
Bernese Mountain Dog8 - 10 years6 - 7.5 years
Bichon Frise12 - 15 years9 - 11 years
Black and Tan Coonhound10 - 12 years7.5 - 9 years
Black Russian Terrier10 - 11 years7.5 - 8 years
Bloodhound9 - 11 years6.5 - 8 years
Border collie11 - 14 years8 - 10.5 years
Border Terrier13 - 15 years9 - 11 years
Borzoi10 - 12 years7.5 - 9 years
Boston Terrier14 - 16 years10.5 - 12 years
Bouvier Des Flandres8 - 10 years6.5 - 7.5 years
Boxer9 - 11 years6.5 - 8 years
Briard10 - 13 years7.5 - 10 years
Brittany12 - 14 years9 - 10.5 years
Brussels Griffon12 - 15 years9 - 11 years
Bull Dog8 - 10 years6 - 7.5 years
Bull Terrier14 - 15 years10.5 - 11 years
Bullmastiff8 - 10 years6 - 7.5 years
Cairn Terrier14 - 16 years10.5 - 12 years
Canaan Dog12 - 15 years9 - 11 years
Cardigan Welsh Corgi14 - 16 years10.5 - 12 years
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel12 years9 years
Chesapeake Bay Retriever12 - 13 years9 - 10 years
Chihuahua15 - 18 years11 - 13 years
Chinese Crested12 - 16 years9 - 12 years
Chinese Shar Pei10 - 12 years7.5 - 9 years
Chow Chow9 - 11 years6.5 - 8 years
Clumber Spaniel12 - 13 years9 - 10 years
Cocker Spaniel-American14 - 16 years10.5 - 12 years
Cocker Spaniel-English14 - 16 years10.5 - 12 years
Collie12 - 15 years9 - 11 years
Curly Coated Retriever8 - 12 years6 - 9 years



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