Do Small Dogs Live Longer Than Large Dogs?

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How long do some popular dog breed or “big” dogs live?

Here are some general guidelines the lifespan of some popular dog breeds.

  • 7-10 years: Great Dane, Newfoundland, Cavalier King Charles spaniel
  • 9-11 years: St. Bernard, Bloodhound, chow chow, boxer
  • 10-13 years: Airedale terrier, Dalmatian, golden retriever, German shepherd

How long do small and medium breed dogs live?

Here are some general guidelines for small and medium breed dogs:

  • 12-15 years: Beagle, bichon frise, Collie, Doberman, Papillon, Pomeranian
  • 14-16 years: Boston terrier, cairn terrier, cocker spaniel, Welsh corgi, Irish setter, Parson Russell terrier, Maltese terrier, Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, West Highland White Terrier, Yorkshire terrier
  • 15-18 years: Dachshund, poodle (miniature and toy), Chihuahua

For more details on life expectancy based on the type of dog, go to Life Span of Common Dog Breeds.

We hope this gives you more information on why small dogs live longer than large dogs.





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