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

 

 

BreedLifespanSenior Years
Dachshund15 – 18 years11 – 13 years
Dalmatian10 – 13 years7.5 – 10 years
Dandie Dinmont Terrier13 – 14 years9 – 10.5 years
Doberman Pinscher12 – 15 years9 – 11 years
English Foxhound10 years7.5 – 10.5 years
English Setter10 – 14 years7.5 – 10.5 years
English Springer Spaniel12 – 14 years9 – 10.5 years
English Toy Spaniel10 – 12 years7.5 – 9 years
Field Spaniel10 – 12 years7.5 – 9 years
Finnish Spitz12 – 15 years9 – 11 years
Flat Coated Retriever10 – 12 years7.5 – 9 years
Fox Terrier – Smooth13 – 14 years9 – 10.5 years
Fox Terrier – Wirehair13 – 14 years9 – 10.5 years
French Bulldog9 – 11 years6.5 – 8 years
German Pinscher12 – 14 years9 – 10.5 years
German Shepherd Dog10 – 13 years7.5 – 10 years
German Shorthaired Pointer12 – 14 years9 – 10.5 years
German Wirehaired Pointer12 – 14 years9 – 10.5 years
Giant Schnauzer10 – 12 years7.5 – 9 years
Glen Imaal Terrier12 – 15 years9 – 11 years
Golden Retriever10 – 13 years7.5 – 10 years
Gordon Setter12 – 13 years9 – 10 years
Great Dane9 – 10 years6.5 – 7.5 years
Great Pyrenees8 – 10 years6 – 7.5 years
Great Swiss Mountain Dog10 – 13 years7.5 – 10 years
Greyhound10 – 12 years7.5 – 9 years
Harrier10 – 12 years7.5 – 9 years
Havanese13 – 15 years9 – 11 years
Ibizan Hound12 years9 years
Irish Setter14 – 16 years10.5 – 12 years
Irish Terrier12 – 15 years9 – 11 years
Irish Water spaniel10 – 12 years7.5 – 9 years
Irish Wolfhound6 – 8 years4.5 – 6 years
Italian Greyhound12 – 15 years9 – 11 years
Japanese Chin12 – 14 years9 – 10.5 years
Keeshond12 – 15 years9 – 11 years
Kerry Blue Terrier14 – 16 years10.5 – 12 years
Komondor12 years9 – 11 years
Kuvasz11 – 14 years8 – 10.5 years
Labrador Retriever10 – 13 years7.5 – 10 years
Lakeland Terrier12 – 15 years9 – 11 years
Lhasa Apso15 years11 years
Lowchen10 – 15 years7.5 – 11 years
Maltese14 – 16 years10.5 – 12 years
Manchester Terrier – Standard & Toy13 – 14 years9 – 10.5 years
Mastiff8 – 10 years6 – 7.5 years
Miniature Bull Terrier10 – 12 years7.5 – 9 years
Miniature Pinscher15 years11 years
Miniature Schnauzer14 – 16 years10.5 – 12 years
Mix Breed – 1-15 pounds15 – 18 years11 – 13 years
Mix Breed – 16-40 pounds11 – 14 years8 – 10.5 years
Mix Breed – 41-75 pounds8 – 13 years6 – 9 years
Mix Breed >75 pounds7 – 11 years5 – 8 years

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