Tuesday, April 25, 2023



The DOG is the best four-legged man's friend. This is unquestionable and so has been from the beginning of time. If he is also a PET, he is very likely a family member too, and we are tightly connected with him. When it dies, it is emotional, and sometimes we are dramatically experienced and nothing can replace us with the void we felt at the time.

The average age of DOGS is 10-13 years. So they live shorter than CATS. However, their life depends on: 

  • the BREED and size of the DOG 
  • genetics 
  • DOG living conditions 
  • nutritious quality 
  • health 
  • energy
  • happiness level 
  • physical activity  
  • movement 
  • mental stimulation  
  • regular veterinary examinations  
It has been found that SMALL DOG BREEDS live longer than LARGE ones, as well as MIXED BREEDS live longer than PUREBRED BREEDS. Here is one interesting thing, that shows that there are DOGS that have exceeded the average life span and experienced 27 human years, and those that exceeded the Guinness record with 29 human years experienced. Such is, for example, an AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD, Bluey. But it is certainly a rarity and, if we are DOG owners, we must be ready to outlive our PETS.

Before I start listing the LONGEST-RUNNING BREEDS and those who live the shortest, I will look back at the calculation of the DOG YEARS

There are several methods of calculating DOG YEARS
The most famous is the one that assumes that one year DOG is seven human years, as well as the method that the first year of the DOG counts as 1 human, and all the next 7 humans. 

Scientists, however, believe that their size and weight should be taken into account for DOG -YEARS
They are of the opinion that all DOGS, regardless of their weight in the first human year, have been experiencing for 15 years. Regardless of the greatness of the DOG

  • the two human years are 24 DOG YEARS
  • three humans - about 28 DOG YEARS, 
  • four - about 32 
  • five -about 36 DOG YEARS
  • the size of the dog is taken into account, only after 6 human years, so DOGS under 9 pounds with 6 human years will actually be about 40 years old  
  • DOGS above 23 kg will be about 45 years 
  • SMALL DOGS will have 56 DOG YEARS with 10 human years
  • LARGE DOGS will be at the age of 66 
The general calculation of DOG YEARS would approximately read 15+9+5. This would mean that in the first human year, they already have 15 DOG YEARS, in the second 9+ (24 years), and in the third 29 DOG YEARS. Each next year, it will increase by five. 

It is important to emphasize that scientists still do not know, why LARGE DOG BREEDS live shorter than SMALL ones. DOGS grow faster and more mature than humans, so their lifespan passes faster. Now that we have gained insights into calculating the years of our best four-legged friend, we can start a classification of the longest-running DOG BREEDS.

1. NEW GUINEA SINGING DOG (life span: 15-20 years)
According to the view of scientists, this relative of the AUSTRALIAN DINGO DOG arrived on the island of Nova Guinea 3500 years ago, was last seen in the wild in the 1970s, and was considered extinct. He was now found again in Papue's new Guinea hills. It is an ancient BREED that voters vote for - a mixture of wolf howling and whaling song, hence the name singing  DOG.

2. CHIHUAHUA (life span: 14-18 years)
I wrote about this BREED earlier on this blog, so those who are interested in details can be found here: 

3. BORDER COLLIE (life span: 10-17 years)
For those who want to know more is the post on this blog:

4. JACK RUSSEL TERRIER (life span: 13-16 years). The oldest DOG from this BREED is Meg, she is 25 years old and comes from Great Britain.

5. YORKSHIRE TERRIER (life span: about 15 years)

6. DACHSHUND (life expectancy: 12-16 years) 
One of the reasons for their longevity is probably the fact that it is a very healthy DOG BREED. The oldest DACHSHUND, Chanel, lived to be 21 years old.

7. POMERANIAN (life span: 12-16 years) 
One of the most famous and cutest DOGS in the world was undoubtedly a POMERANIAN named Boo, who had his own Facebook page. Sadly, Boo died in 2019 at the age of 12.

8. SHIH TZU (life span: 10-16 years)

9. AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG (lifespan: 13-15 years) 
From this BREED comes the world's oldest DOG ever. It was Bluey, who was over 29 years old and lived in the 20th century (1910-1939).

10. BEAGLE (life span: 12-15 years) 
I'm sure we all remember the cartoon with Snoopy the DOG. Well, this adorable DOG comes from the BEAGLE BREED that I also wrote about in this blog (https://www.catdogwrld.com/2022/02/medium-size-dog-breeds-srednje-veliki.html).    The oldest BEAGLE was 27 years old, his name was Butch, and he died in 2003.

11. SIBERIAN HUSKY (life span: 12-15 years) 
For those who want to know where they come from, read this blog post:

If you belong to those who get attached to their PETS, this list is for you. I am sure that you will find a DOG "to your liking" that will cheer you up day after day and love you unconditionally for many years, and in return will only ask for a little of your attention and time.                                                                                                                                      

The following is a list of DOG BREEDS THAT LIVE THE SHORTEST

  • DOGUE DE BORDEAUX - FRENCH MASTIFF (life span: 5-8 years)
  • BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG (life span: 6-8 years)
  • IRISH WOLFHOUND (life span: 6-10 years)
  • BORZOI (life span: 7-10 years)
  • LEONBERGER (life expectancy: 8-9 years)
  • NEAPOLITAN MASTIFF (life span: 8-10 years)
  • GREAT DANE (life span: 8-10 years)
  • BULLMASTIFF (lifespan: 8-10 years)
  • NEWFOUNDLAND - a gentle giant, due to its temperament (lifespan: 8-10 years)
  • SAINT BERNARD DOG (life span: 8-10 years)BREED which is also covered on this blog: https://www.catdogwrld.com/2021/02/dog-breeds-pasmine-pasa_22.html
  • ROTTWEILER (life span: 8-10 years)      
From all of the above, we can conclude that SMALLER DOGS live longer than LARGE BREEDS. So, love, take care, and cuddle your best four-legged friends while they are with you! Because when they leave, there will be a void that nothing can fill, especially if you knew you could have done more and you didn't.                                  

 "We take care of our pets as for ourselves."


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