Unfortunately there is no exact answer to this common question. This is because the actual lifespan of a dog depends on breed and size. Small breeds are dogs weighing <10kgs such as Dachshunds, Papillons and Chihuahuas. Dogs between 11-25kgs are considered medium sized breeds like Border Collies, Kelpies and Boxers. Large breeds are over 26kgs and up to 45kgs with giant breeds greater than 45kg. The German Shepherd is a large breed whereas an Irish Wolfhound is defined as a giant breed.
When it comes to working out how old a dog is in human years, most of us approximate by multiplying ‘dog years’ by seven. But this is deceiving as genetics, weight and environment influence the ageing process.
As dogs grow older however, their bodies become less able to cope with physical or environmental stress. Their immune systems become weaker, and they are may be more prone to developing certain diseases or conditions, including:
This is why regular visits with your veterinarian are important for the long-term health of your dog.
Increasing longevity may be achieved through a well balanced and good quality diet appropriate for the age and weight range of your dog. View the Purina range here.
Regular exercise and annual to ½ yearly check-ups with the vets will help ensure your dog lives life to the fullest potential.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.