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Old 10-24-2016, 10:51 AM
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Anyone ever had a dog make it to thier late teens or early twenties??

I own several dogs and lurk on several dog forums. One thing that pops up again and again is how long these people's dogs seem to live. I've heard of small breeds/mixes making it anywhere from 18-22 and large breeds/mixes making it from 15-18.

My two past dogs barely made it past 10. One, a small mix, made it to 13 ,but had to be euthanized due to cancer and the other, a lab mix, made it to either 11 or 12, and just fell apart.
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:10 AM
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My last dog, a rat terrier mix, was 17 when we finally had to send him to doggie heaven. Small dogs live longer than big dogs generally.

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Old 10-24-2016, 11:13 AM
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My cousin just put down her 21-year old pomeranian this year.
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:15 AM
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Nope. The last one I had to euthanize was a large LabX who didn't make it to his ninth birthday. He had severe hip dysplasia, which was diagnosed shortly after I adopted him at nine months old. I knew he wasn't going to live a long life, but I didn't expect him to be in so much pain quite so young. Back yard breeders suck.

Before that my Rotti X made it to about 13, though her last few years she didn't do much more than eat, sleep and wander about the yard. Still wagged her tail and wanted her ball, right until the end.

Longest lived close to me was the boyfriend's old Shepherd/HuskyX, who was 15 or so when the time came. Definitely frail and elderly, but still getting around and being a dog until that point.

Oldest dog right now is a Malinois who is 11 and starting to show his age. Still runs and chases the ball and loves to go for walks, but has slowed down from the insanity of his prime years. Not sure how long he has...
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:17 AM
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Our 70lb. mixed breed made it to 15 1/2, and we had her from a puppy, so we are sure of her age. She was in excellent health until the last six weeks or so, when she began to slow down, and it was clear arthritis was catching up with her. She died in her sleep, without seizures or anything, just napping on her comfy bed.

We don't know what she was exactly: best guess was 1/2 Lab, 1/2 some kind of hound dog. She looked like a Lab at first blush, but then you realized she had jowls like a hound, longer ears than a Lab, bigger paws, and a very long back. She play-wrestled with much younger dogs, and ran around with seemingly boundless energy up until about 14.

She was a great dog.
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:43 AM
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Grew up with three bulldogs -- one died at 2 after minor surgery on her foot (never woke up); one died at 11, was put to sleep at home because he couldn't stand up or eat anymore; the last one died at 6 and a half just months after the older dog died -- she just keeled over all of a sudden, and we thought she died of a broken heart (probably literally as well as figuratively). No more dogs after that, though I'd like to get one once I have a house with a yard.
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Old 10-24-2016, 12:04 PM
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Little dogs seem to stick around longer (anecdotal evidence only). My little guy is just closing in on 10 right now, and is really spry.
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Old 10-24-2016, 01:02 PM
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Our baby Dog is a cocker spaniel mix that is over 20. We adopted her from a previous owner so not exactly sure, but she has been with us for 19 years. She has really slowed down but still wags her tail with enthusiasm if you call her.

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Old 10-24-2016, 01:11 PM
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My 105 pound male Samoyed made it to 15 1/2. He was healthy and gorgeous until the very end. He simply died of heart failure one day.
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Old 10-24-2016, 01:58 PM
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Our 85 pound Dalmatian / Lab mix made it to past 13, but we put her down at the first sign of her no longer being able to completely care for herself. She was fiercely independent and hated help from anyone, even her beloved Daddy, so watching her start to struggle after a stroke (and long-running Cushings), we felt it was time. She was becoming growly and incapacitated, so it was the right call, especially given my husband's own decking health. But it still felt way too soon. I miss them both so much.
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Old 10-24-2016, 02:05 PM
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My mom had a pack of Bichons (horrible, terrible dogs) that all lived waaaay too long, into their mid-teens. Good Riddance!
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Old 10-24-2016, 02:14 PM
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My sister's oldest Chihuahua is ~19. When she rescued him, the vet estimated him at around five years old and that's been 14 years now. She buried an 18 year old Chihuahua mix last year. Her younger ones will last well into her retirement at this rate.

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Old 10-24-2016, 02:36 PM
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I had The Best Dog Ever - Jake the Wonder Mutt - a large sighthound, maybe chart Polski. He was about 16 when he had to be put down in 2009. 80 pounds of sweet, smart pure love, and the only large dog I had that lived so long.

My mom's Elwood is probably 18 - he was a stray when my dad brought him home 14 years ago, and the vet estimated that he was 3-5 years old then. King Charles spaniel mix. Poor little guy is nearly blind, and has lost almost all of his teeth, and is still an ornery little cuss, but he's still going.

Most of my dogs have been large or giant breeds, and no, they don't live as long as the little ones. We lost Sebastian the Pyrenees to bone cancer when he was only about 5. Mojo the German Shepherd was about 11 when we had to put him down, due to neurological problems. My current Pyrenees/St. Bernard mix will be 5 in January, and she is definitely a middle aged lady. Any years with her past 9 or 10 will be considered a bonus...
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Old 10-24-2016, 02:40 PM
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I had a pair of Schipperkes that made it to 17. A brother and sister. They passed within 6 months of each other.

Oddly enough, today is the anniversary of when the boy (Simon) passed 4 years ago.
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Old 10-24-2016, 02:48 PM
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Folks had a yellow lab that lived to 13, border collie that made it to 12 (they overfed her to death.) And a collie/lab mix that made it to 15.

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Old 10-24-2016, 03:27 PM
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Our purebred Dalmatian almost made it to 15 years.
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Old 10-24-2016, 03:57 PM
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Purebred border collie lived to 18. All the rest of my dogs (3 Great Danes) all died between 6 and 8 years old. I have a pit mix right now that is 7 and appears to have just hit his prime.
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Old 10-24-2016, 04:34 PM
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We had a Dachshund who made it to just a month shy of 17.
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Old 10-24-2016, 05:19 PM
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My pups of choice are racing greyhounds which have a life expectancy of 12 - 15 years - longer than average for large dogs. I knew someone who had a greyhound that lived to 19 years.
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Old 10-24-2016, 05:22 PM
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My last dog, a rat terrier mix, was 17 when we finally had to send him to doggie heaven. Small dogs live longer than big dogs generally.
Same here - same breed, same age. Terriers are tough little dogs; I suspect Max would have lived another 6 months (maybe even a year) riddled with cancer, and would have barely showed it.

As soon as life settles back down to a reasonable pace, I'm headed to a shelter to look for another "feist." Love those dogs.
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Old 10-24-2016, 05:56 PM
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Ajax, my border collie/Pyranese mix, was about 18 or 19 when he died. Long life for such a big dog.
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Old 10-24-2016, 07:22 PM
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My sister had a mostly-Pomeranian rescue dog who was blind, and he lived to be about 16. <3 He was, no kidding, the cutest, most charming dog I have ever met.

Our childhood dog, who was of panoramic provenance but was mostly dachshund, also lived to be 16, although he really had no quality of life for the past few months. Finally, my dad agreed that he (the dog) needed to go over the Rainbow Bridge, and reluctantly took him to the vet to do the deed.

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Old 10-24-2016, 07:45 PM
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My recently departed Blackjack made it about 16 years. He was a 75 pound dog. I've had smaller and larger dogs before and none of them made it that far. He was remarkably healthy until the last couple of years.
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Old 10-24-2016, 07:54 PM
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Our last dog, who was likely a mix of a Cardigan Corgi and a Schipperke (around 25 pounds), made it to 17.
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:29 PM
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We had a Dalmatian-terrier mix who lived to be 18. Never sick a day in his life. He's been gone 27 years and I still miss him.
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:08 PM
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We had a Dachshund who made it to just a month shy of 17.
I have a 17 year old miniature dachshund. He's in good health for his age, but he's really slowed down. Lately he's even been having trouble with the one small stop from my front door to the porch. I had the same dog (also a miniature dachshund from first grade through my sophomore year of college; he finally had to be put down because he suffered a bunch of seizures and then a stoke.

Also, and I can't emphasise this enough, if you have ever to put the family dog to sleep it's a really, really bad idea to call your 19 year old son at college and break the news to him over the phone. I did not handle that well at all. I broke down crying on the phone & started screaming profanity (load enough to freak out my roommates) at my mother, smashed the phone against the wall, and got drunk enough to almost end up in the ER. It was bad on my mother's end to because she was already distraught when she called me, then had to listed to me have a breakdown, then had line suddenly drop, and me not answer my phone for over a day. I never told her about the alcohol poisoning part.
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:46 PM
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Male beagle made it to 18.
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Old 10-25-2016, 12:26 AM
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My female chow chow turned 15 in July. She is definitely showing her age and has declined a lot over the last year but she still has some fight in her.
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Old 10-25-2016, 01:55 AM
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We had a dog that lived to be about 18, or 19. He was a small to medium sized mutt. We got him when I was in first or second grade and he died when I was like 27 or 28,
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Old 10-25-2016, 03:00 AM
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My own most long-lived dog lasted till age 13, and I only got her when she was already 8, so I only had five years with her. She was a beagle-dachshund mix.

A friend had a toy poodle who lived to 22 and a standard poodle who lived to be 16 even though he had epilepsy most of his life.

My next-door neighbor has a toy dachshund (or miniature, or anyway not full-sized) who is 17.
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Old 10-25-2016, 03:04 AM
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My own most long-lived dog lasted till age 13, and I only got her when she was already 8, so I only had five years with her. She had a tough life and was neglected and overfed when I got her, but I fixed the fat-dog part of that. She was a beagle-dachshund mix.

A friend had a toy poodle who lived to 22 and a standard poodle who lived to be 16 even though he had epilepsy most of his life.

My next-door neighbor has a toy dachshund (or miniature, or anyway not full-sized) who is 17.
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Old 10-25-2016, 03:06 AM
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My miniature schnauzer made it to a couple months past 14. A few weeks ago I was in Ireland and met a retired sheepdog that was 19 and while obviously elderly, still got around. That's the oldest dog I ever knowingly encountered.

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Old 10-25-2016, 06:17 AM
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I had a Dalmatian (purebred) who I had to have PTS at 18 because of an inoperable tumor.

I've had very elderly Labs (also purebred), one was 15 and the other 16.

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Old 10-25-2016, 07:21 AM
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My baby girl Ember -- she was an Aussie Shepard/Border Collie Mix -- passed just shy of 17. Her body basically gave out, according to our vet.

Our first malamute, Missy, passed at 14, which is very old for that breed. She'd beaten cancer twice and, like Ember, her body just gave out.
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Old 10-25-2016, 07:41 AM
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We had to put down a 21-year old mix, half dachshund, half beagle. He was deaf and cranky but happily did his daily routine. I got him when I was three, and named him Alvin after my favorite TV character.

I was 24 when we put him down.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:45 AM
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When we got Fido (my first and perhaps best dog), I was two-and-change years old and he was a little collie-mutt pup.

Nineteen years later, the old feller died peacefully on our back porch. I'd already left home by then but I was visiting when it happened. I cried, too.

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Old 10-27-2016, 02:01 PM
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Our big collie guy, Jack, turns 14 next week. Knock on wood, he's in excellent physical and mental shape.

Our medium border collie, Scout, turned 12 in August. Also in excellent shape, she runs a few miles every day chasing tennis balls.
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Old 10-27-2016, 02:18 PM
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My dog who I still miss terribly that I lost in January was 17. She would have turned 18 next month.
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Old 10-27-2016, 05:10 PM
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The dog I have now is 15. Mostly blind and deaf, but he gets around. Two weeks ago I thought he didn't have much longer, but now he's back to what is normal for him.

The family dog we had growing up made it to 17 (beagle/terrier).

My mastiff almost made it to 12, old for that breed.

I knew a great dane who made it to 17, very old for a dane. Also, a friend's husky made it to 17.
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:21 PM
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My aunt and uncle recently had to put their shi-tzu to sleep -- she was about 17.
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Old 10-28-2016, 07:12 PM
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My longest lived dog was my Gordon Setter Corey. He made it to 14 and a half which is unusual for such a big dog.
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Old 10-29-2016, 06:37 AM
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My guy is 13.5yrs and looks and acts like a much younger dog. He's a mix of probably Border Collie and terrier. He often goes on long hikes with another household member or the dog walker and he runs everywhere unless he's on a leash.

A friend had a Border Collie who lived to be 22. She got him as an 8 week old pup so was sure of his age. He was pretty creaky for the last couple of years but full of spirit, you could see it in his eyes and in the wag of his tail. He died peacefully in his sleep.
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Old 10-29-2016, 07:11 AM
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Daisy-Dog, who I got in San Francisco before I even joined the boards, just snuffed it last summer. A good long 18 year run.
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Old 10-29-2016, 07:54 AM
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I had a chihuahua type dog, I think mixed that lived over 19 years. My field bred English setter was killed in an accident at 14 but was still a spry and active hunter, I think he had several years left in him.
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Old 10-30-2016, 10:35 PM
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Went through 4 dogs growing up, mostly mutts from the pound, usually 20-25 lbs or so. The one purebred we had was Pudgie, a cocker spaniel. She made it to 17, still in pretty good shape physically, but had some sort of neuro issue at the end. The others never got past 4 or 5.
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Old 10-30-2016, 10:53 PM
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My last dog, a rat terrier mix, was 17 when we finally had to send him to doggie heaven. Small dogs live longer than big dogs generally.
My Homer is 17. He was born in 1999 in October.

Half dachshund half Jack Russel. Just got checked out at vet. Blood work normal, heart normal. Little arithritis in the back leg knee area.
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Old 10-31-2016, 08:59 AM
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Our cocker spaniel, lady, made it to 17. I've had a cat make it to 21.
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