Life expectancy of popular dog breeds.

We all want our pet dogs to live as long as possible, but the fact of the matter is that on average, certain dog breeds live longer than others. This might be a consideration when choosing a dog breed and it is therefore useful information to know before hand.

The average life span of the North American or European dog is 12.8 years. This is a large increase in life span over the past 100 years and is mostly attributable to better food and better medical care. Within this 12.8 year average for all dogs is a large range of life spans where certain breeds live longer and certain breeds live less long. In general, larger dogs live shorter lives than smaller dogs. This is due to the fact that the bodies of larger dogs must work harder (are more stressed) than the bodies of smaller dogs. That said, the life expectancy of any one dog in particular is ALSO determined by the stresses in its life (both physical and psychological), what it eats and how well it is taken care of.

Afghan Hound (12.0 years)

Airedale Terrier (11.2 years)

Basset Hound (12.8 years)

Beagle (13.3 years)

Bearded Collie (12.3 years)

Bedlington Terrier (14.3 years)

Bernese Mountain Dog (7.0 years)

Border Collie (13.0 years)

Border Terrier (13.8 years)

Boxer (10.4 years)

Bull Terrier (12.9 years)

Bulldog (6.7 years)

Bullmastiff (8.6 years)

Cairn Terrier (13.2 years)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (10.7 years)

Chihuahua (13.0 years)

Chow Chow (13.5 years)

Cocker Spaniel (12.5 years)

Corgi (11.3 years)

Dachshund (12.2 years)

Dalmatian (13.0 years)

Doberman Pinscher (9.8 years)

English Cocker Spaniel (11.8 years)

English Setter (11.2 years)

English Springer Spaniel (13.0 years)

English Toy Spaniel (10.1 years)

Flat-Coated Retriever (9.5 years)

German Shepherd (10.3 years)

German Shorthaired Pointer (12.3 years)

Golden Retriever (12.0 years)

Gordon Setter (11.3 years)

Great Dane (8.4 years)

Greyhound (13.2 years)

Irish Red and White Setter (12.9 years)

Irish Setter (11.8 years)

Irish Wolfhound (6.2 years)

Jack Russell Terrier (13.6 years)

Labrador Retriever (12.6 years)

Lurcher (12.6 years)

Miniature Dachshund (14.4 years)

Miniature Poodle (14.8 years)

Norfolk Terrier (10.0 years)

Old English Sheepdog (11.8 years)

Pekingese (13.3 years)

Random-bred / Mongrel (13.2 years)

Rhodesian Ridgeback (9.1 years)

Rotweiler (9.8 years)

Rough Collie (12.2 years)

Samoyed (11.0 years)

Scottish Deerhound (9.5 years)

Scottish Terrier (12.0 years)

Shetland Sheepdog (13.3 years)

Shih Tzu (13.4 years)

Staffordshire Bull Terrier (10.0 years)

Standard Poodle (12.0 years)

Tibetan Terrier (14.3 years)

Toy Poodle (14.4 years)

Viszla (12.5 years)

Weimaraner (10.0 years)

Welsh Springer Spaniel (11.5 years)

West Highland White Terrier (12.8 years)

Whippet (14.3 years)

Wire Fox Terrier (13.0 years)

Yorkshire Terrier (12.8 years)