how can your dog live a long long time

which dog breed lives the longest i heard smaller dogs live longer

Asked by Member 918737 on Nov 16th 2009 Tagged whatdogiskingoftoysminaturepincshers in Pomeranian
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Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

There are several factors. Genetics, diet, living conditions, etc. Well-bred dogs tend to do very well even on a poor diet. You cannot control your dog's genetic make-up, but one factor you can control is diet. Thus, it's very important to do your research as to what is the best diet to feed your dog. Ditto with living conditions. You can also make sure that you don't overfeed him, and that you exercise him both mentally and physically daily.
Smaller dogs do tend to live longer.
Here's an interesting article:

Other links of interest:

And though I have no liking to Iams, here's an interesting article on a study they did:
That said, I highly recommend taking ANYTHING from any dog food company, including the above Iams article, with an extra grain of salt.

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 11/16/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


depends on the dog. Size may not always be the factor of how long they live as there is many aliments in dogs just like we have illnesses and diseases.

Dieta answered on 11/16/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Good info on most dog topics is hard to find on the net. This seems to be about as good as you will find on how long they live,

I noticed the first answers left out the largest factor you can control the dog's weight. Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. Each dog is different. Standard recommendations are a good place to start, but each dog must have its food and exercise adjusted to its individual needs. Here is a link to a good illustrated guide,

There was an extensive discussion of weight in a recent newsletter from a service dog school.

''Obesity is the number one nutritional disease affecting dogs. It's estimated that 25-45% of dogs in the US are obese. Studies have shown that joint and locomotive problems increase by 57%, circulatory problems by 74%, respiratory problems by 52%, skin problems by 40% and cancer by 50% in animals that are overweight.

Large breed dogs that are overweight also are more prone to developing hip dysplasia. Obesity is especially dangerous for young puppies, as their underdeveloped frame cannot support the extra poundage that it must carry.''

Aster answered on 11/16/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Smaller dogs on average do tend to live longer. I have heard that schipperkes live very long if you are looking for one breed. But if you take care of them the bigger dogs can live long lives. I just had a friend who had a greyhound that just passed at the age of 20

Seth answered on 11/16/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Dog breeds that live longest are usually smaller breeds, as some here have mentioned. Larger, giant breeds tend to have shorter life spans than average sized dogs.

Factors that you can control are similar to what helps human beings live long, healthy lives:

Feeding a high quality food and avoiding human foods unless they are raw, whole and healthy (think pieces of apple, rice or carrots rather than ice cream, hot dogs or fatty foods) and a lot of exercise and fresh air are great for dogs. Mental stimulation is good too since a happy dog is usually a healthy dog.

Boredom or lack of exercise can cause a lot of mental stress and that, in turn, can cause physical damage.

So, daily walks, some games and activity toys and good quality food is key. So is preventative health care like brushing teeth since plaque can be swallowed and leads to heart disease as the dog ages. Regular check ups at the vet can also catch problems before they become chronic.

Jack answered on 11/16/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer