what is the average life expectancy for a black lab?

Asked by Member 783910 on Dec 27th 2008 in Other Health & Wellness
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Zackintosh CJ

It depends on: What you feed your dog, how healthy he is, if he's fixed and a lot of other stuff.
I'm not positive but I think "average" is around 10-13.
If you feed a raw grain-free diet he could live to be 18 but if you feed a low quality food he might live to be 7.
If he/she is fixed, again, will have a longer life span then a dog thats having puppies.

Zackintosh CJ answered on 12/27/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


An average lifespan for a lab is about 10-12 years.

Feeding raw hasn't been proven to prolong a dog's life, but I agree that a high quality, balanced diet and daily exercise and attention help dogs live longer lives.

Basically, all the same things humans need to thrive are, in principal, the things that contribute to health and longevity in dogs, as well. Happiness, something to get up out of bed for each day, good food and love are all things that can make the difference in longeviy for dogs.

Also, high quality foods often contain GOOD grains, such as millet and barley and oatmeal.

Jack answered on 12/27/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


But again, this isnt true in ALL cases. I work at a boarding facility and have seen MANYYYY 15 year old dogs come in that eat Beneful crap!! It all just depends on the dog!

Stormy answered on 12/27/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Dreama Lil' Dream

Labs can live from 10-15 years of age depending on the genetics that it inherits. Having a dog fixed can expand it's lifespan up to 3 years, and choosing the right food helps to prevent many of the problems when they come into older age ( pay less vet bills). Also keeping a dog at it's ideal weight will help prevent many health issues ( same as humans).

Dreama Lil' Dream answered on 12/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer