Dog lifespan. Look before you leap – have you got time for a pet?

In the right environment, pets can grow to a ripe old age. For example a small doggie that joins a family as a pup can live for 15 years, can you dedicate 15 years to a dog? The experts at Maxi Zoo give us an overview of how old animals can live to be.

Our pets are less exposed to the dangers of animal life than wild animals are and with the proper care, will grow to be much older than their cousins in the wild. Medical care also increases our animal companions’ lifespan. That’s certainly good news for us owners, as pets often become a part of the family who we can’t imagine being without. On the other hand, owners are responsible for their pets – especially when they can live for several decades. That’s certainly something to consider before making your purchase!

How long will my dog live?

Dog’s lifespan differ greatly because of their difference in size. Larger breeds, such as German Shepherds, can live to be approximately 8 to 10 years old. Smaller breeds, such as the Dachshund, live significantly longer and can accompany their owners for up to 15 years. There’s even a difference between purebred animals and mixed breeds, in that the latter generally live longer.

Our tip

Particularly when it comes to animals with a long life expectancy, you should carefully consider what will happen to the animal before he comes to live with you. Who will take care of your dog when you no longer can? The countless overcrowded animal shelters prove that it’s a valid question to ask about cats and dogs. “Will we and can we give this pet the right kind of home till the end of his life?” Whatever you decide, please be sure to make the choice that’s best for the animal!

Call into your local store today to discuss your personal situation with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts.