04-27-2016, 08:02 AM
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One of my current dogs is 14, and you'd never guess it. She still runs and bounds around, has no noticeable arthritis or stiffness. Shes a good weight and still hears and sees normally. Barring something drastic, I can't see her passing away anytime soon.
Personally I've known many dogs that are/lived to their teens. Mostly small dogs, but plenty of medium/large ones that have made it to 13 or so. A neighbor has a dachshund that is 17, another has a golden that is 16. Another neighbor had a beagle mix that was his hunting dog, and that dog made it til 20!! He barely even took care of him, just left him in the back yard and threw him food once a day. The dog was even still jumping the four foot chain link fence til just a couple years before he died.
I find genetics is the biggest thing that contributes, because you have to not have major health problems to live that long. I'm sure long term diet is a factor, but I've known dogs on Ol' Roy that live to 18, and ones on Orijen that only make it to 10, so it's not as big a factor as genetics. Certainly little dogs have a tendency to make it longer.