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Old 04-26-2016, 10:43 PM
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The oldest known dog just passed away at age 30, she was a Kelpie
World’s oldest dog? Maggie the Kelpie dies aged 30
I had heard about bluey the ACD but I never heard about the kelpie! How impressive is that!
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Oh wow I hadn't seen this. I guess one of the oldest dogs then, I think some herding breeds like bc acd and kelpie are able to live a very long time but I'm not sure they might need a lot of vet trips as they get older. I think because they tend to be so tough and pretty resistant to injuries. They just keep going.
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Old 04-27-2016, 04:35 AM
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The Oatmeal made a really sweet comic (and sad) touching on this subject. My Dog: The Paradox - The Oatmeal

Maybe dog's lives are so short because they live so intensely and in a short amount of time they give an incredible amount of love. They come to Earth, fulfill their mission, and move on. Maybe it makes us appreciate them even more. Whatever the reason, it doesn't make their passing on any easier..
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Both were healthy all their lives, were kibble fed, vaccinated, and given flea and heartworm preventatives.

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That is why I say genetics play a part in it too. It's too early for me to make any coherent replies right now.
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Old 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.
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That is why I say genetics play a part in it too. It's too early for me to make any coherent replies right now.
I believe that the conventionally raised dogs that live to an old age are managing to do so in spite of the food, vaccines and pesticides. What we are seeing now are younger and younger dogs that succumb to diseases like cancer, and other chronic diseases that cut short their lives.

My dog will be six years old in July, and he is still as healthy and vibrant as he ever was as a younger dog. I hope that he will live to be a ripe old age for a Mastiff. And yes, genetics do play a part, because he is a giant breed dog, and their lifespans are shorter than smaller breeds.
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My family dog is 14 and a half. She is an Australian Shepherd Lab cross. She has had zero health problems.

Our other family dog is 12 and she is a sheltie shepherd cross.

When I was younger we had a miniature poodle who we had to put to sleep at 16 because his back legs stopped working and he wouldn't eat anymore.

My elkie is currently almost 1 and I hope I have her as long as my family pets!
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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.
Wow, how unfair that someone that hardly takes care of their dog gets one in their life for that long. My parents currently have a retired research beagle that is 7, we are hopeful that her genetics are top notch since she was bred to be super healthy and what not so it did not impact the research study she was on. She was not used for anything crazy either, they just monitored her heart rate for a cardiology study and I adopted her as soon as it was over. Anyways I know I went off on a tangent I just hope their beagle lives that long! She is one of the only dogs that I know that someone else has that I would take in a heartbeat, the absolute sweetest dog in the world. And research beagles are bred to not bark, and after having her for 4 years now they have never heard a noise except for the time she got smacked by the cat and cried haha poor thing
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ive never had a dog live past 14.. but the only dogs ive REALLY had have been the two i have now, and one other i got as a birthday present when i was 7.. the one i got when i was seven died when i was 21 which is when i got these two.. i am 31 now and theyre beginning to show their age... ive considered not getting anymore dogs once they are gone
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Vegas is 12, he'll be 13 in Sep. He is fairly healthy. He has pannus and takes eye drops every morning for it, his hearing is also going. But he had chronic ear infections when he was young.

Shorty is 11, he'll be 12 in June. Shorty is healthy.

Freyja is just over a year.
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