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    What are the reasons large and giant breed/type dogs tend to have average lifespans less than small/smaller dogs?
    Anyone know?
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    I don't know, but I did once know a GSD who made it to 18.

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    Today, 09:12 AM Beloz

    I don't know, but I did once know a GSD who made it to 18.
    Certainly some exceptionally long lived individual dogs about. I think a cattle dog hold the record at 27!
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    Its i believe to do with size and weight and the stress it causes. Dogs as a whole have an average lifespan of 11 years.
    This is my understanding from researching it on the net.

    A quote from the net
    :Its almost like saying... why does a slim person live longer than a morbidly obese person...

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    We had a Rottie she lived to 7 years but in her last months she was so sick.
    Our little west Whitehighland Terrier was 1 week of being 16 years.
    Our last Heeler was 1 month short of 14 years.

    So to that I have no idea to this.

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    I am not 100% sure but I think it's due to a bigger body having more "stresses" on it over the years, such as heart issues, arthritis etc.
    My gorgeous collie lived till 15 yrs old though (he never looked his age let me tell you), and I know this is a long time for alot of medium sized dogs.

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    We have had a couple of newfs live to 14...But most lived to between 7 and 10 Our Breeder has had a quite few too, even 15. Cancer and heart issues seem to be the main reason for them dying, if they get past all the ortho issues. We have only had one newfie with ortho issues and that was rheumatoid arthritis, which is not genetic and just bad luck.
    We try to keep our lean and now are heavily into giving certain supplements. cold fish oil, Vit C and kelp, to reduce risks of the big Ca and heart problems. It is the only thing I hate about giants. It makes no sense, because other large animals live long, such as elephants, rhino's and hippo's...Must be a dog thing
    Might have to do some googling, never thought about the why, just thought of it as a fact..
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    I have always been told that the giant breeds tend to have more stress on their hearts and circulatory system, in the same manner that humans with gigantism often have quite short lifespans.
    The canine organs are not really designed to cope with the giants.

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    I would say average of 10 years.
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    I have found that larger breeds tend to be more prone to heart problems, which in turn can lead to other issues as they get older.

    Our family hasn't had a giant breed live to more than 11 years old, while they have a small breed who is currently 12 years old and acts like a puppy still.

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