How Long do Big Dogs Live – It all Depends

I found it really interesting when I asked people how long do big dogs live for as the answers I got were varied so today I thought I would share some interesting stories from those people.


Such a beautiful breed of big dog and they have a spirit that is for sure.  They love people, they love life and they love playing, going for walks and most of them love the water, although occasionally you will find labradors that dislike the water with a passion, however, this is very rare.

I was talking to my daughter the other day as her 1st dog was a labrador, named Tyler and he arrived in our family when he was just a pup.


I’m the old guy lying down

Tyler became my daughter’s best friend and they did everything together. When she left home, her faithful friend went with her and I knew I would not have to worry about her as Tyler would be there to watch out for her always.

He was so loyal to her and very protective of her as well.  I remember my daughter was studying for a science medal at the college she attended and she had always said, she didn’t like science all that much, however, she was studying.

I had been out this particular day and as I drove up the driveway, I could smell this really weird smell coming from the kitchen and I went inside to see the oven was on and my daughter and Tyler were both in the kitchen.

I asked her what on earth she was doing and she looked at me with her most intelligent look and said: “Mum, I am making home-made dogs biscuits for the science project we are doing at school”.  She then went on to explain all the ingredients she had sourced after speaking to vets to find out what nutritional value the biscuits should have.

Another 5 minutes went by and the biscuits were cooked, so she removed them from the oven and placed them on a cooling tray.  I smiled as I noticed she had even made a fork impression on the top of each one as you do when you are making hokey pokey biscuits 🙂  Amazing, how this young lady had done this.

She waited until they were almost cold and then she gave one to Tyler and wrote down every detail of his reaction which of course was so great.  He loved them and then, later on, she analyzed his deposit outside to check for consistency – lol.  What a girl.  She, of course, got the top award for this project and she got the science medal for her excellent work.  I was so proud of her although my memory of that weird smell stayed with me for some time I can tell you.

Tyler aged and was affected by arthritis in his later years so my daughter used to give him shark cartilage and green lipped mussel powder with every meal and her old friend became agile again from taking this.

Tyler was nearly 17 when he finally had to be put to sleep by the vet and he was cremated and to this day has pride of place in my daughters home. Tyler was an amazing friend who loved my daughter unconditionally for all those years.

German Shepherds            

Most German Shepherds live between 9-12 years and are loyal, intelligent, protective, courageous, and obedient.

German Shepherds are well known to most people as Police Dogs as they learn quickly what to do and become such an asset to the officers who are working with these amazing dogs, however, sometimes because these dogs work incredibly hard and often in really dangerous situations, they become unwell with Hip Dysplasia and Spondylosis which can be caused by suffering a trauma so they are then retired to the home of the officers family or rehomed to be loved for the rest of their life.

Husky Dogs

Today while I was out in my yard, I got talking to my neighbor who has 2 gorgeous husky dogs, one who is 12 years old now and is getting near the end of her life and another young lady who is now 2 years old.  We got talking about this breed and Julie was saying these dogs are so intelligent and loyal and do require regular exercise which these girls get every day, although not so much for the old girl anymore as she prefers to lay in the sun and relax more.

Hi I’m Zoe

Here is a couple of photos I took of Zoe, the young one this morning. I have never seen them close up and I was amazed at the color of Zoe’s eyes.  They are piercing blue as you can see here and this is very rare to see in Dogs…

Strong dogs who are extremely protective and have a lifespan of around 15 years which is so wonderful. They love attention and are playful and highly spirited when you as their owner arrive home.

They can also get hip dysplasia and can have trouble with their eyes as well and can also get cataracts like humans. I learned so much this morning and am still thinking about the eye color Zoe has. Her old friend has eye trouble and one eye is blue and the other is a faded brown color due to her eye not working very well evidently.

In Conclusion 

It seems big dogs have long lives if they remain healthy and looking having done some research online, it seems this way for a lot of big dog breeds.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you feel like commenting, I would love to know your thought or if you have a big dog, you might like to share this with the readers who often stop by

Thank you for today and I hope to see you again soon to see what is going on here at Delightful Doggies 4 u

Bye for now


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8 thoughts on “How Long do Big Dogs Live – It all Depends”

  1. Hi Vicki,

    we also had a labrador as I grew up, he joined our family when I was just 5 years old so I can totally relate to the relationship you describe from your daughter.
    I can clearly remember the first day we brought her home, we had a big Pond in our garden and the moment the door opend she rushed through the garden and jumped right into it. She was a true water dog 🙂
    For 15 years she was part of our family and thanks to her I grew up loving dogs.

    • Hi Jens- What a beautiful story – Thank you so much for sharing this and I hope other people read this as it shows your true love for dogs, just like my daughters dog Tyler 🙂
      Awesome 🙂

  2. Wow, this is a great article as my girlfriend is planning on getting a puppy and I wanted to make sure the dog we get has a long life span. However, she wants a shih-poo but couldn’t find it on this list…what sort of life span do these breeds have? Cheers

  3. I love your story about Tyler. Labradors have a special place in my heart, as I used to have one too. 17 is really such a ripe old age for a dog! You and your daughter have given him such a good life, shark cartilage and green lipped mussel powder! Wow! You are my inspiration.

    • Thanks, Joo- Yes Tyler was a very special family member and now Oscar has arrived into my daughter’s life so I hope the same longevity applies to Oscar as he is just so cute
      Thanks for stopping by and also for your lovely comment

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