As a dog owner, naturally you want their life to be a long and happy one, so why do bigger breed dogs age faster than smaller breeds?

Unfortunately, it is a sad fact that that bigger dogs have a shorter lifespan than small dogs, so in this article, let's look at why that is, and what you can do to help your dog live longer.

How Do We Know That Bigger Breed Dogs Age Faster?

Simply put, it's all down to research.

Studies show that aging typically starts at the same age whether it be in small or large dog breeds, but for some reason large breeds age faster.

However, whilst one theory suggests that larger breeds have an accelerated growth rate, there is no definitive answer as yet.

One thing is for sure that more studies are needed to understand why this happens.

What Age Do Larger Dog Breeds Live Until?

The average lifespan that a larger dog breed will live to is typically between 8-9 years.

Of course this is only a guideline and there are many other factors to take into consideration such as:

  • Diet
  • Breed
  • Amount of care received
  • Exercise
  • Disabilities
  • Disease

How You Can Help Your Dog Live Longer

Whether you are the owner of a big breed dog or smaller dog, thankfully there are things you can do to help them live longer.

Exercise your dog regularly

No matter how large or small your dog is, they need to be exercised regularly.

It goes without saying exercise is required for your dog to stay healthy but it also it also helps keep them fit, aids with training, and gives them socialization skills.

Stimulate your dogs mind

All dogs benefit from mental stimulation.

Not only does mental stimulation break boredom, but it actually assists in preventing premature ageing.

Mental stimulation is also necessary for your dogs happiness and can help lessen hyperactivity.

Ensure your dog has a healthy diet

Ensuring your dog has the right diet keeps them healthy, happy and active for as long as possible.

A nutrionally balanced diet is essential to ensure your dog receives the essential nutrients he needs from the following groups:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats/oils
  • Water
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals

Not sure how healthy your dogs diet is? Check out the following article to find out more; 'How Healthy is Your Dog’s Diet?'.

Give your dog a controlled diet

Did you know dogs on a controlled diet live longer?

The evidence is so compelling:

The diet-restricted dogs (25% less food) lived almost 2 years (1.8 years) longer, reaching an average age of 13 years. It’s not surprising that the dogs on the restricted diet weighed less and had lower body fat. But they also delayed the onset of late life diseases, especially osteoarthritis.

If you want your dog to live longer, enjoy a more active life and delay the onset of age related diseases, you have to control their weight.

Consider giving your dog supplements

You may want to consider giving your dog supplements to aid their health and wellbeing.

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There are many preventative benefits of giving supplements, especially for dogs with an increased risk of developing joint problems which is pretty much every large breed.

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Glucosamine Supplements

Veterinarians strongly recommend these supplements because they naturally heal the underlying cause of arthritis and joint pain. They are very popular with pet owners because of their overwhelming success in improving their pet's health and happiness.

Glucosamine is the essential building block for healthy cartilage. Glucosamine supplements enable dogs struggling with joint pain, to naturally make more cartilage. This rebuilds and repairs the cartilage cushion between the bones in a joint. The bones stop grinding painfully together, producing wonderful improvements in mobility and happiness.

The best glucosamine supplements have additional ingredients like Chondroitin Sulfate, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and Hyaluronic Acid. These multiply the benefits of glucosamine.


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Fish Oils

Fiѕh oil саn hеlр with your dogs аrthritiѕ раin аnd аllеrgiеѕ.

A 2008 Bауlоr Univеrѕitу and Hаrvаrd Medical Sсhооl ѕtudу showed fiѕh оil rеduсеѕ bоdу inflammation inside and оut. Thiѕ makes уоur dog healthier bесаuѕе lеѕѕ inflаmmаtiоn mеаnѕ a ѕtrоngеr immunе ѕуѕtеm.

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