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2013-05-11 01:16:05 AM
When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.
 
2013-05-11 03:58:54 AM
No human is known to have lived beyond 122.

Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

Don't try to act so smart, article writer.
 
2013-05-11 04:01:29 AM
My dog likes to bark at people that are on his lawn until they get off of it.
How old does that make him?
 
2013-05-11 04:25:06 AM

doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.


Came to say this. Every breed has a different expectancy. Stop trying to put your dog in the same context as people. It's a dog.

The 10% cancer rate on large breeds seemed low to me. Maybe my home town is radioactive. Growing up and into adulthood I have had 8 medium to large dogs. Six died of cancer, one from kidney failure, one from misdiagnosed staph infection. (I even asked the vet if it could be staph, and he insisted it was a lymphatic issue and pumped her full if useless steroids.)
 
2013-05-11 04:37:22 AM

Moonfisher: doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.

Came to say this. Every breed has a different expectancy. Stop trying to put your dog in the same context as people. It's a dog.

The 10% cancer rate on large breeds seemed low to me. Maybe my home town is radioactive. Growing up and into adulthood I have had 8 medium to large dogs. Six died of cancer, one from kidney failure, one from misdiagnosed staph infection. (I even asked the vet if it could be staph, and he insisted it was a lymphatic issue and pumped her full if useless steroids.)


Well wolves have a longer life expectancy in captivity than even small breed dogs, so the cancer esp in large breed dogs is likely from inbreeding.
 
2013-05-11 04:51:49 AM
Eh, I always figured 18 for the first year, since they basically become mostly-adult, then four years for every year after.
 
2013-05-11 04:59:25 AM
All mammals live to have the same approximate number of heartbeats regardless of size. I don't know the number. Look it up if you like. But it shows that metabolism is more of a factor than size or breed or even species.
 
2013-05-11 05:16:15 AM
My 13 1/4 year old French Bulldog went down last month.  Here is an anecdotal story for you.  He died at 13, his sister died at 8.

His litter mate was fed regular dog food her whole like and died of stomach cancer.  Our guy had to be put down as his Alzheimer type issue along with his arthritic shoulders got too far along to suffer any more.

The only difference the two litter mates had was that he only ate raw food his entire life and went 5 /12 years longer.  The place where we bought his Goat from herself had a Great Dane.  Her Great Dane died at 15 years, so I still think that has something to do with the length of a dogs life span, not all but more than we realize.
 
2013-05-11 05:27:00 AM

Moonfisher: doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.

Came to say this. Every breed has a different expectancy. Stop trying to put your dog in the same context as people. It's a dog.

The 10% cancer rate on large breeds seemed low to me. Maybe my home town is radioactive. Growing up and into adulthood I have had 8 medium to large dogs. Six died of cancer, one from kidney failure, one from misdiagnosed staph infection. (I even asked the vet if it could be staph, and he insisted it was a lymphatic issue and pumped her full if useless steroids.)


Point of fact, it was the smaller breeds which have 10% chance of cancer. For larger breeds it's closer to 50% as per the article.
 
2013-05-11 05:31:35 AM

BiffSpiffy: My 13 1/4 year old French Bulldog went down last month.  Here is an anecdotal story for you.  He died at 13, his sister died at 8.

His litter mate was fed regular dog food her whole like and died of stomach cancer.  Our guy had to be put down as his Alzheimer type issue along with his arthritic shoulders got too far along to suffer any more.

The only difference the two litter mates had was that he only ate raw food his entire life and went 5 /12 years longer.  The place where we bought his Goat from herself had a Great Dane.  Her Great Dane died at 15 years, so I still think that has something to do with the length of a dogs life span, not all but more than we realize.


You're so obviously a paid proponent of the Raw Food Movement,TM it hurts my mind. ;-p

/feeds his dog vegetarian dog fodder, but lets him be freegan when the dumpster fairies come.
//8, and still acts all crazy mischief, like a puppy.
/// Alsatian mother, Black Lab+Border Collie father.
 
2013-05-11 05:49:16 AM

FedExPope: Moonfisher: doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.

Came to say this. Every breed has a different expectancy. Stop trying to put your dog in the same context as people. It's a dog.

The 10% cancer rate on large breeds seemed low to me. Maybe my home town is radioactive. Growing up and into adulthood I have had 8 medium to large dogs. Six died of cancer, one from kidney failure, one from misdiagnosed staph infection. (I even asked the vet if it could be staph, and he insisted it was a lymphatic issue and pumped her full if useless steroids.)

Point of fact, it was the smaller breeds which have 10% chance of cancer. For larger breeds it's closer to 50% as per the article.


I have a 7 year old German Shepard. I'm pretty sure that I have a sad coming my way in the not too distant future.

/still has healthy hips.
 
2013-05-11 05:54:00 AM
I prefer to calculate their age in goldfish years.

I prefer to calculate their age in goldfish years.

I prefer to calculate their age in goldfish years

(etc)
 
2013-05-11 06:02:59 AM
Also, check out this feel good piece that was in the "comics" yesterday:

http://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/theothercoast/s-1320680

Couldn't direct link :(
 
2013-05-11 06:28:20 AM
AverageAmericanGuy:

Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.
 
2013-05-11 06:58:11 AM

dobro: All mammals live to have the same approximate number of heartbeats regardless of size. I don't know the number. Look it up if you like. But it shows that metabolism is more of a factor than size or breed or even species.


That's somewhat correct...except for humans. If I remember correctly, I believe most mammals live to approx. 1 billion heartbeats while an 80 or 90 year old person will have had approx. 2 billion hearbeats. No one knows exactly why.
 
2013-05-11 07:19:20 AM

Hector_Lemans: I believe most mammals live to approx. 1 billion heartbeats


Asimov was a novelist, not a biologist.
 
2013-05-11 07:24:36 AM

Yes this is dog: FedExPope: Moonfisher: doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.

Came to say this. Every breed has a different expectancy. Stop trying to put your dog in the same context as people. It's a dog.

The 10% cancer rate on large breeds seemed low to me. Maybe my home town is radioactive. Growing up and into adulthood I have had 8 medium to large dogs. Six died of cancer, one from kidney failure, one from misdiagnosed staph infection. (I even asked the vet if it could be staph, and he insisted it was a lymphatic issue and pumped her full if useless steroids.)

Point of fact, it was the smaller breeds which have 10% chance of cancer. For larger breeds it's closer to 50% as per the article.

I have a 7 year old German Shepard. I'm pretty sure that I have a sad coming my way in the not too distant future.

/still has healthy hips.


Not necessarily. My family had an albino German Shepard that lived to 13. He did have pretty bad arthritis, was going deaf and had some growths under his keys. God damn now I'm sad. We had him put down years ago.

My wife and I adopted our first dog a little over a month ago. A big, lazy greyhound.

/is it Saturdog?
 
2013-05-11 07:30:57 AM

Yes this is dog: FedExPope: Moonfisher: doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.

Came to say this. Every breed has a different expectancy. Stop trying to put your dog in the same context as people. It's a dog.

The 10% cancer rate on large breeds seemed low to me. Maybe my home town is radioactive. Growing up and into adulthood I have had 8 medium to large dogs. Six died of cancer, one from kidney failure, one from misdiagnosed staph infection. (I even asked the vet if it could be staph, and he insisted it was a lymphatic issue and pumped her full if useless steroids.)

Point of fact, it was the smaller breeds which have 10% chance of cancer. For larger breeds it's closer to 50% as per the article.

I have a 7 year old German Shepard. I'm pretty sure that I have a sad coming my way in the not too distant future.

/still has healthy hips.

I have a 10 year old German Shepherd and am also happy to report that his hips are doing fine. I remember when my first dog died (also a Shepherd). It was the first time I really ever experienced death and it was very hard. Not hard enough to keep me from sentencing myself to the same thing in another 12 years, though.

/will always love dogs
 
2013-05-11 07:34:02 AM
Hmm. I tried using this calculation for the three family dogs who are all approximately 13. I don't remember Zeke the Lab mix's precise birthday, and Zoe the rescue Heinz 57 has been of approximate age since she arrived at her forever home. Nellie the Ratcha is 13. So... 13 it is.

Using this calculator, and rounding, Zeke (medium dog, Lab multiplier) is about 84 in dog years, Zoe (medium, Staffordshire Bull Terrier multiplier for build) is about 80, and Nellie (small, Chihuahua) is about 79.

So in terms of age, yeah, they're all pretty close. None of them has any signs of cancer.

Zeke would be the most at risk, but his signs of aging are pretty normal. Mostly deaf, and not seeing too well, he's slowed down a lot since his incredibly energetic youth. He recently started taking meds for incontinence. He's old.

Zoe is overweight and arthritic. The two go paw in paw, unfortunately. She gets meds as needed for pain and for thunderstorm/firework anxiety. (The latter has nothing to do with aging.) Aside from not wanting to move like she used to, and her snoring (nothing new, hasn't gotten worse) she's pretty healthy.

Nellie has probably slowed down since her puppyhood -- I have only known her as a senior dog -- but she has puppy levels of energy and enthusiasm. She does not act old.Or maybe she does. Maybe she is how a healthy old small dog acts. I have no personal basis for comparison. But she acts much younger than her packmates.

tl;dr: Little dogs age better than bigger dogs in my family.

/Not shocking
//Could have used obvious tag
 
2013-05-11 08:13:28 AM

Candygram for Mongo: AverageAmericanGuy:

Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.


Methuselah lived a total of 969 years.
He died, he died!
Mom said he was sleeping.
She lied, she lied!
 
2013-05-11 08:48:11 AM

CipollinaFan: My dog likes to bark at people that are on his lawn until they get off of it.
How old does that make him?


Well, does he tie an onion to his collar?
 
2013-05-11 08:54:43 AM

doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.


Using that calculation, this dog just turned 14
i44.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-11 09:33:06 AM

Moonfisher: doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.

Came to say this. Every breed has a different expectancy. Stop trying to put your dog in the same context as people. It's a dog.

The 10% cancer rate on large breeds seemed low to me. Maybe my home town is radioactive. Growing up and into adulthood I have had 8 medium to large dogs. Six died of cancer, one from kidney failure, one from misdiagnosed staph infection. (I even asked the vet if it could be staph, and he insisted it was a lymphatic issue and pumped her full if useless steroids.)


My sister is a Vet (so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies) and tells me that in her experience, the cancer thing has more to do with inbreeding than anything else. While she has always owned Golden Retreivers (prone to liver cancer, hip and eye issues), she recommends buying (or rescuing) a mutt if you want a healthy animal.
 
2013-05-11 10:00:03 AM

doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.


OK so my dog was born six years ago, for every year that's passed  it's a year old...so my dog is a year old?  That explains why he still doesn't use the toilet.
 
2013-05-11 10:13:58 AM

IwasKloot: Yes this is dog: FedExPope: Moonfisher: doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.

Came to say this. Every breed has a different expectancy. Stop trying to put your dog in the same context as people. It's a dog.

The 10% cancer rate on large breeds seemed low to me. Maybe my home town is radioactive. Growing up and into adulthood I have had 8 medium to large dogs. Six died of cancer, one from kidney failure, one from misdiagnosed staph infection. (I even asked the vet if it could be staph, and he insisted it was a lymphatic issue and pumped her full if useless steroids.)

Point of fact, it was the smaller breeds which have 10% chance of cancer. For larger breeds it's closer to 50% as per the article.

I have a 7 year old German Shepard. I'm pretty sure that I have a sad coming my way in the not too distant future.

/still has healthy hips.

Not necessarily. My family had an albino German Shepard that lived to 13. He did have pretty bad arthritis, was going deaf and had some growths under his keys. God damn now I'm sad. We had him put down years ago.

My wife and I adopted our first dog a little over a month ago. A big, lazy greyhound.

/is it Saturdog?


A good rescue greyhound is awesome. Some of them are slightly nuts, but my ex-wife and I had relatively good results with the rescues. The vet bills are killer though, as when they run, they won't stop until they tear something, sometimes.

Our first one had a stroke and had to be put down, but she was fairly old, 11 or so. Then we got a greyhound puppy somehow, and she developed a load of tumors at age 5 or so. They really are great dogs but a LOT of work. Good on you for getting one !
 
2013-05-11 10:21:48 AM
Here's my 102 year old dog (or 119 if you're old school) Sadie. She's possibly a lab/border collie and about 60 lbs. I think she's part zombie.

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2013-05-11 10:29:34 AM

BiffSpiffy: My 13 1/4 year old French Bulldog went down last month.  Here is an anecdotal story for you.  He died at 13, his sister died at 8.

His litter mate was fed regular dog food her whole like and died of stomach cancer.  Our guy had to be put down as his Alzheimer type issue along with his arthritic shoulders got too far along to suffer any more.

The only difference the two litter mates had was that he only ate raw food his entire life and went 5 /12 years longer.  The place where we bought his Goat from herself had a Great Dane.  Her Great Dane died at 15 years, so I still think that has something to do with the length of a dogs life span, not all but more than we realize.


Sincere condolences on the loss of your friend.

A buddy of mine, their family is into Leonbergers. They follow a feeding philosophy based on how farm dogs lived long and well being fed fresh cut scraps from (for example) a chicken that was just butchered for that days meal.

Watching and listening to their big dog happily chomp down on fresh chicken wings, listening to the bones snap into little pieces while knowing that could just as well be ones fingers, is amusing and creepy.
 
2013-05-11 11:01:29 AM
It doesn't have a thing for basset hounds, but I know that they usually live about 12 years. My Norma will be 10 in June. She is currently sitting outside, her blind eyes to the sky, just sniffing. She has always done that, just sit in the back yard and sniff (even when she could see). She is honestly the most laid-back creature that I have ever known, well, canine-wise, anyway.

I already know, though, that I want another basset. Fell in love with the breed, and I know in my heart that I will always want one.
 
2013-05-11 11:17:22 AM

CipollinaFan: My dog likes to bark at people that are on his lawn until they get off of it.
How old does that make him?


Does he seem to be paying attention to empty chairs?
 
2013-05-11 11:32:46 AM
My dog growing up was a Lab+Shepard mix and she lived to be almost 15. When we had to put her down (serious hip issues and seizures), I went out and got the greasiest double bacon cheeseburger (loaded) and chili fries I could find for her last meal. That dog moved on in style.
 
2013-05-11 12:28:18 PM

Candygram for Mongo: AverageAmericanGuy:

Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.

Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.


Surely that's not accurate.
 
2013-05-11 12:37:49 PM

Yes this is dog: FedExPope: Moonfisher: doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.

Came to say this. Every breed has a different expectancy. Stop trying to put your dog in the same context as people. It's a dog.

The 10% cancer rate on large breeds seemed low to me. Maybe my home town is radioactive. Growing up and into adulthood I have had 8 medium to large dogs. Six died of cancer, one from kidney failure, one from misdiagnosed staph infection. (I even asked the vet if it could be staph, and he insisted it was a lymphatic issue and pumped her full if useless steroids.)

Point of fact, it was the smaller breeds which have 10% chance of cancer. For larger breeds it's closer to 50% as per the article.

I have a 7 year old German Shepard. I'm pretty sure that I have a sad coming my way in the not too distant future.

/still has healthy hips.


You never know. Our 72 pound lab has had multiple lumps removed over the years and she is still kicking ass at 15 1/2. I think you nailed it in your slashie. I think their knee and hip health probably has more to do with longevity than anything else.
 
2013-05-11 12:45:56 PM
A must read for any dog owner.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/dog_paradox
 
2013-05-11 01:16:55 PM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: My dog growing up was a Lab+Shepard mix and she lived to be almost 15. When we had to put her down (serious hip issues and seizures), I went out and got the greasiest double bacon cheeseburger (loaded) and chili fries I could find for her last meal. That dog moved on in style.


you sir are one of those good people i hear about every once in a while
 
GCD
2013-05-11 01:50:07 PM

BiffSpiffy: My 13 1/4 year old French Bulldog went down last month.  Here is an anecdotal story for you.  He died at 13, his sister died at 8.

His litter mate was fed regular dog food her whole like and died of stomach cancer.  Our guy had to be put down as his Alzheimer type issue along with his arthritic shoulders got too far along to suffer any more.

The only difference the two litter mates had was that he only ate raw food his entire life and went 5 /12 years longer.  The place where we bought his Goat from herself had a Great Dane.  Her Great Dane died at 15 years, so I still think that has something to do with the length of a dogs life span, not all but more than we realize.


Nah, your theory is all wrong. I had a miniature sheltie growing up. He lived until 15 years of age.

He ate Purina Puppy Chow his entire life (hated the "adult" kibble) AND he ate people food too. Almost anything that we ate, he would eat too (with the odd exception here and there)...that's including chocolate (M&M's were his favorite).

He had three breakfasts every morning:

1) Cornflakes and milk (from my mom)
2) Whatever my dad cooked up that morning
3) Whatever I made - usually toast and peanut butter or Eggo Waffles

He once flat out refused to eat a plain McDonald's Happy Meal until there was ketchup put on the burger and fries.

He lived until 15 years of age and then he suffered an apparent stroke, which at that age in most dogs isn't uncommon or unexpected.
 
2013-05-11 02:04:03 PM

GCD: BiffSpiffy: My 13 1/4 year old French Bulldog went down last month.  Here is an anecdotal story for you.  He died at 13, his sister died at 8.

His litter mate was fed regular dog food her whole like and died of stomach cancer.  Our guy had to be put down as his Alzheimer type issue along with his arthritic shoulders got too far along to suffer any more.

The only difference the two litter mates had was that he only ate raw food his entire life and went 5 /12 years longer.  The place where we bought his Goat from herself had a Great Dane.  Her Great Dane died at 15 years, so I still think that has something to do with the length of a dogs life span, not all but more than we realize.

Nah, your theory is all wrong. I had a miniature sheltie growing up. He lived until 15 years of age.

He ate Purina Puppy Chow his entire life (hated the "adult" kibble) AND he ate people food too. Almost anything that we ate, he would eat too (with the odd exception here and there)...that's including chocolate (M&M's were his favorite).

He had three breakfasts every morning:

1) Cornflakes and milk (from my mom)
2) Whatever my dad cooked up that morning
3) Whatever I made - usually toast and peanut butter or Eggo Waffles

He once flat out refused to eat a plain McDonald's Happy Meal until there was ketchup put on the burger and fries.

He lived until 15 years of age and then he suffered an apparent stroke, which at that age in most dogs isn't uncommon or unexpected.


I know that feeling. The two current dogs that my parents own have figured out that I'm an easy mark during Thanksgiving.

"FOOD!"
"No, dog. This is mine."
-The look-
"...God dammit. Fine."
 
2013-05-11 02:15:08 PM
My childhood dog, a shiat zu, lived to be 77.5 based on this calculation.  I believe it!
 
2013-05-11 10:02:26 PM
So how many years old would a crotch hound be?
 
2013-05-11 11:58:38 PM

HectorSchwartz: Moonfisher: doglover: When was it born? For ever year that's passed since then, it's a year old. i hope this helps.

Came to say this. Every breed has a different expectancy. Stop trying to put your dog in the same context as people. It's a dog.

The 10% cancer rate on large breeds seemed low to me. Maybe my home town is radioactive. Growing up and into adulthood I have had 8 medium to large dogs. Six died of cancer, one from kidney failure, one from misdiagnosed staph infection. (I even asked the vet if it could be staph, and he insisted it was a lymphatic issue and pumped her full if useless steroids.)

My sister is a Vet (so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies) and tells me that in her experience, the cancer thing has more to do with inbreeding than anything else. While she has always owned Golden Retreivers (prone to liver cancer, hip and eye issues), she recommends buying (or rescuing) a mutt if you want a healthy animal.


I've never owned anything but mutts.  Maybe they had purebred grandparents or something.  Cancer sucks  :(
 
2013-05-12 02:02:50 AM
This is the chart I use.
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2013-05-12 04:56:30 AM
So I said to the traffic cop, "honest officer, in dog beers I've only had one"!
 
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