Lifespan of the Shortest Dog Breeds (and Precautions to Take) 

With the right care—including a nutritious diet, frequent exercise, and lots of love—any dog may live a long, healthy life. 

However, there is still one unfortunate truth about dog ownership: canines do not live nearly as long as humans.  

There is a wide variation in the typical lifespan of dogs, which ranges from 12 to 15 years.  

Another fact is that bigger dogs don't live as long as their smaller cousins.  

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Some think bigger dogs age more quickly due to the physical demands of being larger, 

and veterinarians advise older canines to get geriatric exams at the age of seven.  

Geriatric exams begin at around the age of 10 or 11 for smaller canines. 

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