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Old 03-07-2005, 07:10 PM
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What is the average lifespan for a cocker spaniel or Border Collie.... I have a cross of that and I was just wondering if anyone knew
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Old 03-07-2005, 07:26 PM
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most very large dogs lifespan is around 10 years st.benards,great danes and such
large dogs like labs are doing good to see 14
medium dogs a little longer somewhere inbetween small and large
small dogs can live an incredibly long time..i have seen a 20 year old toy poodle
that about it from my experience and reading
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Old 03-07-2005, 07:30 PM
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my boy is around 12 years old he seems like hes got alot of years left in him, he's got the old dog cough lol but thats about it he's still got the energy of a puppy
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Old 03-07-2005, 08:01 PM
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Small dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. My Aunt's Poodle/Yorkie mix lived into his twenties! Larger breeds can live just as long as small breeds, but generally it's around fifteen years.
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Old 03-07-2005, 08:17 PM
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Also, don't forget that mixed breeds avoid a lot of the genetic diseases that shorten the lifespans of purebred dogs. Your boy could have 5 more years ahead of him!! What is it they say about the young at heart?
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:03 PM
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Well he did used to have a bump on his back it was there for quite some time at first we thought it might be cancer but then it started to go down and it went away, it was weird.
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:13 PM
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It was probably just a fat deposit. I'm not sure why they form, but they do sometimes go away on their own. It's a pretty common thing in dogs to have a little fatty lump on their back or side. Ugly, but not dangerous.
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:47 PM
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k cool thanks, I didn't know what category to put him under he's not a small dog but he's not large. I guess small would have been the right choice.
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:53 PM
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My dog growing up...now just my parents' dog Molly is 13. She is a cocker/sheltie mix, which is close to your mix. She does have congenital heart disease and could go any day, but has lived a long life.
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Old 03-07-2005, 10:03 PM
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oh thats sad, sorry to hear that.
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