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Q: How Long Do Mastiffs (Or Other Giant Breed) Dogs Live?

December 12, 2008 | By Janet R. | 8 answers | Expired: 2090 days ago

Janet R.

I have an 8 year old Mastiff. He is definitely slowing down (though I am not sure he ever moved very quickly to begin with!?!)

I know that the charts say that most Mastiffs don't live beyond 10 years because they are so large. I guess this affects their hearts and joints.

Does anyone out there have any "success" stories about a giant breed living beyond this and, if so, what do you think accounted for it.

I hate the thought of losing my boy in another year or so.

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Alyssa1991
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Dec 15, 2008

Well, I noticed my large dog (golden retriever husky mix)was having hip problems causing him to become a lot more lazy and slow. We took him to the vet and the vet told us to go to the store (any drugstore) and buy Glucosamine. it helps with joint pain. If you notice your dog having joint pain, that's the way to go!

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Mary  A.
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Dec 13, 2008

Larger dogs typically do not have the lifespan of smaller dogs, but as others have mentioned, a good diet, regular but not overly strenuous exercise, and routine veterinary care will increase the average lifespan of any pet, including a large-breed dog that has just passed into geriatric-hood (as yours has). Consider dietary supplements to help maintain joint health--MoveFree is a good, but sort of expensive, choice. Also, don't neglect routine dental and ear care. Cruddy teeth and yeasty ears can introduce low-grade, chronic infections that take a toll on a dog's health. And know that when you do lose your friend (and you will), your grief is a testament to his well-lived life.

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Paswiss
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Dec 13, 2008

The life expectancy listed is an average. I feel you can increase that average by giving tons of love, exercise, great quality food, and wonderful care. Helping keep body weight in check to help with joint care is important and well as easy exercise and mobility supplements. My black lab has a great life until she was 18. Best of luck.

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Jay T.
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Dec 12, 2008

It is difficult to think about the life expectancy of our large dogs. Some will beat the odds due to great health--nutrition and exercise and others seem to have a short life.
I met someone recently that had a Lab that lived to be 18 years old--truly that is not the norm--but I was delighted to hear about his dog. It shows us what is possible...

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Debby
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Dec 12, 2008

Larger breeds tend to be seniors from 8 & 9 years old but I believe their life spans are longer due to the better foods there are for them now and better care by vets and their owners. Each individual dog is different as people are different.. take good care of them with good food and regular vet visits and his life span will be longer and the quality of life will be better.

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Ddjenkins4
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Dec 12, 2008

i just recently got two mastiffs
my research said around 8-13 years
but i think it's(like peaople) more case to case,some puppies from the same litter will die a lot sooner then others i think it's mainly the owner and blood lines
do some google searches you find out lots

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Everette W.
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Dec 12, 2008

That is the sad thing about the larger breeds, but I wouldn't let that influence you decision about having a large dog. With good care, diet, exercise and regular vet care who knows how long they can live.

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daryl b.
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Dec 12, 2008

newf used to be a pretty regular 8 but as they learn more you can see them go 8to 10 and occasionly 12 years old

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