Can a dog live 18 years?
The average lifespan for small dog breeds ranges from 10 to 15 years, with some breeds living as long as 18 years.
In general, small dogs live longer than their larger counterparts, with the shortest living breeds still exceeding the average lifespan of most large breeds.
If you own a dog, you've heard this rule: 1 year for Fido equals 7 years for you.
Turns out, the math isn't that simple.
Dogs mature more quickly than we do early on.
So the first year of your fuzzy friend's life is equal to about 15 human years.
In general, small dogs enjoy longer lives than do their larger counterparts.
A recent analysis of veterinary records revealed that dogs under 20 pounds had an average lifespan of 11 years while those over 90 pounds typically lived for only 8 years.
Medium and large dogs fell in the middle at around 11 years.