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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-07-2014, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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First, what do you consider the average lifespan of the German Shepherd Dog?

Second, are some lines more long lived than others?

You'd think some info would be out there for lines and lifespan.

The average age they live, on sites that list, seem longer than normal today.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-07-2014, 11:55 AM
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It seems like we lose a lot of GSDs on here at 9 years old.

I think the average though is 9-11 years.



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I'd say normal is more like 12 yrs.


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I had one pass at almost 16 and another pass just before her 9th birthday. Those are our two extremes. I would agree with MaggieRoseLee that 12 years is probably the average.

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Most of the GSDs that I have known over the last few years passed around 9 - 10 years old, mostly from a number of health issues like DM, Cancer, bad hips, etc. This includes rescue dogs from pet lines, and working dogs from known pedigrees.


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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-07-2014, 01:27 PM
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10, 12, and 14 were the ages of my oldest GSDs. Euthanasia chosen on all. First had several issues (health and behavior), next lost control of rear end, and third bloated.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-08-2014, 06:29 AM
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I'd say around 10 if live past that it's a bonus mine died at 13 but lost one to cancer and torsion at 6 and 7 my eldest shepherd now is 9 but still going strong bounds round like a nutter

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