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Average Age of Australian Shepherd Breed

by Gail
(California)

My Aussie is almost 12-1/2 years old and starting to show his age. He's still pretty happy, but has arthritis in his hind legs and now the vet wants to remove some of his teeth. I'm wondering what the average age is that this breed can live. I've heard between 11-13 years is about average. I want to prepare myself as much as possible for that day! Thanks.

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14 years old
by: Lisa

I have two friends that each had Aussies that lived to be 14. i have had othet Aussie owners tell me that was about the average age as well. I have two myself.

Average age of australian shepherd breed
by: Kathy

The average age for Australian Shepherds is 12-15 yrs old however some live shorter/longer lives. My female aussie is 13 yrs old and is pretty healthy and peppy for her age... she keeps up pretty good with my 8 yr old male aussie.

Life Expectancy
by: Harley's mom

We just lost our 10 year old male Aussie. Apparently he was suffering hymotoma from a tumor which caused his heart to fail.

We thought our wonderful dog had a few more years.

My best friend
by: Anonymous

My best friend Milo is an aussie, he is going to be 15 years old in June 2014. He is hard of hearing and cant see real well. The tragic thing with him is his hip displeasia. Its taking its toll. I go to the vets to get cordisone shots every other month, along with anti-inflammatory pills. Sad to say his quality of life is slipping. Am in a quandry as to what to do for him. I will miss him when he is gone. Greg.

15 1/2 years old and counting….
by: Anonymous

Our female Aussie will be 16 in summer 2014. Her mother lived to be a few months shy of 20 years. They both were standard AKC Aussies, but on the small side. We've been told larger sized Aussies don't tend to have the longevity of smaller ones. Our senior girl is hard of hearing and sleeps a lot, but she still enjoys walks. She was an avid frisbee catcher until she was 14+ years. Good luck to you with your senior dog!

15 and counting
by: Anonymous

My Aussie Bosco turned 15 on Sept 2nd, 2014. He was going strong until last yr. and could no longer hike with me or go on long walks. We still walk a slow mile everyday and everything else is o.k. He is also the smartest dog I have ever known.

Slowing down baby
by: Anonymous

We lost our first Aussie when 9, due to tumor. The blood line. Our current baby is 13.5 and seems to be slowing down. Much sleeping. Eating & pooping, stellar. loves to go out. BUT, is losing bladder control. Any thoughts?

My Baby
by: Anonymous

I am trying desperately not to cry while I write this. My baby girl was just shy of her 15th birthday and we put her down 3 days ago. Worst day of my life. For the person who posted about losing bladder control, she had that problem for years. Proin from the vet controlled it awesomely the entire time. The dosage is something we adjusted continually to fit the problem. Keep it in her system and she'll be fine. Our baby girl was getting too weak and in pain. We made the hard decision. She broke a leg when she was 8 and broke 2 teeth (loved to chew on ice!), but we overcame that with glucosamine chondroitin and fish oils. I swear that gave her all the more years that we had. For the last year or so she was either getting hip dysplasia or degenerative myelopathy, her back legs were almost useless, her front legs began giving out, we had to help her up stairs. She could no longer go on walks and she cried constantly. I am thankful for the 15 wonderful years she gave me and I will miss her for the rest of my life. But again, for those out there with Aussies, please remember not to keep them alive for you, when you know they are tired. They will stay here for you, they will fight through their ailments because of their sense of duty. It will be up to you to let them know it's okay to go, that they can rest until you meet again. Hug your Aussie tight- time goes by faster than you can imagine.

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