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9 Large Dog Breeds That Live The Longest

Irish Setter laying under tall trees

When a person is looking to get a large dog, they may be hesitant. Big dogs usually do not live that long. They may not want to go through the heartache of losing a dog within a few years. These are some large dog breeds that will live a long time for the family to enjoy them.

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute standing on large rocks in front of trees

For a large dog, this breed will live 10 to 12 years. They need regular exercise, a good diet, and will need a lot of love and attention. This dog can weigh between 70 and 100 pounds which makes it a large dog. Due to its size, it will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation. This dog was bred to be big so it can work. It may have some hip issues. If the owner takes care of the dog and gets it regular medical attention, they should be able to live a happy and long life for their size.

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer standing in tall grass near a body of water

The lifespan of this dog is 12 to 15 years. The dog can weigh on average between 55 and 85 pounds. The dog has a unique bearded look to it and is a working dog. For the dog to be happy and healthy it will need physical exercise. The dog will need to be walked and it will need mental stimulation to keep it sharp and healthy.

Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois laying on wooden bench

This is another dog that can live between 12 and 15 years. This breed has a lot of energy and will need a lot of exercises. It does best on a farm or where there is a lot of areas to run and play. This breed makes a good family dog and will be an active participant with the family members.

Irish Setter

Irish Setter standing in autumn woods

This large dog breed can live a happy and healthy life for an average of 12 years. This dog will need to be fed the proper diet to avoid any gastrointestinal issues which they are known for. A person will also need to make sure the dog does not get ticks as it can have complications from Lyme disease. The dog will make a great family pet and will want to play along. With the proper care and preventative measures, this big dog can have a happy life

Curly Coated Retriever

Curly Coated Retriever sitting outdoors in grass surrounded by trees

This curly-haired dog will live an average of 8 to 12 years. This dog is part of the retriever family making it even-tempered but high energy. The dog will do best with a family that is active and will allow for plenty of exercises. This breed is also very intelligent so they will need a lot of mental stimulation. This dog wants to be a member of the family.


3 Collie laying in grass

This breed can live 10 to 15 years. They are active and agile. The dog has a lot of energy and will need to use this energy. If the dog does not get enough exercise it can become depressed and show some problem behaviors. The dog will be a family participant and will want to go on outings along with the family.

Australian Cattle Dog

Close up portrait of an Australian Cattle Dog

This dog breed lives on average 12 years. There have been some dogs of this breed that can live as long as 16 years. The dog likes to run and will need to be active. The family will need to make sure the dog gets exercise to avoid some common health problems. They are highly intelligent therefore early socializing training is recommended for them. If not kept occupied, they will become bored and their energy can be destructive.

Chow Chow

Close up portrait of a Chow Chow

This furry dog lives between 8 and 12 years on average. There have been some that can live as long as 15 years. The dog is prone to some eye issues, so the owner needs to be aware of this and get the dog proper medical attention. The dog will need a lot of grooming too. They can be friendly and patient and make great pets.

American Alsatian

The average life span of this dog breed is between 12 to 15 years. Due to their gigantic size and large bones, they can weigh on an average from 90lbs to 100lbs and can reach the height of 30 to 33 inches. This dog breed was bred to be confident and loving in nature. They love their families wholeheartedly and makes a great addition to the family. They are also hyperactive in nature and needs enough exercise. They are best suited for the houses with large backyard.

These are some of the dog breeds that are larger but will live a long life. A family does not have to be worried about the dog only living a short time. With the right care, these dogs can live a happy and long life.

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