Discussion in 'Canine genetics and heredity issues' started by lynndiako, Jan 20, 2005.
what is the normal life expectancy for a boxer?
9-11 years for the average healthy dog. Many live to be 12-13, some don't make 9, but usually by 8-9 you've got a senior dog on your hands and they need special monitoring to catch things quickly in case they develop.
Being boxers, they don't really start slowing down until 7 or 8, and long after that they're still capable of some bursts of youthful energy.
When you compare their life expectancy to how great of a pet they are their entire lives, it really is pretty sad :( I've always heard Boxers didn't have exceptionally long life expectancys!
Unfortunately, the general rule is the larger the breed, the shorter the life expectancy. I had a friend with a Saint Bernard that was an old old man at 7.
Boxers, just like people are biologically different. Depending on the breeder, a good breeder will check to make sure that there are no genetic faults, or very few, boxers can get quite alot of illnesses. Heart, cancer, blood disorders just to name a few. And not breeding a poor quality makes all the boxer gene pool a lot stronger.
The better one checks on the breeder; to see what and if they check for in their breeding stock is the key to how long will a boxer live. This is not 100% either. Disease can happen to the healthiest.And some conditions like heat stroke happen because the owner wasnt paying attention to how hot the boxer was getting. Owners play a huge role in the life expectancy of their kids.
My first boxer lived for 13yrs (and that is awesome, not too many reach that age).
So many factors affect the boxers age, however 10yrs is the norm. plus or minus.
Now I had heard that having them on a barf diet helps to prolong life expectancy. (and of course as soon as I heard that I put kneesaa on it :D)
As far as large dogs go.... I had dog named Jack, he was half St. Bernard and half Great Dane, he was an absolute monster. Very big and strong and very protective, and he made it to the ripe old age of 14. Eventually, my step dad called the vet and had the vet come to the house and put old Jack to rest. My step dad burried him on his property and set up a tree stump so he could go out there and sit with his old friend.
And I hope my Boxer lives forever.
There are always exceptions, of course, but the average lifespan for a Dobe is actually 9.6 years. The DPCA instituted a Longevity program some years ago, recognizing those dogs who lived longer than average (10+ years) and those dogs who were Bred for Longevity.
We don't really know the average lifespan for the Boxer. The site I posted is for the Doberman Pinscher Club of America Longevity program - they did a survey of thousands of Dobes to determine the average lifespan. Such a thing has not been done in Boxers. So, we have guesses like 8-10 or 10-12 years, but nothing specific based on a large number of dogs.
Best advice I can give
If possible look for the breeder to give you info on how long the great grandparents, and grandparents lived. While this is no garenty on how long your dog will live, it is logical to believe yor dog will have close to the same lifespan. However you can't tell the end at the begining.
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