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Average life span of Rotties?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by pearltheplank, May 2, 2011.


  1. pearltheplank

    pearltheplank PetForums VIP

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    My friend has a Rottie and has been told average age is 8? That seems rather short, surely thats not right?
     
  2. SixStar

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    I'd of thought it would be around 10 - 12 yrs personally. 8 seems a little short for a Rott - but then my breeds (the BMD) average is 7 - 9 years, so it does happen in big breeds.
     
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    I dont think its uncommon to lose rotties at 8 but some can live much longer the average been around 10ish i think.
     
  4. blueribbonuk

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    we lost our rottie to 11 yrs
     
  5. simplysardonic

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    I think between 9 & 12 years is the norm, although I know of a Rottie cross who was 15 when he died & I know of one who died at just 7
     
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    Have also been told that the lifespan is 8.
    Dont think that is the official given lifespan though that is a bit older.
     
  7. Blondie

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    Average lifespan for a rottie is indeed 8 years. If you get a rottie to double figures, thats rare. Far too many of this breed die young, a lot younger than 8.

    My veteran girlie is now 8 1/2 and I give thanks every day I still have her and so far, she is the picture of health, becuase you never know what the next day will bring.

    Over the years we've lost rotties at the ages of

    3
    8
    12
    11
    9
    9
    8
     
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    Thanks cearott that is helpful
    Here's to your veteran girlies, lots more healthy days for her I hope
     
  9. the flintstones

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    Rotties can have soooooo many problems that can shorten their lifespan , on an Amercian Rottie site I visit so many dogs die of cancer its heartbreaking.
    Ive got two Rotts one who is 2 and has ED and had both elbows operated on last year.
    My 15 month old boy has entropian, was a crytorchid before he was castrated, overshot slightly, and has HD in right hip and ED and this was all diagnosed when he was 10 months.
    Fiona
     
  10. Blondie

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    Yeah, every rottie me and family have ever owned have all gone with cancer of some sort.

    Sorry to say, but your boy must have been so badly bred hun, to suffer with all those afflictions is terrible and really sad!!:eek::(
     
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    You are right in what you say, he was badly bred .
    My hubs bought him as a prezzie for me so I had no say in the matter and he was such a butterball when he arrived , the breeder didnt care and my heart rules my head . Thank god i got insured, he will be loved and cared for till the day comes to say goodbye.
    He is a very special boy and I love him very much (he is not very bright either )
    I will get some piccys posted of them
    Fiona
     
  12. simplysardonic

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    I was lucky and got my old girlie 2 11.5 years, but she had a huge cancerous tumor, all too common in our breed the big "C", 8 is the average age, so anything over this is a triumph :)

    Fiona your boy sounds like my lad Bailey, not much in the grey matter department lol :D
     
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    It sure is!!

    And what really interests me is that they have found a genetic link between bone cancer and vaccinations and are now conducting further research - cant wait till results come out from that one!!

    Also, dogs which have had the TPLO method of fixing cruciate ligaments are more prone to get bone cancer in the affected leg, so much so, some US Vets are now refusing to use this method.
     
  15. simplysardonic

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    That will be interesting to see, I know Bob is a cross but I think of him as more Rott than anything else. He was a rescue so we haven't a clue about his history & I worry about him all the time, anyone who would breed Rottweilers with Sibes wouldn't be an ethical breeder IMO
     
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    That is so sad that these beauties have a short lifespan. My friends boy is 7 now but had a toe amputated due to cancer and the vet is unsure if it has spread to his bones
     
  18. simplysardonic

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    that must be so worrying, poor boy:(
     
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    My friends Rottie Digger just turned 11 on Valentines day and he's still doing well. I hope your friends has a long life also...
     
  20. the flintstones

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    Loving the name Digger:)
     
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