Anyone who gets a puppy that intends to love and cherish it throughout its life will have to accept the fact it will eventually get older. Sad but that’s the reality. This is likely to come sooner than most dog owners would like to think about. Dogs simply don’t live as long as humans. With this in mind, it’s reasonable to expect their aging process moves a whole lot more quickly, too.
The general rule of thumb is that dogs typically have a lifespan that falls in at less than 20 years. Smaller breeds tend to live a bit longer than larger breeds. The typical range for a small dog involves an upper reach of nearly 20 years. The very large breeds don’t tend to live longer than 10 years. There are exceptions to the rules, however. Some dogs have been known to live upward of three decades.