Senior dogs have different care requirements than those of younger dogs. Taking care of their specific needs will ensure that your senior pooch stays healthy, happy, and with you for many years to come.
At what age is my dog considered a senior dog or geriatric?
It mainly depends on the breed and the dog’s unique traits. Small breeds are considered old when they are 10 or 11 years of age. Medium sized breeds, like Golden Retriever, come seniors at the age of 8-10, and giant breeds are considered old by the age of 5 or 6.
- Small sized breeds, under 9kg: 9 – 13 years old
- Medium sized breed, 9 – 22kg: 9 – 11 years old
- Large/Giant sized breed, over 22kg: 6 – 9 years old
|Dog Breed||Age Expectancy||Dog Breed||Age Expectancy|
|Afghan Hound||12||Jack Russell Terrier||13.6|
|Airedale Terrier||11.2||Labrador Retriever||12.6|
|American Staffordshire Terrier||12.3||Lurcher||12.6|
|Basset Hound||12.8||Miniature Dachshund||14.4|
|Bearded Collie||12.3||Miniature Poodle||14.8|
|Bernese Mountain Dog||7||Newfoundland (dog)||10|
|Border Collie||13||Norfolk Terrier||10|
|Border Terrier||13.8||Old English Sheepdog||11.8|
|Cavalier King Charles Spaniel||10.7||Rough Collie||12.2|
|Chow Chow||13.5||Scottish Deerhound||9.5|
|American Cocker Spaniel||12.5||Scottish Terrier||12|
|Doberman Pinscher||9.8||Shih Tzu||13.4|
|English Cocker Spaniel||11.8||Siberian Husky||13.5|
|English Setter||11.2||Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier||13.2|
|English Springer Spaniel||13||Staffordshire Bull Terrier||14|
|English Toy Spaniel||10.1||Standard Poodle||12|
|Flat-Coated Retriever||9.5||Tibetan Terrier||14.3|
|German Shepherd||10.3||Toy Poodle||14.4|
|German Shorthaired Pointer||12.3||Vizsla||12.5|
|Gordon Setter||11.3||Welsh Corgi||11.3|
|Great Dane||8.4||Welsh Springer Spaniel||11.5|
|Greyhound||13.2||West Highland White Terrier||12.8|
|Irish Red and White Setter||12.9||Wire Fox Terrier||13|
|Irish Setter||11.8||Yorkshire Terrier||12.8|
Here is some expert advice on keeping your aging dog healthy, happy and comfortable during their golden years
Since they cannot regulate their own body temperatures that well anymore, it’s important to keep them warm and cosy when it’s cold, and also not keep them outside in the sun when it’s really hot.
Ensure their diet is best suited for them, especially if you suspect they are overweight. We can help with an assessment and prescription food if necessary.
Keep your dog at a healthy weight, because excess weight can place unnecessary stress on their joints.
Regular exercise has many benefits, but speak to us about a recommended and appropriate exercise program for your pooch.
Regular vet checkups are one of the most important things when it comes to caring for older dog. We recommend bringing in older dogs once every 6 months.
Keep your older dog’s teeth healthy either by washing it daily or giving him dental treats. Also, an annual dental visit to the vet is a very good idea!
Deworming and parasite treatments should continue as normal, but vaccinations do not need to be administered as often as with younger dogs. Check with us regarding your dog’s individual needs.
Brush your dog regularly, and use special shampoos if his skin is dry or irritated.
Help them move around the house, like providing an easy accessible bed, carpets and rugs for traction and if necessary, restricting access to difficult areas like staircases.
Spend lots of time with your aging dog, walking, playing, giving them treats and cherishing the memories and every day spent with them.