We all know that our beloved dogs age faster than we do. While we live on, the world whizzes by for them at a speed several times faster that it does around us. Like the Elves in Tolkien's mythology, who saw the men (the atantari) grow old and die in dismay, we feel a pang of regret as we watch the nose of our dogs slowly turn white, and their energy drop. We remember the time when they used to whizz around non stop after a ball, or with us, tirelessly.
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Some say that a single year of a dog measures upto 15 years for humans. The oldest dog in the world was "Bluey" - an Australian cattle dog who was put to sleep at the age of 29 years! The average life span of a dog is 13-15 years. Here are some of the factors that a dog's life span depends on: 1) Smaller dogs typically live 1.5 times longer than larger dogs. 2) The diet - A healthy diet with proper nutrition makes a difference. There is insufficient evidence showing that either a purely vegetarian or non vegetarian diet has a significant effect. Vets are unanimous however, in recommending a balanced diet. 3) The Genes - Certain dogs like the Miniature Poodle have longer life spans. 4) Spayed or neutered dogs tend to live slightly longer as well. 5) Female dogs seem to once again (Just like in humans) have a life span advantage over their male counterparts. If you're reading this article, and have a tip as to what affects a dog's life span, please tell us! We would love to know.