How long do Border Collies live in general
Posted 04 July 2003 - 05:13 AM
Posted 04 July 2003 - 05:32 AM
I do know that the bigger the dog the shorter the life span.
Posted 04 July 2003 - 07:52 AM
Most border collies that I know are still going strong at 12 - 13 years of age - herding, etc.
My friend's one Border Collie (who has no working instinct whatsoever btw) is 13.5 years of age and will be at the agility nationals competing in the veteran's class. She is still going strong and at the last eye clinic the vet thought she was around 8 years of age!
I think a lot of it has to do with how well the dogs are looked after their entire life, good food, lots of exercise, health concerns looked after immediately, etc etc
Posted 04 July 2003 - 12:50 PM
I have one that's 10 and a half and still working every day. Her mother is 15 and deaf, but still likes to work chickens.
The other answer is that good dogs live forever.
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Posted 04 July 2003 - 04:42 PM
Our Lab/German Shepherd lived just over 15 years. And she was no where near as active and healthy as Fergie, our Border Collie/Lab.
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