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Chock Full o' Nuts

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Posted: 08/11/19 12:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Deb and Ed M wrote:

Aren't poodles and Bichons breeds that tend to live longer? My Aussiepoo is 11 and still silly and playful in spite of losing his sight to diabetes (he still insists on playing fetch!) And having a white muzzle - you don't see the graying that tends to give away some dogs' ages.

Clearly, you've done a great job of rehabbing your dog!!


I think little dogs generally do live longer. Some Bichons live well into their mid-to-late teens. And with them being white, you just don't see them graying.


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dturm wrote:

It's pretty easy to tell up to about 1-2 years. Permanent Teeth have a pretty "fixed" eruption date, though it does vary a little. Adult teeth are all in and fully grown by a year. Wear starts at that point and varies greatly by diet and chewing habits. General health, diet genetics and habits cause so much variation that any guess at that point is just that - a guess.

Doug, DVM


Thanks, Dr. Doug. My DH will be thrilled to be vindicated, LOL. And I am happy because we might be able to enjoy this little doggy for longer than we thought.

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We run into the age problem with our Kaylee. She was a stray off the street and being a terrier cross, she's "energetic." She's got terrible teeth, gum disease and we've done several cleanings since we got her. I'm guessing she is at least 10 but could be a lot older.


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Traditionally rescue groups would say "2 to 5 years" for any dog (or cat) that isn't a puppy or definite senior - regardless of whether the actual age was known. Most folks didn't want senior dogs, so the 2-5 age bracket was part of the adoption game to get animals adopted.

Nowadays, it's not as hard to adopt older animals, so that doesn't happen as often. And with animal empathy stronger than ever, it is even a possibilty that an animal will be estimated as older to get the sympathy adoption.


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Our Japanese Chin is 15 and has only been turning whiter in the face the last couple of years. She is still very agile and playful and can run fast. She just sleeps more than she did when she was younger.

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