Typically, the average life span of a German Shepherd is 10 to 13 years. Some of the health issues that can influence their life span include hip and elbow dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, pannus, malabsorption syndrome, pancreatic atrophy and bloat. As they are often used as working dogs, German Shepherds are very active, alert, and fearless. They should be taken on a daily, long walk or jog to keep them well exercised.
A mixed-breed dog may live longer than a full-blooded German Shepherd and have fewer health problems. In general, purebred dogs tend to have health problems due to generations of inbreeding. My family adopted a mixed-breed puppy in 1995, and she lived until almost 2008. She was part German Shepherd and we’re not sure what the other part was, but we think that it was Golden Retriever, Chow, or both. She was such a sweet dog, and we miss her!
The normal lifespan of a German Shepard is 12 to 15 years, but this could vary depending on whether or not the dog is full-breed or mixed-breed. I have a female German Shepard-Chow mix named Coti that is 72 lbs and she will be 12 years old on 2/8. She is still very active and healthy, the only thing is that she can’t jump up on her hind legs like she used to.
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