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Old 07-04-2012, 11:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My previous Basset died at age 16. Is that unusual or about normal? Just wondering what you guys have experienced as far as life span. I don't like the things I've read about Basset life expectancy. Hoping it's wrong....it was in the case of my first Basset. Just hoping that my boys will live forever....Monte is 11 and Oliver is 7.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The average is generally considered to be 12-13, which is what most of my hounds reach. So far the best I've done is Gabby, who was just a few months shy of her 14th birthday when she went to the bridge.
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Long of 17 years short of 2 1/2


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The average is generally considered to be 12-13
Not even close to being reasonable i think studies are nmore in the 7-9 year range but they are not reliable either because the use dog hospital records that are skewd by acute trrauma early in life ie car accidents. 12-13 even factoring out and acute injury and puppy diseases i very optomistic for mean age 10-11 is a more realisitic figure.

Basset hound longeviety the two british studies put it at 11-12 IMHO those studies that rely on owner feeedback tend to overestimae longeviety because owners self selelect out the dog that are on the low end of the bell curve because that was a special rare circumstance but leave in the fliers on the high end, where in ones that rely on animal hospitals just the opposite happens.
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12-13 seems to be the norm for my guys. Although I have lost dogs as young as 9 for health issues (cancer) I've had a lot more reach 12 than didn't.
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We adopted Gus three months ago, and he's estimated to be eight or nine years old. Fortunately, at his last check-up, the vet said he's in robust health. This is despite a severe case of heart-worm before we adopted him. I hope my baby G has many years ahead of him!
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We adopted Gus three months ago, and he's estimated to be eight or nine years old. Fortunately, at his last check-up, the vet said he's in robust health. This is despite a severe case of heart-worm before we adopted him. I hope my baby G has many years ahead of him!
I hope he does too!! How awesome it is that you adopted Gus as a senior! Lucky, lucky him! He looks like a handsome happy guy!
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12-13 seems to be the norm for my guys. Although I have lost dogs as young as 9 for health issues (cancer) I've had a lot more reach 12 than didn't.
12 is just not long enough! I have Macaws that will live to be 75 or so. Wouldn't it be awesome if our beloved hounds could live that long?
Was hoping everybody would say 16 was a common age (like my 1st Basset). Hoping that Monte would have at least 5 more years-maybe he will defy the odds too.
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I don't want to jinx things, but Lightning is 14 and 1/4 years old, and he's doing very well. I can tell that despite the various meds he's on, his back and/or hips hurt him, but he still runs around like a nut. He's got lupus, his eyesight is bad and his hearing is either selective or bad, I can't decide which, but otherwise he's healthy as a horse. Stomps would have lived much longer if he hadn't hurt his back and had to be put to sleep. We never knew his exact age, but I would guess he was about 13. So don't count your kids out when they hit 12.
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his hearing is either selective or bad, I can't decide which
Haha :] The beauty of owning a Basset! There is almost no line between selective hearing and loss of hearing. They're a sneaky lot, they are.
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My Basset Chloe lived to be 16 and 1 month.
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