I'm considering getting a big dog for my family, but I'm worried about their life expectancy as I've heard that larger breeds typically have shorter lifespans. I've been doing some research and came across the Irish wolfhound and Great Dane breeds, which I really like. However, I'm wondering if crossing one of these breeds with a smaller big dog breed like a Doberman would increase the chances of the dog living longer.
I want to make sure that the dog I choose will be with our family for as long as possible, so any insights or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I have a mixed breed dog that is a cross between a Great Dane and a Bullmastiff. He is a very large dog and I was also worried about his lifespan before getting him. However, my dog is currently 8 years old and still going strong. Though he's a crossbreed, he inherited more of the Dane's characteristics, which I think is why he has a longer lifespan.
From my experience with a mixed breed, it seems that crossing breeds can increase longevity. But it's important to keep in mind that every dog is different and genetics isn't the only factor that affects lifespan. Proper care, such as regular vet checkups, exercise, and a healthy diet, is also crucial for a dog's longevity.
Hope that helps!