OLD ENGLISH SHEEP DOG Record Age?

HI MY OLD ENGILISH IS 16 YEARS OLD IS THIS A RECORD FOR THIS BREED
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What is the secret to longevity ???????????????
Clue us in.......
WOW!!! I have a 14 years old....she is in good shape except for some spine issues!!! Congratulations!!! How about a picture of your 16 year old...here is my Pearl girl....



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According to recent breed health survey there have been OES (male and female) that lived to be at least 17 in the past ten years.

Secret to longevity? Among other things, I'm sure: keep them lean! Many of those who don't succumb to cancer (#1 killer in our breed) seem to go due to mobility problems and any excess weight means stressing the joints.

And 14-16 is a very nice age in this breed. Consider yourselves lucky. 11-12 is probably more typical.

Kristine
I can't believe pearl is 14!

I think Madeline Erickson had a dog that lived to be 17 or 18!!

My first OES lived to be 15...And sometimes I torture myself thinking I put him down too soon :cry: :cry:
Ashley wrote:
I can't believe pearl is 14!

I think Madeline Erickson had a dog that lived to be 17 or 18!!

My first OES lived to be 15...And sometimes I torture myself thinking I put him down too soon :cry: :cry:



15~~~~ I am hoping that Pearl keeps healthy and 'sane' enuff for still a little (longer) while... When the other 2 starts to rough house, Pearl is always trying to get in the middle and I worry so that she will slip on the hard wood floors or one of the other clowns will jump on her and hurt her...but then I think, at least she is doing everything she wants to do..AND IF something DOES happen, she will have lived life to the fullest!!!!!!!!!!! :wink: :wink:
sheepieshake wrote:
Ashley wrote:
I can't believe pearl is 14!

I think Madeline Erickson had a dog that lived to be 17 or 18!!

My first OES lived to be 15...And sometimes I torture myself thinking I put him down too soon :cry: :cry:



15~~~~ I am hoping that Pearl keeps healthy and 'sane' enuff for still a little (longer) while... When the other 2 starts to rough house, Pearl is always trying to get in the middle and I worry so that she will slip on the hard wood floors or one of the other clowns will jump on her and hurt her...but then I think, at least she is doing everything she wants to do..AND IF something DOES happen, she will have lived life to the fullest!!!!!!!!!!! :wink: :wink:


very good attitude Val. When Max went at 13, he had been extremely active right up until 6 months before his seizures started. I am sure we could have prolonged his life a little longer - but for what, it wasn't the life he had always led and he was troubled by his inability to be mobile without help.
Kerry....

It is so hard to make that decision and NO ONE can make it for you, since YOU are the one who knows and loves your dog. I learned with Millie....I kept her for 5 days longer than I should have. I KNEW in my heart that the meds would not release the pressure so she could use her back legs again (she slipped and fell on the hardwood floors and never got up again...)~~~ but her being my first dog with the responsibility of deciding her fate, I was just a mess..of course since we both loved her so much!!! I may have said this before, but after we let her go, Dino turned to me with tears in his eyes and said..."We should have waited!" But I knew we did the right thing, I saw it in her eyes as she went to the bridge. She was hanging on for US!!! But I will not make that mistake with Pearl.... :cry:
my miss daytona is 14 right now her eye sight and hearing is failing but still a good old girl
There has been a gentleman (named KC if I recall correctly?) who has attended several NEOESR picnics who is into life extension for his dogs. He keeps them *very* thin.

I met two of his one year, Weezer who was 17 and another who was (again, if I recall) 15. Weezer was up and walking! However he did seem to be confused.
18 years and 1 week old for one of ours, here is champas on her 18th birthday. 1 week later she passed away in her sleep.

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We also asked the question through different sources was this a record age for the breed, I got a reply back that apparently an OES in the UK lived to 22. They could not give me any details, like name of dog, how long ago etc etc, nothing followed the original reply so I dont know how factual that is as to wether it is true or not. :wink:
22 8O

That cake is marvellous! :clappurple:
18!!! WOW.....
Ron...I remember seeing those dogs you were talking about. And at the time one of them was 15 or 16....

Val...Pearl looks GREAT!!
:D

Michelina~
WOW is right. Unfortunately we lost our first two at 7 1/2 and 9 1/2. We are really watching what we are feeding Macy and Digit. LISAOES could
you tell us what you feed your dogs?
Thanks Jill
My Old english sheepdog lived to be 17.
Jill & Barry wrote:
WOW is right. Unfortunately we lost our first two at 7 1/2 and 9 1/2. We are really watching what we are feeding Macy and Digit. LISAOES could
you tell us what you feed your dogs?
Thanks Jill



my old girl is 13 years old ( lost a lot of earing) but for the rest she is still in top physical shape, she still acts like a puppy , running and playing , i feed her pedigree vitality (open 20pound bag she eats when she`s ungry i beleive that if you restrict food to x amount of time a day /portions they get really possesive whit food and when they get a change they overeat) always done that whit all my dogs and they are never overweight, she gets some table scraps ( fruits,vegetable,steak bone,yogourt,an egg once in a while,granola/nuts just healty scraps)
My Mac made it to his 13th birthday, 4 days later he was gone. His hind legs and hips were going.
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