German Shepherd Lifespan: How Long Do German Shepherds Live?

The German Shepherd dog (GSD) has been the second most popular dog in the US for ten years and has been in the top ten for decades. It’s no wonder either. 

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So, how old do German Shepherds live, and are there ways to extend your German Shepherd’s life? Keep reading and find out!

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How Long Do German Shepherds Live?

The average life expectancy for the German shepherd dog is between 10 and 13 years.

Factors affecting German Shepherd Lifespan

The German Shepherd dog’s longevity can be affected by a variety of factors. It’s possible to avoid many of these issues.


A balanced meal is vital to your German Shepherd puppy’s health. Large breed puppies should be fed a specially prepared chow that supports joint health.


Puppies require adequate exercise in addition to nutrients. Experts say a three-month-old GSD can walk for 15 minutes, and a one-year-old GSD can exercise for an hour. 


The longevity of a GSD is heavily influenced by how they are bred. Many breeders choose practical and temperamental dogs above cosmetically pleasing dogs. 


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