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I was talking to someone yesterday who was asking how old my dogs are. When I told him Gus was 13 now he said "hopefully you will have him around for a few more months". I was a but taken aback as although I know it's a good age for a lab I'm sure I've heard of older labs.

It got me wondering what age a lab can live to and I thought where better to ask than here. Who has the oldest lab - come on give me some hope for old Gus!

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What a good question :D

Think it's Dawns/Alfmar Alfred she hasn't been on for a while

Edited to go have a look and he's 15 in May :D
 

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I was talking to someone yesterday who was asking how old my dogs are. When I told him Gus was 13 now he said "hopefully you will have him around for a few more months".
Norma
how tactful of them to say that!!!! :roll:

I saw a dog the other day (not a lab) it was 21 years old and fed leftovers mixed in with dog food. It has to be said the sweet little dog did look 21yrs old as it was a bit frail and was very grey but other than that it was still enjoying a gentle walk and was a content dog! (the owner doesnt go on holiday though!!).

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Last weekend on my way back from a walk with Alfie i saw a really elderly lab, its owner came out to see Alfie and said he was 16 years and 7mths.. :D He was deaf and didn;t bark anymore but still loved his food and a wee 20 min walk a day, just enough for for the owner to get to the shops and back. A very placid old lad and very grey.
 

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13 is just a spring chicken!

My Dill was 15.5 when we had to make the most hideous decision. He was sprightly and amazing until his last 6 months. I've also heard of labs living longer too.

Can use this to post a photo of him? Aged 15 and 4 months:
 

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I thik Labs and other animals are like us, they all live for different spans, sadly some get taken far too young but others go on well past their natural lifespan :)
 

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We had our Chocolate, Joe, until he was 15. He was a rescue lab who was 50 kilos when we got him aged 5! managed to get him down to 30 kilos and he had a great life. Some people say the most insesitive things!!

 

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What a stupid thing to say 8O

I wonder who has got the oldest lab on LF though - can anyone beat Dawn's Alfred at 15?

Sam sometimes meets a female choccy lab at the park who is 15 and she's a lovely dog, so nice to him because he was very shy at first, she saunters along with her owner but believe me she can move, if she sees me she's straight over to see if I have biscuits! (Her owner was teasing me and said she could have some of Sam's I would never give anyone's dog anything otherwise!).

17 is a fantastic age Genevive, they were definately doing something right there! :D
 

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Now that's more like it, lots o f lovely old labs. I have to say that although Gus has been with us for about 9 moinths now he actually seems younger than when he arrived. He is certainly fitter but I think the biggest change has been due to being around younger dogs. He has picked up some quite puppyish ways.

I had to laught at him this morning as he joined in a game with Oscar and Molly. They do this thing where one prances and barks to the other like they are saying "chase me, chase me" and the other obliges. This morning Molly did this and Gus just launched himself. Molly was not expecting that but she loved the chase. Gus didn't run after her for very long as he knows she's ftoo ast but he looked very pleased with himself.

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There is a lady I see sometimes on our walks; she has a lovely yellow girl called Chance; who is 18.

I used to see her every week or so; but I haven't seen her for a good couple of months, so I do wonder if the poor old girl has gone to the Bridge.

She was very slow on her feet but apparently she still had a mad five minutes every now and again if she met a puppy that wanted to play. The last time I saw the lady she had also polished off their Sunday roast; nicked it clean off the worktop... :lol: :lol: I remember looking at Frank and thinking, "Damn, I hoped you'd quit that once you got to about 10!"
 

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My first lab Giddy was about 15.We we're completely sure of his age because he was a rescue dog and he'd been picked up as a stray.The vet put him at about 3 yrs when we first got him and we had him for about 12 yrs.He was a great dog!He was brilliant when I had both my DD's, he was so proud and protective of them!
 

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My Annie will be 16 years old in April , she doesn't go for walks anymore as she can't stand for to long but she is content to wander in the garden and sleep.She can't go in the car anymore so I have home visits from the vets. She recently had a really bad infection on her neck, with antibiotics she is back to her old self. I know her quality of life is ok as she has always been a couch potato. Hopefully I will know when the time is right for the bridge, but for now she still puts Molly in her place and still finishes her food before her
 

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Just had my angel sent off to the big sleep today. She was a black lab - Saffy, aged 17 yrs and 3 months old. I like to think she lived as long as she did because she was well cared for and well loved. In the end, she was weeing and pooing in her bed and became disinterested in get out of it. He back legs were wasting away and she was losing weight. Steady weight of 28kgs, end weight of 19kgs. I felt like a monster sending her with her daddy to the vet, but I know it was the best thing for her. My heart is breaking.
 

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What a lovely face Saffy has. She lives on in your memories. Sorry for the loss you are feeling. Take care x
 

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And what a gorgeous lady Saffy was :angel13: .

RIP at the :rainbowbridge sweet girl.

I am sorry your girl has gone you must have given her a lovely life and have loads of very special memories to cherish :grouphuuug: s.

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