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Carol

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Can any experienced Chin owners tell me the average life expectancy of the breed? I know small dogs usually live longer than large dogs, but I've read in several places that Chin life spans are about 9-11 years. I have a 12 year old(and he acts like a puppy)but his parents as well as his three litter mates have all gone on to "that big dog bone factory in the sky".

Carol in B'more
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I too would like to know the answer to that question along with what the diets of these dogs are. 

What is the diet of your 12 your old puppy?   Is it regular dry dog food, premium dry dog food, canned, table scraps, or raw diet? What treats do you give?  How much sunshine does your dog get.  Do you supplement with doggie vitamins? I'm just really curious.

 

 

 

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Hi.

I had a 16 year old rescue come and live with me as nobody wanted a Chin that old plus I was told she would live only a few more months. She lived with me for 4 years. I was astonished, she had gone blind in that time, she was deaf to begin with. She came to me matted up with pee and worse, nails turned into her pads, ears clogged and stuck together, skin condition, filthy teeth (they all had to come out) worm infested and so very skinny. I thought she maybe last the week. I have not seen any dog in this stench full condition. She was fed on Eukanuba and had oily fish( she liked Pilchards), chicken and would have what leftovers we had as she liked mashed potato best, trouble was, we had to be careful of she had too much as it would clog up her mouth, she would 'gum' to death dry biscuits and often finished off the cats food....whatever it was with her, it gave  her a good long life. My vet suggested she be put to sleep...I am glad I took no notice of his advice..I have a page for her on my website, she was called Tanni...

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I have three Chin(12,9,& 7), and their diet is 75% premium dry dog food which I supplement with whatever I have on hand for added taste...a few table scraps, vegetable broth, chopped veggies, or an oily fish liquid like Lipiderm or Linatone which is good for their coats and tastes good too. Once a week they get wet food. They do get a treat once a day, but very small portions, sometimes a baby carrot which they LOVE!!!! Or sometimes a small crunchy biscuit. I try to watch their weight. My vet told me not only to look for "low-fat" dog food, but to read the labels carefully. Just because a label says "low-fat" doesn't mean that it is. "Low-fat" is about 7-8% crude fat. There are LOTS of dog foods out there that say they're low-fat, with labels stating as much as 15% crude fat...THAT'S NOT LOW-FAT. My dogs have a puppy door and exercise themselves. Last summer, my 9 year old Chin had to have major surgery on both her knees. As part of her recuperation, I had to leash walk her twice a day. She loved her walks!!! The other two were jealous so I began walking them too. I had know idea they would love their walks so much but they do . We walk a couple of times a week in good weather.When I first got my eldest Chin,the 12 year old, I didn't have a house with a puppy door, and I walked him three or four times a day...long walks too. I absolutely believe that his longevity is because of these daily walks for the first two years of his life. So now, it's apparent to me that for ALL of us, dogs and people, diet and exercise = longer, healthier lives.
Linda, so nice to hear about your sixteen year old Chin living another four years!!! You made my day! And good for you for following your instincts and not putting the dog down as your vet suggested. And hooray for you for rescuing!!!

Carol in B'more.
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I have three Chin(12,9,& 7), and their diet is 75% premium dry dog food which I supplement with whatever I have on hand for added taste...a few table scraps, vegetable broth, chopped veggies, or an oily fish liquid like Lipiderm or Linatone which is good for their coats and tastes good too. Once a week they get wet food. They do get a treat once a day, but very small portions, sometimes a baby carrot which they LOVE!!!! Or sometimes a small crunchy biscuit. I try to watch their weight. My vet told me not only to look for "low-fat" dog food, but to read the labels carefully. Just because a label says "low-fat" doesn't mean that it is. "Low-fat" is about 7-8% crude fat. There are LOTS of dog foods out there that say they're low-fat, with labels stating as much as 15% crude fat...THAT'S NOT LOW-FAT. My dogs have a puppy door and exercise themselves. Last summer, my 9 year old Chin had to have major surgery on both her knees. As part of her recuperation, I had to leash walk her twice a day. She loved her walks!!! The other two were jealous so I began walking them too. I had know idea they would love their walks so much but they do . We walk a couple of times a week in good weather.When I first got my eldest Chin,the 12 year old, I didn't have a house with a puppy door, and I walked him three or four times a day...long walks too. I absolutely believe that his longevity is because of these daily walks for the first two years of his life. So now, it's apparent to me that for ALL of us, dogs and people, diet and exercise = longer, healthier lives.
Linda, so nice to hear about your sixteen year old Chin living another four years!!! You made my day! And good for you for following your instincts and not putting the dog down as your vet suggested. And hooray for you for rescuing!!!

Carol in B'more.
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Thank you Carol.

 

I don't believe any animal should die just because it looks unlovable.......they should all have time to see if they can pick up after such a rough time. There are too many vets that will kill an animal rather than give time.

 

Your 'oldies' are doing pretty good also....so good on you as well. I agree with exercise, it gets the blood round the body. I walk every morning early before the air has time to get polluted and have a nice happy bunch plus it does me good as well....

 

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hello! we have BoBo who is 14 and Angel her offspring she is 12.. they are both gettin up there in age.. getting soooo worried. I have to admit..I dont watch too much what they eat.. they have been eating Eukenuba and love it... the senior lamb and rice but have been on the store cheapo brand. I have cats and they love cat food, but thats since has been moved to the outside of the house cuz they eat so much of it! The teeth is my biggest concern. but they love the attention! We love giving it to them, they are the best


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Our experience is a bit skewed as the two Chins we lost over the years both had developed heart murmurs that were progressing.  Biscuit lived to 11 and then died naturally of pulmonary failure which took hold over the course of about 2 weeks.  Tony died at 7, but this was sudden and just a few days prior to the dog food recall, and how this all happened convinces me that he was the victim of that poison. But from what I know 10-12 years is probably an average lifespan for Chins.  Those I have known fall into that range, although, as with people, there are those that exceed that average, and those that do not.  I'd also note that what seems to makes a Chin's passing tough to take is that while they begin to act a bit more mature as they age and slow down some, that puppy playfulness still comes out even at 10 and older, and they never seem to get that old dog look tht many breeds do.  SO it is hard when they pass away as it just does not seem like they were ready to at all.  I can still see our Biscuit's eyes as we sat there talking to him and stroking him just before they closed for the last time, and Tony seemingly smiling and actually waging his tail...until it stopped (getting misty here.) But don't let concerns about their life expectancy get in the way of just how much these little guys and girls bring into your life.  The time with them is gold! 

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I lost my adorable Chin last year at age 12 after flighting with the Congested Heart Failure for 1 1/2 years (I thought small breed has a longer life).  It was a horriable disease to deal with - many sleepless nights due to his non-stop coughing, many visits to the vet and cardiologist, many pills and vitamins to be fed, and many stressful days watching him sufferering I think (but the cardilogist told me he was just uncomfortable). I felt so bad that I can't help him to get better. At the end, I was relieved that he passed way on his own, even though I still miss him a lot.   I wonder if the majority Chins die from their heart problem. If so, I think the Chin owners should ask the vet to check their heart when they are at age 6-7 & to get early treatment to slow down the disease. 


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May - So sorry for your loss, as I know how hard it is, but 12 is a good age and it sounds as if you gave him a good and happy life.  That's all a Chin asks and expects from its owner.  Our vet indicated that heart problems are not necessarily a Chin problem.  We just happened to have two along the way that suffered from this condition.  Biscuit, who  succumber to it was 11, and was quite active and healthy until his final 2 weeks and did not have any long term illness.  He passed out a few times and came to.  His last day was hard as you could see him slipping away.  But thinking he would be gone at any moment, I was lying next to him to comnfort him, fell asleep myself and woke up to find him standing there and sniffing at my face.  He passed away quietly a few hours later.  Tony we suspect did not die as a result of the problem but from the dog food issue.  I'd wager a lot of pets were very ill or died before this came to light.  Given that he did have a stage 4 murmur, though, his chances to recover were certainly diminished from the condition. 

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Jim,
Thanks for the comforting words. It's always sad when our fur babies passed away because they are part of our family. I joined the CHF site below to get support & advice during the difficult times & I still visit there often to see how other fur babies are coping with the disease.
 http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/CanineCongestiveHeartFailure/messages
It's too bad that I didn't find this Chin group when my Chin was alive & I am not going to get another one.  I now love to read about Chin's stories and watchig their pictures and videos. 

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May - Yes, it is very hard when they leave us...like losing a child (and or Chin buddies never talked back.)  I don't know if your indication that you will not be getting another Chin is due to circumstances or the pain of the loss.  When we lost our first Chin there was no thought of getting another very quickly, but within about a month and a half we had 2 new buddies.  It was so lonely coming home and not finding my buddy there waiting to greet me and exciting for dinner time.  Whilwe losing a such a good friend as your Chin had been is hard, that's the price for all the good things they give you when with you.  And when my time comes, there will be a whole pack of Chins waiting for me!

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