The average lifespan for a Toy Aussie is 12 to 13 years, which is a considerably short period for a small dog but a standard life expectancy for the Aussie breed. Because of their origins, Toy Aussies will inherit the genetic conditions that standard Aussies will get.
It’s also known that other than its size, Toy Aussies are mainly bred for their looks, meaning that they’re bred to be adorable. While their intelligence seems to have carried through, the breed hasn’t been around long enough for extensive studies to have been conducted on the toy variant.
Do Toy Aussies Have Health Issues?
Generally, Aussies are known to be pretty healthy. But, since the toy breed is so much smaller than the standard Aussie, a common question that breeders get is if the Toy Aussie has any specific health problems.
The thing to remember is that no dog breed comes without genetic conditions and certain susceptibilities. Some of the issues that Aussies and Toy Aussies are prone to include:
- Eye issues like cataracts, cherry eye, and glaucoma.
- Bone and joint issues like arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia.
- Sensitivities to vaccines, veterinary drugs.
- Intolerances to foods like grain and some meats.
- Skin issues like dry flaky and allergies that can cause itchy skin.
- Cancers like lymphoma.
How Do You Prolong Your Dog’s Lifespan?
The best way to make sure that your dog lives a fuller, longer and healthy life is to keep a close eye on the health of your Toy Aussie. It will start by making sure that your Toy Aussie is getting the right diet and exercise.
The next step is to keep in close contact with your vet. They will know the right kinds of tests to run and check for certain genetic conditions. And, they will tell you any warning signs to look out for, and in the event should something happen, it can be detected early and treated easily.