How Long Will My Pet Live

The purchase of a pet can be a short- or a long-term commitment. To help you understand what you're agreeing to, here's a look at the average life spans of common animals.

Cats
12 to 16 years

Cockatiels
15 to 20 years

Dogs
Large breed: 9 to 11 years
Small breed: 14 to 17 years

Gerbils
3 to 5 years

Goldfish
10 to 25 years

Guppies
3 to 5 years

Hamsters
1 to 3 years

Parakeets
15 to 18 years

Rabbits
5 to 10 years

Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the March 2001 issue of Parents magazine.

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