Top 10 Longest Living Dog Breeds

Typically, dogs have a life span of 10 to 13 years.

However, there are some dog breeds that outlive their counterparts.

Generally, it is the smaller dog breeds that long way past the average life span. Larger dogs tend to grow up faster and, in some cases, develop conditions like tumors and cancer. They also tend to get age-related conditions like arthritis.

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Here is a list of the longest living dog breeds in the world.

1. Australian Cattle Dogs

These dogs are a rare large-sized breed that lives very long. Their life span is 13 to 15 years. An Australian Cattle dog named Bluey was the longest living dog in the world. He lived for 29 years.

2. Beagle

This is an old dog breed. Beagle is derived from the French word “Bee Gueuele,” which means “wide throat” or “loudmouth”. This breed is known to bark and howl, and be vocal. Since it is a medium-sized dog, it lives on for at least 12 years. The oldest beagle was known to have lived for 27 years.

3. Lhasa Apso

This is an ancient dog breed from Tibet. Even though it is a small breed, it has been used as a guard dog in Tibetan monasteries and palaces. It is a friendly dog breed and lives on average 12 to 14 years. A few of the dogs can live on for two decades.

4. Pomeranian

Pomeranian dog breeds are small fluffy and were named after Pomerania, which was a region between Germany and Poland. These dogs are playful, lively, and fun to be around. They are also alert dogs who are aware of their surroundings. They start barking when they hear noises from outside. This breed lives for roughly 12 to 16 years.

5. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkie or Yorkshire Terrier is another small breed that is known for longevity. Their original name was Scotch Terrier. This dog breed can for 17 years. Even though they are smaller dogs, they are curious, attention seekers, and lively. They bark a lot and can make excellent watchdogs. They also come in a teacup size.

6. Dachshund

Sausage dog or Dachshunds are medium-sized dogs that live longer than normal breeds. One Dachshund lived for 21 years. Their life span is from 12 to 17 years.

7. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu is also an ancient dog. The name of the dog means “lion” in Chinese. It was kept by the Royalty in China for centuries. This dog breed is friendly to everyone, sweet and fluffy. For obvious reasons, they don’t make good watchdogs. They don’t have any major health problems; you just need to groom them frequently. They live for 18 years, which is a lot longer than other breeds.

8. Jack Russell Terrier

This dog breed is also medium-sized. It is originated from England. Jack Russell Terriers are energetic and cute dogs that can spend the entire day outdoors. They live anywhere from 16 to 20 years. It is probably their high energy and good health that keeps them alive and well for so long.

9. Toy Poodle

Poodle mix and all poodle dogs live relatively longer than normal dogs. They can live for 14 to 18 years if well taken care of. Like other breeds, toy poodles are intelligent and fairly easy to train. They are sweet and beautiful dogs. They enjoy plenty of mental and physical exercises such as brisk walks or games. They are great as family dogs and good with children.

10. Chihuahua

This breed is one of the longest living dog breeds in the world. They are also the smallest dog breeds. These dogs live, on average, anywhere between 15 to 20 years. The oldest living Chihuahua was 20-year-old named “Megabyte.” Although though they are tiny, they have a sense of grandeur. You will find this feisty dog breed always trying to butt heads with dogs much bigger than them. These dogs are cute and small. However, try not to upset them. Don’t let the small size fool you; they can be quite sassy.

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