Dog Breeds That Live the Longest

Dog Breeds That Live the Longest

Our dogs are an important part of our family and hold a special place in our hearts. They make our life meaningful, which is why as pet parents, we’ll do anything to keep them safe, happy and healthy. Though we cannot guarantee how long we can expect our dogs to live, a new study from the United Kingdom offers some insight. Did you know that you can predict the average lifespan of your dog based on your dog’s breed? 


Generally, smaller dogs live longer than larger ones. Research tells us that  larger dogs tend to age faster. We gathered a list of the top 10 longest-living dog breeds and their average lifespans.


Longest Living Dog Breeds

Maltese

Maltese

Known for their beautiful white coats, Maltese are excellent lap dogs who enjoy playing with their families and cuddling with them.

In spite of the fact that female Maltese pups tend to live a year longer than their male counterparts, all Maltese pups are expected to live a very long life since few serious genetic conditions affect them.

Average lifespan: 15 years


Beagles

Beagles

Even in the house, beagles have strong hunting instincts, making them one of the best hunting breeds. You may have to train them to chase or roughhouse with other pets. Known to be the oldest Beagle was Butch, who lived in Virginia and died at a ripe old age of 27.

Average lifespan: 15 years


Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is an extremely active dog. High energy, intelligence, and herding abilities make them a popular breed. They are often among the top competitors at agility competitions across the country.

Average lifespan: 15 years


Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

There is no doubt that Shih Tzus are some of the cutest dogs in the world. Dogs like these are friendly, low-energy, and don't bark excessively. They have long, silky hair that needs to be groomed constantly either at home or in a doggie grooming salon.

Average lifespan: 15 years


Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa apso dog is a smart and confident dog. It takes time for them to become comfortable around strangers. It is necessary to cut or groom their flowing, luxurious hair frequently. 29 years is the oldest Lhasa recorded!

Average lifespan: 15 years old


Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies are often trimmed to keep their long coats at bay, but when left to grow, their fur becomes luxurious and silky. They are playful and high-energy dogs. Like other small dogs, they can be bossy when it comes to strangers, other animals, and children.

Average lifespan: 16 years old


Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell terrier is a lively, healthy breed.  A task gives them a sense of accomplishment and gives them a chance to burn off excess energy. There is no serious health concern with these little dogs.

Average lifespan: 16 years old


Toy Poodle

Toy Poodle

There are four sizes of Poodle: Giant, Standard, Toy, and Teacup. Toy poodles, however, tend to live longer than the other three. Poodles are one of the smartest dog breeds in the world because of their innate intelligence. The easy-going nature of these dogs makes them great companions for children and other animals. They are also an excellent choice for first-time owners since they are easy to train.

Average lifespan: 16 years


Chihuahua

Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is one of the world's most popular breeds of dogs. The size of these animals is small, and they weigh no more than 7 pounds when they are fully grown. Chihuahuas are well-known for their guard dog abilities, despite their cute and small size. 

Average lifespan: 17 years


New Guinea Singing Dog

New Guinea Singing Dog

If you haven’t  heard of this type of breed, it is because the New Guinea Singing Dog is considered the rarest in the world! It originated in New Guinea and is known for its singing howl. Even though they are considered the most primitive dog in existence today, they are friendly and gentle with people.

Average lifespan: 18 years


Our dogs play  a big role in our lives. Their genetics may determine how long they will be able to live but take note that their lifestyle is  also a contributor to their lifespan. Even though their breed is known to live longer, it is still important to maintain a proper diet, keep track of their health and wellness, and always listen to your veterinarian's suggestions..