10 Long-Lived Dog Breeds That Are Best

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The tiniest breeds of dogs typically live the longest when it comes to dog breeds with the longest lifespans. Small dogs can live up to 16 years or longer than large breeds on average, although the typical lifetime of a medium or large dog is closer to 10 to 13 years. Therefore, avoid choosing a huge breed if you desire a canine companion for a long time. Rarely do they live past eight years. The longevity of a dog can also be influenced by genetics. Here are the top 10 dog breeds in terms of longevity.

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Like any other animal, a dog's lifespan may be increased by a good food, exercise, keeping a healthy weight, and paying attention to routine care.

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    Chihuahua

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    One of the dog breeds with the longest lifespans is the chihuahua. Many people live past the age of 15, and some even reach the age of 20. Even little dogs need regular training, mental stimulation, and exercise. Despite being usually healthy, this breed is nonetheless prone to eye and cardiac issues.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Toy (AKC)

    Height: 5 to 8 inches

    Weight: Up to 6 pounds

    Coat and Color: Smooth or long coat; colors include black, tan, fawn, cream, white, blue, silver, chocolate, and red

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 20 years

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    Dachshund

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    It's usual to come across dachshunds that are over 15 years old. As the oldest dachshund still alive, Chanel earned a Guinness World Record. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 21. But dachshunds can have age-related health problems, particularly back issues, which can be exacerbated by obesity.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Hounds (AKC)

    Height: 5 to 9 inches

    Weight: Up to 32 pounds

    Coat and Color: Short-haired, wire-haired, or long-haired coat; colors include chocolate, tan, black, red, and more

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

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    The witty, perceptive toy poodle may be a wonderful family pet. But don't underestimate their energy or the amount of mental stimulation they need for their busy minds. Toy poodles frequently live to be 18 years old. However, the breed is prone to both eye and orthopedic issues.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Non-Sporting (AKC)

    Height: Up to 10 inches

    Weight: 4 to 6 pounds

    Coat and Color: Curly, dense coat; colors include white, apricot, black, brown, and more

    Life Expectancy: 10 to 18 years

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    Jack Russell Terrier

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    Another little breed that frequently lives up to 16 years old is the Jack Russell terrier. Willie, who turned 20 in 2014, held the title of oldest Jack Russell in Guinness World Records. Jack Russells were developed to be working dogs, and they still exhibit that drive and vigor.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Terrier (AKC)

    Height: 13 to 14 inches

    Weight: 13 to 17 pounds

    Coat and Color: Smooth or broken coat; colors include white with black, brown, or tan markings

    Life Expectancy: 13 to 18 years

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    Shih Tzu

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    Shih tzus are amiable and adaptable dogs who typically live to be 15 years old or older. These dogs were bred to be companions and only require short daily walks and playtime. Their lengthy coats require daily brushing or frequent cutting. Although the breed is normally in good health, it is prone to eye and orthopedic problems.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Toy (AKC)

    Height: 9 to 11 inches

    Weight: 9 to 16 pounds

    Coat and Color: Long double coat; colors include black, white, blue, silver, and more

    Life Expectancy: 10 to 16 years

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    Maltese

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    Shih tzus are amiable and adaptable dogs who typically live to be 15 years old or older. These dogs simply need brief daily walks and occasional playing because they were raised to be companions. Their long coats need daily brushing or else require regular clipping. The breed is generally healthy but is prone to orthopedic and eye issues.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Toy (AKC)

    Height: 7 to 9 inches

    Weight: Up to 7 pounds

    Coat and Color: Dark, alert eyes; silky, white coat

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years

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    Yorkshire Terrier

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    Shih tzus are amiable and versatile dogs who typically live to be 15 years old or more. These dogs simply need brief daily walks and occasional playing because they were raised to be companions. Their lengthy coats must be brushed everyday or they must have them regularly cropped. Although the breed is normally in good health, it is prone to eye and orthopedic problems.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Toy (AKC)

    Height: 7 to 8 inches

    Weight: 7 pounds

    Coat and Color: Silky coat; colors include black and tan, blue and tan, and more

    Life Expectancy: 13 to 16 years

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    Pomeranian

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    Yorkshire terriers are a popular and intelligent toy breed, but they aren't total lap dogs. Although they are loyal and affectionate with their families, they have terrier traits, including strong guarding instincts and vocal nature. A Yorkie frequently lives to be 15 years old or more.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Toy (AKC)

    Height: 6 to 7 inches

    Weight: 3 to 7 pounds

    Coat and Color: Fluffy double coat; colors include black, chocolate, orange, red, and more

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

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    Although they are a well-liked and sharp toy breed, Yorkshire terriers aren't only lap dogs. Although they are loyal and affectionate with their families, they have terrier traits, including strong guarding instincts and vocal nature. It is not uncommon for a Yorkie to live to 15 years or older.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Non-Sporting (AKC)

    Height: 14 to 17 inches

    Weight: 17 to 23 pounds

    Coat and Color: Thick double coat; curled tail; colors include black and tan, cream, and red

    Life Expectancy: 13 to 16 years

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    The Australian cattle dog (also known as the blue heeler) has a long lifespan compared to other dogs its size. The oldest dog that ever lived was an Australian cattle dog, Bluey, that lived 29 years until 1939. This Australian breed often lives to be at least 16 years old. These canines are intelligent and have a strong desire to work. They thrive in families with lots of activity, including dog sports and other pursuits.

    Breed Overview

    Group: Herding (AKC)

    Height: 17 to 20 inches

    Weight: 30 to 50 pounds

    Coat and Color: Smooth double coat; colors include blue and red with black and tan markings

    Life Expectancy: 12 to 16 years

Breeds to Avoid

Compared to other canines its size, the Australian cattle dog, also called the blue heeler, has a lengthy lifetime. Australian cow dog named Bluey, who survived 29 years till 1939, was the oldest dog ever. This Australian breed often lives to be at least 16 years old. These canines are intelligent and have a strong desire to work. They thrive in active homes, participating in dog sports, and other activities.

FAQ
  • How many dog breeds are there?

    The American Kennel Club recognizes 197 breeds, with nearly 100 possible new breeds working toward official recognition.

  • What are the healthiest dog breeds?

    This is a tricky question, as there is no real data on this. However, many veterinarians say that, anecdotally, the top three include beagles, shiba inu, and Siberian huskies.

  • What dog breeds are not good with cats?

    Compared to other canines its size, the Australian cattle dog, also called the blue heeler, has a lengthy lifetime. Bluey, an Australian cattle dog, was the oldest dog ever and survived for 29 years till 1939. The average lifespan of this Australian breed is 16 years or older. These canines are intelligent and highly motivated to work. They thrive in active households where there are additional hobbies like dog sports.

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