8 Dog Breeds That Live the Longest

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As you probably know, the average lifespan of a dog is about ten to thirteen years, but this aspect differs from dog to dog and from breed to breed. According to animal experts, small breeds tend to live longer than medium or large breeds, but we will find out the reason why in this article. 

However, one of the most important things that can influence their lifespan is their lifestyle, so if you want to improve the quality of life of your pet, you should pay more attention to their diet, daily exercise and regular vet consultations. 

Of course, genetics will always play an important role in this equation, so that’s why you’ll find here some dog breeds that are more likely to live longer, regardless of living conditions. Read on to find out more info!

30 thoughts on “8 Dog Breeds That Live the Longest”

  1. My tzu is 15. He is still learning new tricks. I’m helping him learn that there sre 3 doors before our house. Some days are better than others

  2. Helen Campbell ( Holistic Helen

    I have 9 Wire Haired Fox Terriers buried in my yard over the last 53 years – a Schnauzer, a Jack Russell and alllll of them have lived to 17, 18, 19 years of age – NO shots, all Homeopathic vaccines, all organic food that I make myself – some were on a raw diet, including raw chicken necks, – also their water same as ours is Distilled water that has been magnetized, energized, solarized and had 35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide added to it ( creates oxygen, kills, virus, bacteria, mold and more) and also add Homeopathic minerals ) check out books on Amazon on Hydrogen peroxide 35% Food Grade – books back to 1893; book by Dr Donsbach, By Claude LeBeau – I am 81 with absolutely no health problems – no doctors in my life.

    1. Hello Helen Campbell, I have found your information interesting…especially about Hydrogen peroxide. Please clarify for me are you saying you add the peroxide to your diet or just the dogs?
      I had a GERMAN SHEPPARD who lived to be 16 years of age. Such an AWESOME animal. I truly miss her. She was six weeks old when received. She stayed with a trainer for 30 days when she was three or four months. When she returned she was the best Dog with a great vocabulary! She’s been gone over a year now! I’m thinking of a BereneDoddle. I would like a smaller Dog who doesn’t shed sooo much.
      Congratulations on 81 years of age! Other helpful hints please! God Is Good!

      Suggestions please!

    2. In the past I have enjoyed two wire haired fox terriers. Both lived to almost 17 years. And were the most loveable, loving pets that God has generously blessed us with. They both had good regular vet care, ate regular dog food and slept with me every night. Jane

    3. Wow…. you are amazing. I’m 73 and in good health but I will sure consider your methods for myself and my dogs and cats. My Jack Russell is on Raw food now but last year at 14 his tongue was removed from cancer. He is spoiled rotten now and doing well with lots of energy. I do feel animal food is the reason our pets are not living as long as they could. Thank you for your post Helen.

  3. Veronica Callaghan

    I have had many dogs in my life, I am 80 yrs old, but the longest was my German Short hair Pointer, I lost her at 13 years old. my Airedale was 10 and on his birthday. they died of cancer. My GSP died of lefnodg cancer. myAD died of aggressive melonober cancer. We had the cancer separatist for six weeks and there was nothing he could do. Echo my GSP I doctor for about 8 week and I had to let her go. She was my show dog and a Chaperon. the other were 11, or 12.

  4. Chihuahuas are in fact very nice dogs which way too often get a very bad wrap. With regards to kids, I would recommend that people with really young children not consider getting one of these as a pet. Little children tend to find these diminutive dogs irresistible and as a result, they are often mishandled, sometimes much too aggressively. This will result in aggressive behaviors in these dogs who are simply trying to defend themselves. Before you know it, they will bite and you will be upset. Chihuahuas are the 2nd second highest breed to be euthanized in the US which is not necessary if people just take the time to understand the typical behavioral attributes of the breed of dog they are considering.

  5. We have had Doberman Pincers all adopted from the pound and all lived to be 16-18 years old. We hand cooked their food. We spoiled them rotten and they always slept with us.
    They held off going to heaven because they said they were already in dog heaven!!!
    Good for you and your doggies too !!

    1. I hear Dobies are moody and sometimes will even turn on their masters. Is this true?

      In relation to this discussion today, my wife has laid down the law… She told me from day one if I wanted a dog, it would be without her as my wife. I had to choose. So I took about three days to decide (LOL) and finally decided the wife stays. She is allergic to flea bites and was bitten badly by a dog when she was a little girl. She had to have rabies shots! Can you imagine the horror of that whole situation with a little girl?

      As far as owning a dog is concerned, I think even if I was allowed to have one, I might not choose to have one, even though I love most dogs. The reason is I would get TOO attached to it and then when it dies after 20 years, I would GRIEVE HARD for it, just like I would a close family member. I thought dogs lived a lot longer than a mere 20 years. I had no idea their live spans are on average so short! Wow…. bummer.

  6. Not surprising that they’re all small breeds. I have a 15 year old female Husky, and though I don’t know when her last day on Earth will be with me, each day I do have with her is a blessing! Healthy food, the proper supplements and a low stress home (and possibly genetics as well) are what, I believe, have contributed to her long life.

  7. Amazing and something to think about. If you have the money. Would think all the organic and homeopathic stuff would b expensive. But would like to know more about it. for health reasons due to being a paraplegic.

  8. My oldest dog a Miniature Schnauzer. He died 2 weeks before age 17. Schnauzers don’t shed, great with kids, love to learn tricks and prefer being with you than alone. For this reason a lot of people have 2. Twice the fun and they still prefer being with you. One dog loved to play soccer with my son.

  9. I have a Llassapoo that is currently 16 1/2 years old. He has been on a raw diet for years and has slowed down this year but still doing quite well considering he’s so old. He’s amazing! We adore him and pray he is with us for another few years.

  10. Our Sheltie just passed at 18.5. He rarely went to the vet and never had his teeth cleaned. He ate kibble and some chicken. He went on many walks. Best family dog ever!

    1. We had 3 coton de tulears- mom, dad, and baby. Dad lived just short of 17 yrs, mom 17 1/2 yrs, and baby also 17 years. Wonderful for all ages. Love to play with young children etc., sit on laps of elderly, and enjoyed being part of family. They slept with us.

  11. I am Chihuahuas all the way!! I have had three. First lived to 22 years, second lived to 21 years and my new one is just a year old. These dogs are so funny and playful, great travelers, great snugglers, good watchdogs also. Just give them a bath here and there ,feed them a high protein diet and keep them warm and they just keep on going!

  12. We had two golden Retrievers. The female lived to 17 and her half brother lived to 15/. A day does not go by that I don’t miss them, I also had 2 cats live to 21 and 22.

    1. Hi to hear this is so wonderful, we had two Goldens Sunny, and Cruse, Cruse passed with cancer at 8 years, Sunny passed at 9years of cancer, hope to heaven doctors find a cure we really love these Goldens.

  13. i have a pomeranian. Her name is emma. she is very beatuful i had another pomeranian named holly before her but she passed away at age nine. she wasn’t spade fast enough and developed a condition. i can’t r emember the name. she was also very beautiful. love my dogs. thanks for the posting.

  14. I had a ShihTzu who lived to be 17 years and 9 months old and my current shihtzu will turn 11 in May 0f 2021!Sadly 2 of the shihtzus I have had over the last almost 53 years were hit by cars and One died being Spayed

  15. Our little 10 lb Bichon Frize lived to be 17 yrs 7 months. We got him at 12 weeks old because the breeder said they need to stay with their mother until she teaches them manners. Loved every minute with him. He was the ultimate pleaser. Never wanted to mess up. It is my breed of choice. I grew up with chihuahuas, and when I got married, we had a black lab and a mini schnauzer and then our Bichon. I have cancer and am too old to get another puppy. We may foster in the future because I love animals.

  16. Jan F. Wisecup

    we had a SHELTIE make it to 20. The best pal ever and we sure miss him. If your dog passes…………I hope you will have the courage to get another right away. We have a large rough collie and a new sheltie puppie. they are great together. Like a comedy show all the time.

  17. Growing up I had a few different breeds. But, the fox terrier we had lived 20 years. She had a great life and ate a home cooked Italian dinner everyday. She was playful and she was even hit by a car once and my Dad nursed her back to health. She died suddenly after being really tired for two days. She had no energy and just lay there. On the second evening she just closed her eyes. Her name was Cindy. Great dog……..,

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