The Shortest and Longest Living Dog Breeds in the World

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Dog owners will do anything to keep their furry, four-legged friends happy and healthy. Millennials spend over $1,200 per year on their pets, and most are willing to shell out thousands more to take care of their pets if they fall ill. The sad reality is that dogs have much shorter lifespans than people.

According to a study from the U.K., the median lifespan of a dog is 11.3 years. But no two breeds are the same. Some types of dogs tend to live well into their teens, while others have a median lifespan of fewer than 10 years.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed a study published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice to determine the shortest and longest living dog breeds in the world. Breeds for which there was little data and breeds that are not recognized by the America Kennel Club were not considered.

Each breed of dog has different health needs and challenges. Some need specialized diets. Others need a lot of exercises. Certain types of dogs, like Bernese Mountain Dogs, are especially prone to cancer, yet in breeds like the dachshund, cancer is relatively rare.

Numerous studies have determined that there is a significant link between the size of a dog and the size of its lifespan — larger dogs have noticeably shorter lifespans than smaller dogs, as they age at a faster rate.

Many of the dogs with the shortest lifespans are classified as either “large” or “giant” while lots of the longest living dogs are considered “small” and “toy” breeds. In addition to their longer lives, people may opt to get a smaller dog because they are more convenient to house, cheaper to feed, and many apartments have rental clauses barring dogs over a certain size.

Dog owners must consider the health needs of the pet they plan to adopt — whether that is lots of exercise or special diets. They also must consider their own health. An estimated 15% of the population is allergic to dogs and cats, but there are options for them. No dog is completely hypoallergenic, but there are plenty of breeds that go well with allergy sufferers.

26 thoughts on “The Shortest and Longest Living Dog Breeds in the World”

  1. It is too bad that our dogs mans best friends can not live as long as we do.
    We will never have a true friend as true as our four legged friends. I am a animal lover and a dog lover most of all.

    May God bless our dogs always.

      1. I agree Linda. In 1967 I had my German Shepard shipped to me from Vietnam. He was my best friend in the world. He was smart as a whip, won eight blue ribbons, four trophies for showmanship and saved my life on more than one occasion. It took me four and a half months to get him home after I left The Nam because he was in quarantine in. To check and make sure he was not carrying any disease or parasites. When I did get him home he went from a strapping 122 pounds down to 82-1/2 pounds. But let me tell you he didn’t care how much he had lost, when he heard my voice in Lansing, MI. he was over half a mile away and he went spastic. He broke away from the guard who bringing him to me, he was so excited to see me it took over half an hour for us to get to me y truck to get him home. He and I had almost 18 years together before he passed on… He was my best pal, my best friend, and my body guard…I have had no other like him in over fifty three years. His name was Kelly-Gunner-Army-Lover-Sutton…Rest in Peace Old Boy…YOU WERE THE BEST OF THE BEST…

    1. This is not directed at you , Raceywine , But I was thinking that perhaps the Siberian Husky would live a lot longer if they were not subject to the horror they live.

  2. I used to raise Bull Terriers for show many years ago, and normal lifespan was 13-15 years. Don’t short change this amazing breed.

  3. I had a Westie,Rat & Scottie terriers all lived 14 yrs.Also a cockapoo that made it to 14 .Do smaller dogs live longer,generally,than larger ones?

  4. I had a TEA CUP POODLE that lived to be 20 yrs old. I just had a toy and he passed away last week @ 15 1/2 yrs old. 10/03/2020.Armand from N.H.

  5. I have had pugs over the past 30 years. The average life span was 15-17 years old. I have one right now that just turned 16. His father just passed away at 17 years old last year.

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