Top 5 dog breeds that live the longest

Life would be just simply perfect if our dog would be the longest living dog.

Unfortunately, even the longest-living dog breeds don't live as much as we want to. We must make our dog's life the happiest one and spend as much time as we can with our best friends.

Some dogs live longer than others and that is due to their breed characteristics but also of a good loved and happy life.

Here's a piece of information you must know: small dog breeds live longer than large dog breeds. The average lifespan of a dog is around 10 - 13 years, but small dogs can live up to 16 years if their life is good. Of course, there are some exceptions to large dog breeds that have long lifespans, but the smaller breeds live more than large breeds.

Find out the best dog breeds with long lifespans

#1 Chihuahua

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Chihuahua is one of the longest-lived dog breeds.

Chihuahua is maybe on the top list of the longest longevity dog breeds. Many of these tiny doggies live more than 15 years, and some can live even 20 years.

Breed characteristics

  • Average Height: 5-8 inches
  • Average Weight: 4-6 lbs
  • Average Lifespan: 12-20 years
  • Affection Level: high
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Friendliness: high
  • Intelligence: high
  • Shedding: low

#2 Toy Poodle

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Toy Poodle is a sweetness dog breed. This doggie is actually the smallest size of the poodle breed. Poodles usually reach the maximum age of 14 years.

The Toy Poodle is an amazing family pet, as all poodles, in general. Poodles are known for their endless energy. They can live easily until 18 years old and are prone to eye and orthopedic problems.

Breed characteristics

  • Average Height: 10-11 inches
  • Average Weight: up to 9 lbs
  • Average Lifespan: 12-18 years
  • Affection Level: high
  • Energy Level: high
  • Friendliness: high
  • Intelligence: high
  • Shedding: low

#3 Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier is another small and active dog breed that lives up to 16 years old.

This dog breed is a dog with a personality and needs for activity. Jack Russell Terriers are active and athletic dogs that require lots of exercise, training, and mental stimulation.

Breed characteristics

  • Average Height: up to 15 inches
  • Average Weight: up to 18 lbs
  • Average Lifespan: 13-16 years
  • Affection Level: high
  • Energy Level: high
  • Friendliness: medium
  • Intelligence: high
  • Shedding: medium

#4 Dachshund

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Dachshund's average lifespan is around 15 years old. The oldest living dachshund named Chanel lived 21 years old.

This "sausage dog" is a lovable dog breed with a charming personality. They are simply adorable and tend to be quite protective.

Dachshunds are prone to have age-related health issues, particularly obesity that leads to back problems.

Breed characteristics

  • Average Height: up to 5-9 inches
  • Average Weight: up to 30 lbs
  • Average Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Affection Level: high
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Friendliness: medium
  • Intelligence: medium
  • Shedding: medium

#5 Shiba Inu

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Shiba Inu is a medium-sized breed and one of the mentioned exceptions that can live up to 16-17.

Lovable, strong and protective Shiba Inu is generally a healthy dog breed. He is prone to allergies.

Breed characteristics

  • Average Height: up to 15-17 inches
  • Average Weight: up to 24 lbs
  • Average Lifespan: 13-16 years
  • Affection Level: high
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Friendliness: medium
  • Intelligence: high
  • Shedding: high

For a dog, his owner is his life. He just lives the moment and he gives us all his heart. That's why as long as he lives we must make his life the best place to live.

My dog, Coco was one of the dogs with a long lifespan. A medium-sized white poodle that lived 17 good and happy life. He was my happiness and I was his.

If you want to read the secret o a healthy 17 years life of a loved poodle I posted my dog's story here.

Hope you enjoyed this article! Paws and love till the next article! 🐾

Bianca Muche

Bianca Muche