Your Bestie for Years: Dog Breeds With the Longest Lifespans
We all wish our canine best friends could live forever. Keeping your pup healthy is an excellent way to set it up for many happy years, but the most important factor is the dog's breed. There are plenty of great breeds with longer lifespans than the average dog.
With that being said, here are 30 special dog breeds with the longest life expectancies. If you're looking for one of these dogs to adopt, get ready for many beautiful years of friendship.
35. Labrador Retriever: 10-12 Years
The outgoing Labrador retriever makes a great family pet. In fact, the lovable lab is one of the world’s most popular dog breeds. It’s common for this larger-sized breed to reach 12 years old, so prepare for many years of affection and playtime.
34. Shetland Sheepdog: 12-14 years
Don't let the size of these small dogs fool you; Shetland sheepdogs actually play several important roles in society. As the name implies, Shetland sheepdogs have been raised to herd livestock for more than a century. These adorable farm dogs come from the Shetland Islands of Scotland.
33. Portuguese Podengo: 12-14 Years
This dog breed has a couple of names: Podengo Portugues and Portuguese Warren Hounds. As the name implies, these dogs were first raised in Portugal as hunters. Podengos are super adorable. Even better? They're generally healthy, which gives them an advantage in life expectancy.
32. Schipperke: 12-14 Years
What's more curious than a cat? Probably a Schipperke. This breed goes way back to the 16th century in Belgium. Many residents of Belgium call them mini versions of shepherds. Don't let these tiny dogs fool you; Schipperkes were destined to be watchdogs and ferocious rat-catching machines.
31. Beagle: 12-15 Years
If you love entertainment, take a look at beagles. They’re naturally adventurous and highly intelligent. Is that hard to believe? Well, take a look at "the world's most famous beagle" — Snoopy from Charles M. Schulz's comic strip. The playful and smart dog portrays beagles very well.
30. Siberian Husky: 12-15 Years
Wolf or dog? Many people confuse Siberian huskies with wolves due to a few visual similarities. However, all domestic dogs are genetically related to wolves. Don't worry; Siberian huskies are far from intimidating. As a matter of fact, they're goofballs.
29. Miniature Schnauzer: 12-15 Years
This tiny breed definitely has time on its side, with an impressive life expectancy between 12 and 14 years. As the name suggests, Miniature Schnauzers generally reach a height of 14 inches tall. Common traits among these dogs include being playful and well-mannered.
28. Lhasa Apso: 12-15 Years
Originating from Tibet, Lhasa Apsos once protected Buddhist temples. These small, mop-like dogs are still excellent watchdogs. If you don't like strangers coming to your house, then you have something in common with Lhasa Apsos. They are naturally suspicious of unknown people.
27. Corgi: 12-15 Years
Corgis weren't always popular. They became internet sensations in 2015, and people can't stop talking about them now. Also, Queen Elizabeth II is a big fan of the dog breed. In fact, she's owned more than 30 corgis as pets during her reign.
26. Maltese: 12-15 Years
Maltese dogs have been adaptable companions for almost 28 centuries. According to Country Life in America, evidence shows that ancient Egyptians worshipped these fancy little pups. References to the playful Maltese also appear in ancient Greek and Roman literature.
25. Bergamasco Sheepdogs: 13-15 Years
Meet the Bergamasco sheepdog. They’re mostly known for rocking dreadlocks, but sometimes, their luscious coats are just shaggy. Regardless of their hair style, these dogs are low-maintenance and very healthy. They’re also known for their strength, which might come from their herding background.
24. Pug: 13-15 Years
A pug's signature look includes a wrinkly body, enormous head, curled tail, flat face and huge eyes. These wrinkly sidekicks are known for their health problems, but pugs still have a long life expectancy of 15 years.
23. Australian Shepherd: 13-15 Years
The Australian Shepherd, also known as the Aussie, has no origins in Australia. What? Aussies were actually bred in the western United States. Their popularity boomed after World War II. It's easy to see why they're a favorite among dog owners.
22. Italian Greyhound: 14-15 years
In the Middle Ages, Italian greyhounds (IGs) were popular among royals, including Frederick the Great, Catherine the Great, Anne of Denmark and Queen Victoria. These elegant dogs also appeared in many famous Renaissance paintings by Giotto, Sassetta and Tiepolo.
21. Shih Tzu: 10-16 Years
Sweet? Check. Very clever? Check. Long lifespan? Check! This triple threat was originally a royal favorite during China’s Ming Dynasty. Shih Tzus went on to become famous in the Western world in the 20th century. Today, they're all over Instagram.
20. Dachshund: 12-16 Years
Dachshunds, a.k.a. wiener dogs, have low and long bodies, which makes them prone to back problems. Keeping a dachshund in good shape will help protect that back. Dachshunds are known for their signature shape, but their coats come in several varieties, including long-haired, wire-haired and smooth.
19. Pomeranian: 12-16 Years
Many households enjoy having a friendly yet feisty Pomeranian in the family. This breed is small, but they have mighty attitudes, making them great mini guard dogs. With an average height of 7 inches, Pomeranians often weigh between just 3 and 7 pounds.
18. Australian Cattle Dog: 12-16 Years
Meet the Australian Cattle Dog, also known as the Blue Heeler or the Queensland Heeler. This medium-sized breed comes from a family of herders. As a family pet, this breed’s herding past can still be seen today. These dogs continue to be highly energetic.
17. Papillon: 13-16 Years
According to the American Kennel Club, a Papillon typically lives for between 14 and 16 years. These tiny dogs belong to the toy group. Known as the "butterfly dog," the Papillon has origins in not one country, but three: France, Belgium and Spain.
16. Jack Russell Terrier: 13-16 Years
Originating in England, Jack Russell terriers were bred for fox hunting. Today, they're TV and movie stars (just kidding). However, one of the most famous Jack Russells on TV was Wishbone, who told classic stories on a PBS children's program.
15. Yorkshire Terrier: 13-16 Years
If you want to take in a dog that’ll be around for the next 14 years, the Yorkshire terrier might be what you're looking for. Yorkies live for 13 to 16 years. However, they can be a handful without the appropriate housetraining.
14. Collie: 13-16 Years
TV superstar Lassie showed the amazing qualities of a collie. This breed is great for new dog owners. They're so sensitive and intelligent that they can recognize human emotions. Collies also have no problem with strangers or other dogs.
13. Standard Schnauzer: 13-16 Years
Having roots in Germany, the Standard Schnauzer is the breed baby of the Giant Schnauzer and Miniature Schnauzer. This breed was originally called the Wire-haired Pinscher until 1879. Many people recognize Schnauzers for their giant mustaches or bearded snouts.
12. Shiba Inu: 13-16 Years
Originally raised for hunting, the Shiba Inu is a breed hailing from Japan. However, don't let its aggressive background fool you; this dog is known to be charming and faithful. As a small-to-medium breed, the Shiba Inu has one heck of a lifespan.
11. Boykin Spaniel: 14-16 Years
Energetic? Yes. Intelligent? Absolutely. Impressive life expectancy? You better believe it. In the past, the Boykin spaniel assisted in wild turkey and duck hunts in South Carolina. Many dogs have different coat colors, but this special spaniel's coat comes in shades of brown.
10. Pyrenean Shepherd: 15-17 Years
The Pyrenean Shepherd was originally created to be a sheepdog during medieval times in Spain and France. These longtime herders are popular in Europe, but they're uncommon in the U.S. For a medium-small dog breed, this shepherd has a good lifespan behind it.
9. Manchester Terrier: 15-17 Years
If your checklist for the perfect pet includes qualities such as devoted, athletic, happy and a bright personality, the Manchester terrier is for you. As the name suggests, the breed comes from the English city. The Manchester terrier was bred to be a fearless rat hunter in the 19th century.
8. Toy Poodle: 14-18 Years
Poodles come in all shapes and sizes. Also, they generally have long life expectancies — especially toy poodles. These tiny companions can live up to 18 years. When we say tiny, we mean these babies only grow up to 10 inches tall.
7. Cockapoo: 14-18 Years
Since the 1950s, dog owners in the U.S. have been cross-breeding Cocker spaniels and poodles. The result? The Cockapoo! This hybrid breed has many awesome qualities that people look for in a dog. For instance, they're very caring and loving.
6. Rat Terrier: 15-18 Years
With a background in farming and hunting, the rat terrier commonly lived on family farms in the 1920s and 1930s. The good news is ratties are smart and social, making them very trainable and easy to live with. New pet owners won't have trouble with them.
5. Mexican Hairless Dog: 13-18 Years
The Xoloitzcuintle has a couple of nicknames, including Xolo and the Mexican hairless dog. It sounds strange, but these dogs are considered sacred. More than 3,000 years ago, Xolos were called the ancient Aztec dog of the gods. Today, Xolos make devoted companions and great watchdogs.
4. Chinese Crested Dog: 13-18 Years
A Chinese crested dog has hair on its head, feet and ears. That's nothing out of the ordinary. However, the rest of its body is hairless, giving it a very unique appearance. If you want a pet that rarely sheds, take a look at these (almost) naked pups.
3. New Guinea Singing Dog: About 18 Years
A singing canine? The New Guinea Singing Dog is a rare breed. As the name implies, they are originally from Papua New Guinea. For almost 50 years, scientists have debated whether they should be classified as domestic dogs, feral dogs or wild dogs.
2. Coton de Tulear: 15-19 Years
The Coton de Tulear resembles a stuffed animal, but it's a real dog breed. This unbelievable canine has an even more unbelievable origin story. According to tales, the Coton came from little white dogs that swam to an isolated island following a shipwreck.
1. Chihuahua: 12-20 Years
Out of all the dog breeds, Chihuahuas are the smallest when it comes to size. However, they have a lot to brag about. Chihuahuas are one of the longest living dog breeds, with a life expectancy of up to 20 years.