[Photos] The Longest Living Dog Breeds In The World

Planning on getting a dog soon? If you are the type, like us, to get very attached to your domestic animal and apprehend the loss of your beloved pet, you might want to consider certain breeds known for having longer lifespans than others. Here is a list of the top 10 dog breeds that live the longest for the perfect friend for life.


When adopting a dog, most people hope to be welcoming a friend for life into their family. But the sad reality is that one human year equals to about 7 years in the life of these loving balls. Consequently, dogs don’t live as long as humans do. Fortunately, if they are well taken care of and nothing bad happens, they can live up to 15 or even 18 years, which is quite a long time for a pup. Of course, there are many variables that can affect the longevity of your pet’s life. However, in order to put all the odds in your favour, you might want to go with specific breeds that are known to have a longer lifespan they other types of dogs.

If you want to make sure you choose a dog breed that will live a long and happy life by your side, we suggest you take a look at this list of the top 10 dog breeds that live the longest. No matter your preferences when it comes to adorable balls of love and fur, you will find the perfect match among these breeds that make the perfect friend for life.

1. Maltese

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These are solid dogs with an average lifespan of 15 years. The females tend to live one year longer than males.

2. Beagle

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The oldest beagle in the world was 27 when he died! Wow! However, the normal lifespan of beagles is 15 years.

3. Australian Shepherd

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These balls of energy have an average lifespan of 15 years.

4. Shih Tzu

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Small dogs tend to live longer than bigger dogs. Shih Tzus are great companion animals and live to be about 15 years old.

5. Lhasa Apso


These indoor dogs live an average 15 years but the oldest Lhasa Apso lived to be 29 years old.

6. Cockapoo

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The cockapoo lives to be 16 years old usually.

7. Jack Russell Terrier


Full of energy, most Jack Russell terriers live to be 16 years old.

8. Toy Poodle

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Poodles, in general, live long lives but since the toy poodle is small, they live even longer lives. Their average lifespan is 16 years.

9. Chihuahua

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As we mentioned before, small dogs tend to live longer. Chihuahuas live an average of 17 years because they aren’t prone to any major diseases.

10. New Guinea singing dog

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This is one of the rarest dog breeds and isn’t well known because it originated in New Guinea. These are very primitive dogs and there are only 100 captive ones. These dogs are very friendly and nice to humans.



The famous hot dog is an adorably hairy creature that will usually live a long life in human years – about 15 to 20 years.




These popular little dogs are playful, lively and super alert. They live from about 12 to 16 years old, although some of them have lived until the age of two decades – that is, 140 in dog years!

Welsh Corgi


These irresistible puppies are affectionate, loyal and good with children and adults, making them a favorite pet. The good news? These active dogs can live up to 17 years with an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Yorkshire Terrier

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They are cute, they are friendly and they will probably be there as companions for a long time. Homeowners can expect a healthy Yorkshire terrier to live from 17 to 20 years of age.



Most people may think that the Pug, with its adorable crushed nose, may have many health problems and not live as long as other small dogs, but they would be wrong. This ancient Chinese breed lives from 12 to 15 years old and is a wonderful companion for children and adults.



These medium-sized to large sheepdogs are not only very gentle with children, but they also live a long life from 12 to 16 years.

Miniature Schnauzer

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It’s hard to resist these little dogs full of personality, and good news: they will stay with you for a long time! The average lifetime of a miniature schnauzer is 14 years. The breed is prone to pancreatitis, however, owners should therefore be careful with their diet.

Australian Cattle Dog


Australian Cattle Dogs can also rightly claim the crown of being one of the most lively breeds of dog ever registered. The average life span of the breed is 12 to 15 years.

Boykin Spaniel


Despite the relative novelty of this breed, it can still boast a very long life expectancy – about 14 to 16 years.

Portuguese Podengo

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These super intelligent hunting dogs are lively, playful and have a long lifespan: 12 to 15 years.