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The 10 Dog Breeds That Live The Longest

Written by: Dee Michaels
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| Published on October 3, 2022

Most dogs seem to generally share a common lifespan, bringing us roughly 10-13 of the best years we’ve ever had. But some breeds make the list for having an abnormally long life expectancy. In fact, there are records of dogs living well past 20-years-old. Although this list of the dog breeds that live the longest doesn’t contain the Australian Cattle Dog, the world record for the longest living dog is an ACD named Bluey. Bluey passed away in 1939 at the ripe age of 29-years-old! Pretty amazing when you think about it, and it makes us wish all of our dogs lived that long. Curious to see what other breeds hold records? View our gallery below!


#1 – Yorkshire Terrier




Yorkies are one of the most popular breeds around, and lucky for their owners they live an average of 17-20 years! Another tiny breed, it’s really no surprise that they’re a favorite of dog lovers.

#2 – Chihuahua




Chihuahuas are one of the longest living breeds, and perhaps because they’re also one of the smallest. With an average lifespan of 15-20 years, these little guys will give you a long time of wonderful adventures. The longest living Chihuahua on record actually passed away in January of this year at 20 years old.


#3 – Pomeranian




These fluffy little dogs have an average life expectancy of 12-16 years. These wonderful pups are another favorite among dog owners, and luckily they bring many years of love.

#4 – Dachshund




These lively characters are another long-living breed with a lifespan of 12-15 years. However, a Dachshund named Chanel lived to be 21 years old!

#5 – Toy Poodle




Toy Poodles may seem very different from their larger counterparts, but they’re just as smart and easy to train. These little guys generally live longer, with an average lifespan of 12-15 years. The oldest living Toy Poodle was Seamus, who lived to be 20-years-old.

#6 – Maltese




Another favorite small breed for dog lovers, Maltese have an average life expectancy of 12-15 years. Maltese are an ancient breed that originates from the Mediterranean island of Malta.

#7 – Lhasa Apso




Lhasa Apso are wonderful dogs with another common small-breed lifespan of 12-15 years. They were bred to help keep watch over Buddhist temples.

#8 – Pug




One of the most popular breeds around, Pugs live around 12-15 years and their personalities last their lifetime. Pugs are an ancient Chinese breed that have maintained their popularity over the years.

#9 – Beagle




Beagles are considered to be one of the best dogs for children, with their docile nature but active lifestyle. Beagles also live around 12-15 years. The longest living Beagle, Butch, passed away in 2003 at an amazing 27-years-old!

#10 – Miniature Schnauzer




This feisty breed has just as much energy and trainability as it’s larger counterpart. Miniature Schnauzers live an average of 12-15 years, giving you plenty of time to tackle the various dog sports they’re seen competing in!

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