Dogs That Live the Longest


Fawn Chihuahua

Famous Mexican dog that comes from North America and their origins are unknown. This small dog is so famous where they are from, they were given the name where they were highest in population Chihuahua, Mexico.

Known for being a lap dog with some of the most popular celebrities and were brand ambassadors for Taco Bell fast food service chains on television.

Chihuahua Wardrobe reports a dog with the name Megabyte, who was 20 years of age when he/she pass away. Many of these dogs live for a long time and reaching 15 years of age is common. In some cases that is twice if bigger breeds live.

Toy Poodle

Standard Poodle

Toy Poodles come from France and are one of the most popular dogs to come from the country. Starting with the Standard Poodle they were crossbreeding with smaller dogs to attain the toy size.

Making them a separate breed from the standard and miniature in most kennel clubs and only a few put them in the same category. Their lifespan can be anywhere from 12-18 years of age.

Old Toy Poodle Chichi came in at 24 and some report 25 years of age for this dog. Very long time to own a dog and owners should be aware of the average lifespan for Toy Poodles.


Long Hair Dachshund

Dachshunds are from Germany and are known as a Weenie Dog to most people due to their long bodies and short legs. Badger dog that is bred to hunt down other animals with humans.

12-16 years is the average lifespan making them another dog that lives for a very long time. First records of them are in the 1400’s and they were one of the first dogs to get recognition when the AKC first was starting in the 1800’s.

Oldest Dachshund in the world is Otto and he comes from Britain according to a Daily Mail article Although that is not the standard age, that age is a possibility if you own a Dachshund.

Australian Shepherd

Australian shepherd

Australian Shepherds live a long time and are known as Aussies to most people who own them. Legendary herding dog that comes from Europe with most of their development finishing up in California.

Average lifespan for the Australian Shepherd is 12-15 years. Breed was put together in the 1800’s but didn’t receive recognition from the biggest kennel club in America until the 1990’s.

Oldest Australian Shepherd was 29 years old according to Palmer Animal Hospital. Although this is hard to believe they did have to put the dog down at some point due to health problems.

Jack Russell

Jack Russell is a member of the Terrier Family and comes from England. Most Terriers come from the same area or descend from the same area with similar job titles regardless of location.

Ratters, or hunters of vermin, is one of the most important jobs for the Parsons Jack Russell. Living for a long time you will notice their average lifespan is 13-16 years of age.

Oldest Jack Russell comes from Great Britain and was 25 years of age according to Telegraph News article from the United Kingdom.

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso is one of the longest living dogs in the world and an ancient dog from Tibet. The most they could do with intruders was to alert through barking and bigger aggressive guard dogs would take over.

Also, they are one of the dogs with the longest hair you will notice that their fur touches the ground. Literally the name “Apso” in their native language means long hair dog.

Oldest Lhasa Apso to live was 29 years of age when they left Earth. Cesar Millan would report this in an article written by one of his team members for Top 10 Breeds That Live the Longest.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu Puppy

Shih Tzu are a small dog that was made in Tibetan and went under major construction in China who gets credit for their contributions. That would live almost complete isolation until the 20th century.

10-18 years is the average lifespan for a Shih Tzu. Being a crossbreed between Lhasa Apso and Pekingese they have the makings from two dogs that live for a very long time.

23 years old is the oldest age on record in St Petersburg, Florida and that information comes from article The Current Oldest Living Shih Tzu. Preparation for 20-year ownership from day one is a huge commitment.


Beagle puppy

Beagle is a small hound dog that comes from England and one of the earliest dogs to receive recognition from the American Kennel Club in the 19th century. Strong hound dog that is known for hunting foxes and smaller animals.

12-15 years is the average lifespan for a Beagle, and some can live for a longer period than the average. Being smaller dogs, they can get into smaller areas flushing out the prey.

Oldest Beagle in the world, as far as documentation, is 29 years old from Virginia with the name Butch and this information comes from the same article Top 10 Breeds That Live the Longest.


Maltese litter

Maltese is a toy size dog that comes from Malta and was a lap dog to some of the most elite people in government during their time. Not only were they a part of elite society they were never sold only given away to other powerful world leaders.

12-15 years is the average lifespan for the Maltese so by the averages they live longer than a lot of other dogs. One of the few dogs that were all white and have no other colors.


Pomeranian headshot

Pomeranian is a toy size Spitz dog that comes from Germany. Many Spitz dogs are out there but all of them are large to medium size dogs and this one is the smallest of the group.

12-16 years is the average lifespan for every Pomeranian making them one of the dogs that lives the longest on average. Known as the little lion in their homeland.

The Oldest Living Pomeranian in the World shows the oldest Pomeranian was 21 years old approaching 22 years of age. Fantastic longevity in the dog community.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a herding dog that comes from Wales, which is in the United Kingdom. Known for their strong resemblance to the Cardigan Welsh Corgi because of consistent interbreeding in different decades.

12-13 years is the average lifespan making them above average especially for a dog of their size. Although smaller dogs live longer than large size dogs who tend to die earlier than a decade on average.

17 years is the oldest age of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi according to A Veterinarian Names the Longest Living Dogs. Excellent article that names many different breeds.

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