Top 10 Dog Breeds with the Longest Life Span

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Dogs tend to live a seventh of the lifespan that humans live. In their short lifetimes, they bring out lots of smiles, happy memories, and love when they spend their time in their fur-ever home with their beloved pup-rents. Despite the short time frame, there are certain dog breeds that have surprised us with their longevity. Thanks to further advancement in dog medicine and food, dogs can live much longer, sometimes from 25 to 30 years! We all want our pups to be with us for as long as possible. If you're looking for a longtime pal, then check out these 10 breeds who have been known to live the longest.

Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso breed can easily be spotted thanks to its long hair, small size, and loud, but squeaky bark. They are pretty easy to train, but tend to be suspicious of strangers, making them great guard dogs despite their size. Their cautious personality has helped them survive over the years, and can live up to 20 of them.


Chihuahua's are one of the smallest dog breeds out there, and on average tend to only grow from 6 to 7 pounds. These rowdy pups have lots of energy and will show it through their sassy personalities. These pups tend to get attached to one person, and will stick by your side from 12 to 20 years.

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds have been by man's side for a very long time. Having evolved from glorious hunting dogs into excellent herders, these pups are known for their energy and thrive when they have tasks to complete. These pups live up to 18 years, but the oldest dog in the world, a 30-year-old pup named Bluey, was an Australian Shepherd.
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New Guinea Singing Dog

A product of cross-breeding, these pups are known as purebred mutts, and although their looks are very distinct, you may have never even seen or heard of these pups. They are rare and became famous for their singing howls and unique vocalization. These unique pups have been recorded to live on average to 18 years.


These specialized breeds are actually a mix between cocker spaniels and poodles. They get their small size from the spaniels, only growing to be about 24 pounds at most. Their longer lifespans and easy going personality comes from the poodle side. On average, they tend to live up to 16 years old.

Toy Poodle

Toy Poodles have always made a family favorite, their small size and lack of shedding have made them perfect for people with allergies. Not only are they smart and eager to please, they only grow to be about 10 pounds or less. Their small size have helped them maintain a long lifespan, usually living on average to 16 years.

Shih Tzu

Toy dogs tend to live longer than some of the bigger pups, thanks to their small and spry bodies, and the Shih Tzu is no exception. Friendly and bred to be companion dogs, these dogs originated in China and have since made great pets to people all over the world, living from 10 to 16 years.

Jack Russell Terrier

These fun-loving and high energy pooches know how to have a good time. With the right amount of time outside, they make great outdoor and indoor companions, and have a high level of intelligence. This intelligence isn't wasted either, as their lifespans have also grown since first domesticated, and they can now live from 13 to 15 years.


These fluffy buddies are part of the toy group of dogs, and are best known for their fearless but friendly personalities. They have descended from pups that originated in the Central Mediterranean Area, and since then have extended their lifespan quite a bit, living anywhere from 12 to 15 years.


Anyone who loves a Beagle knows these short, but stout pups have plenty of spirit in them. Not only are they independent, but their proud demeanor tends to make them hard to train. Despite this, they are loved by families and make great buddies grow up with, especially since they tend to live between 12 and 15 years.