Longest Living Dog Breeds
January 5, 2019
It is only natural to want to find a dog breed which will stay around the longest, compared to the lifespans of humans, dogs lead a drastically shorter amount of time and the loss of a companion is crushing to an owner. We’ve put together a list of the 10 dog breeds which live the longest. It is interesting to note that many of the most popular breeds such as the Pug and French Bulldog didn’t make the list even though the general rule tends to be the smaller the dog is the longer they will live.
Despite the average lifespan of the dog, the dog will only live a happy and healthy life with the best quality of care. This means ensuring that all their dietary, physical and emotional needs are catered for. Some breeds are easier to care for than others due to their hardy resilience, this is why it is crucial for owners to understand the individualistic needs of the breed can be catered for before bringing the animal into their home.
Despite the small size of the Maltese they are still an extremely hardy breed of dog, it is also worth noting that female Maltese dogs generally one year longer than the males of the breed. However, due to the absence of genetic diseases, each Maltese has an average lifespan of 15 years.
Beagles are one of the only hunting dog breeds to feature on the list of the top ten dogs who live the longest. Although the average lifespan is 15 years, one Beagle who went by the name of Butch who lived in Virginia lived until he was 27, he sadly passed away in 2009.
It isn’t rare for Australia to breed hardy animals, and the Australian Shepherd Dog is definitely no exception to the rule. With an average lifespan of 15 years, the Aussie is one of the biggest dogs to feature on this list, yet they’re much more well known for their abilities in the field, intelligence and energetic personalities.
7. Shih Tzu
Although they may not be the friendliest of all the toy dogs, the Shih Tzu was considered a sweetheart when the Chinese Ming Dynasty ruled – and they still are today. Many people have chosen the elegant breed as their lifelong companions across Europe, Asia, America and Australia.
6. Lhasa Aspo
If you’re looking for a miniature guard dog which also has a long life span, look no further than the Lhasa Aspo which has an average lifespan of 15. Yet the oldest Lhasa Aspo in history was a dog which lived to the ripe old age of 29.
So, technically, the cockapoo isn’t a breed, it’s a crossbreed, but the average lifespan is impressive enough to earn the hybrid breed a spot at number five. Cockapoos are cross between a Poodle and Cocker Spaniel, yet they inherited the long lifespan of the Poodle as on average Cocker Spaniels only typically live between 10 and 15 years whereas the lifespan of the Cockapoo is 16.
The Jack Russell has always been a popular choice of dog breed in the UK due to their energetic personalities which pair with their fierce loyalty, the fact that they live 16 years on average may also have a little to do with the fact.
3. Toy Poodles
All Poodle variants tend to live, long, happy and healthy lives, yet it is the toy poodle which boasts the most impressive average lifespan at 16 years old. The Toy Poodle may be the smallest variant of the Poodle, yet the lifespan is almost unparalleled by most dog breeds.
The little Mexican canine may be the smallest dogs on the list, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not the hardiest. Their fragile little bodies are capable of giving the chihuahua an average lifespan of 17 years old. This is mainly due to the fact that Chihuahuas don’t suffer from any major genetic illnesses.
1. New Guinea Singing Dog
Never heard of the New Guinea Singing dog before? You’re not alone. As well as having the longest life expectancy, the New Guinea Singing Dog is also the world’s rarest dog. There are no prizes for guessing how the breed got its name, but sadly, the breed which is capable of maintaining an average lifespan of 18 years, is practically extinct with only approximately 100 alive in captivity. The New Guinea Singing Dog is gentle with humans, yet it still remains to be the most primitive dog breed alive today.