They say that the worst thing about dogs is that their lives are too short. When we think of getting a dog, we want to bring home a fur baby that can live long and happy lives with us. So, in this article, we will list 11 longest living dog breeds.
Dogs on average live for about 10 years. There are ways to keep them healthy and increase their lifespan, but it does help when their genetics and structure enables them to live long. The breeds listed here are known to live for more than 14 years on average. Isn’t that amazing!
11 Longest Living Dog Breeds In The World
Most small breeds are long-living breeds but some medium-sized breeds live pretty long too.
Let’s have a look at the longest living dog breeds in the world. Stay tuned till the end because we have listed the longest living dog breed right at the end.
11. Mix Breed
The first type of dog on our list is not a breed really but a mix of breeds. When breeders are trying to go for a particular look, many genetic disorders seep into the breed.
Mix breed dogs are a creation of nature. Natural selection will usually favour genetics that increases the odds of an offspring’s survival. This is why mix-breed dogs usually live longer with fewer health defects.
Just look at our Indian street dogs. If kept well, they can live for more than 14 years!
So, if you want a dog with a high life expectancy, you can go to a nearby shelter and adopt a mixed breed, or adopt a street dog. We’re sure they’ll stay with you for long!
Pugs are quite popular in India because of their cute pushed-in nose and their curly tail that resembles the frosting on a cupcake.
But make sure you do your research before getting the cute little pug. These dogs have a pushed-in nose and many wrinkles around their face which make it difficult for them to breathe.
In fact, some pugs need surgery to make breathing a little easier and even then, the problems don’t go away.
Their wrinkles also need to be cleaned every day to prevent the buildup of any infections. They are prone to melanoma, or skin cancer of the mouth so it is vital that you take care of their cute wrinkly muzzle.
Since these dogs have short delicate fur, they are also prone to heat strokes and are sensitive to extreme temperatures. So make sure they aren’t exposed to peak summers and winters.
If they are well cared for, an average Pug can live up to 12-15 years.
The Maltese are one of the oldest breeds present today. They have a soft white double-layered coat that doesn’t shed a lot but it needs to be groomed and trimmed.
They were originally bred as fighter dogs, but now all the fighter genes have been breed out of them. The modern-day Maltese is fun, easy-going and love to do whatever their human wants to do.
The Maltese are often falsely categorised as a lapdog. They love outdoorsy activities but since they are tiny one of your stride is ten steps for them.
These dogs get along with most people. But like all small dogs, we would suggest being vigilant around very small children. They are delicate dogs that need to be treated with care.
The Maltese live for around 12-15 years on average with very few genetic issues.
8. Toy Poodle
Poodles are the second most intelligent dogs in the world! They have people-pleasing personalities, making it very easy to train them. They are also relatively easy to have around the house. First-time owners can have toy poodle breeds too.
Poodles are also great for people with allergies. Their fur is much like hair in the sense that it keeps growing and does not cause allergies. Which is why poodle owners have to hire professional groomers or spend time grooming their dog.
Poodles on average live for 12-15 years.
7. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is a beautiful little dog. It has a royal ancestry, bred to live in large luxurious homes, but really, the Shih Tzu will go anywhere you will.
Shih Tzus are pretty laid back and they don’t need a lot of exercises. However, they have a dense luscious coat that needs to be groomed often.
On average Shih Tzus live for more than 15 years and make for amazing family dogs.
The Pomeranians share ancestry with large dog breeds like the Siberian Husky, the Samoyed, the Alaskan Malamute and the Keeshond.
Queen Victoria really liked Poms but she wanted them small enough to sit on her lap. Thus the breeding began with small varieties of the Pomeranians and slowly, these dogs became a small bundle of joy.
A healthy Pomeranian lives for about 12-16 years. Older Poms are prone to tooth problems and patellar luxation.
5. Jack Russel Terrier
For those of you who watched ‘The Mask’, we’re sure you remember the fun and whimsical Milo who jumped into the prison window to save Stanley Ipkiss’s life. Milo could do that because he is a Jack Russel Terrier.
These highly energetic and driven dogs can jump five times their height! They have a lot of energy and are very intelligent. Hence they need training right from day one.
If you give them the right care, they can live for more than 16 years! The oldest Jack Russel Terrier has lived for 24 years.
4. Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is strong, athletic and very intelligent. Earliest settlers in Australia wanted dogs that could travel long distances with their cattle.
As a result, they mixed the Australian Dingo with the Blue Merle and thus came the Australian Cattle Dog.
These dogs are very sturdy and don’t have a lot of hereditary problems in their genetics. However, some lines have been prone to deafness and blindness.
Australian Cattle Dogs live for an average of 16+ years but the oldest dog in the world was an Australian Cattle Dog. His name was Bluey and he lived for 29 years!
The Dachshund also lives reasonably long. They are short and long and their bodies were originally made like that so that they can go into small tunnels and hunt badgers.
These dogs have a lot of energy and wouldn’t mind fighting off those double their size. But because of their long back, you should not let them jump or run too much. Avoid letting them run on concrete surfaces.
They are prone to back problems during their senior years which can be very painful. So pay attention to their beautiful long backs.
Dachshunds live for an average of 12-17 years.
2. Yorkshire Terrier
Here’s a feisty little dog that adds a lot of personality to your life. The oldest Yorkshire Terrier has lived for around 26 years. He was labelled as the oldest recorded dog in Great Brittain. On average though, Yorkies live for around 15-20 years.
These dogs are hypoallergenic. Their fur is often referred to as ‘hair’ because it has lesser dander and therefore does not cause allergies. The downside, however, is that you have to groom them often and get their hair trimmed.
These dogs were bred to hunt rats so don’t confuse their small size for a cuddly lapdog. If you have other pets like hamsters and guinea pigs in the house, the Yorkie may not be ideal for you.
Yorkies are prone to tooth and gum problems, obesity and parasitic infections. Don’t let them jump on high surfaces to protect their hips and brush their teeth often to maintain good oral hygiene.
The Chihuahua is recorded to be the tiniest dog breed in the world. But they have the longest lifespan on record.
Most Chihuahuas live for at least 15 years and so many of them live well into their 20s while their average lifespan is between 15-20 years.
Since the Chihuahua is so small, pet parents tend to give them more food than they require. This usually causes obesity that can lead to the luxating patella or the dislocating of the knee cap. This is a very painful condition that makes it very difficult for them to walk.
Kidney stones, spinal injuries and tooth decay are other health problems they can face with age. If you have kids around the house, ask them not to play rough with them and don’t let them jump too high to protect their bones.
So, here’s our list of the 11 longest living dog breeds in the world. Some of them are quite popular in India. Do you have any of these breeds listed above? If you do, tell us their age in the comment section below. We are always eager to know about your doggos.