Critter Culture
Dog Breeds That Live the Longest

Dog years mean nothing to these puppies who live the longest

Critter Culture Staff



Let’s face it⁠—with an average lifespan of only about 10 to 13 years, our beloved best friends don’t live nearly as long as we’d like them to. As a general rule, smaller dog breeds live longer than larger breeds, and some dog breeds live longer than others no matter what their size. With proper care, there’s always hope that your pooch will live a long life well beyond their years. The longest living dog ever was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey, who lived to the ripe old age of 29. Now that’s a lot of dog years!



Beagle olaser / Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 17 years

Floppy-eared, doe-eyed beagles are often regarded as the perfect family pet. Hey, Snoopy is a beagle, after all. Although their name literally translates to “loudmouth” in French, they are loving, gentle, friendly dogs who are great with children. Thanks to their lifespan, you can expect your boisterous little buddy to be part of the family for a long, long time.

The record holder for the longest living beagle was Butch from Virginia, who was born in 1975 and died in 2003⁠—that’s 28 years! He was often described as being as playful as a puppy, up until the last of his days.



 Daschund SensorSpot / Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 15 to 20 years

The adorable “hot dog” will certainly relish a nice, long life if properly cared for. In fact, a Virginia dachshund named Chanel was a world record-holder for dachshund longevity. She died in August 2009 at the age of 21⁠—that’s over 100 in human years. The pampered pooch wore tinted goggles for her cataracts and hand-knit sweaters to stay warm and was pushed around in a stroller in her later years.


Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso f8grapher / Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 15 to 20+ years

Easy to love in part because of their slightly goofy appearance, these loyal lapdogs enjoy life spans as long as their shaggy coats. Extraordinarily healthy, they can easily live into their 20s. The oldest ever Lhasa Apso lived a staggering 29 years and passed away in 1939.

Fun fact: Lhasa Apsos were bred as indoor watchdogs for the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet, to alert the monks to intruders. This is where they get their zenful yet protective nature.


Toy Poodle

Toy Poodle paylessimages / Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 15 to 20 years

All poodles and poodle mixes have a long life expectancy, but toy poodles⁠—the littlest of the bunch⁠—have the longest.

Thanks to their high intelligence and energy levels, toy poodles require oodles of mental and physical stimulation their whole life long. This might be a two-decade commitment, so bear this in mind before you let a toy poodle into your heart and home.


Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu Nayomiee / Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 15+ years

Nicknamed “the cats of the dog world” because of their independent nature, fox-like shiba inus are regarded as a natural treasure in Japan, where they originated in 300 BC. Their name translates to “diminutive dog” in an old Nagano dialect, but their lifespan is far from little.

Recently, a shiba inu mix in Japan named Pusuke broke world records for living to the ripe old age of 26⁠—that’s 125 in human years!


Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier franciskocz / Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 16 years

The Energizer Bunnies of the dog world, these tenacious terriers “keep going and going and going”⁠—and apparently, so do their lifespans! You could argue that all this boisterous energy is the secret to keeping Jack Russells young-at-heart well into their twilight years. They get their name from a person in England known as Jack Russell, surprisingly enough, who bred hunting dogs in the 19th century.


Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd Bigandt_Photography / Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 15 years

In general, smaller dogs live longer than larger dogs, but the Aussie⁠—who can stand up to 23 inches tall and can weigh up to 65 lbs.⁠—is a rare exception to the rule. Famed for being excellent herders with high energy levels, Australian shepherds are a mainstay in American cowboy culture for their ability to herd bulls and are commonly found on the rodeo circuit. Here’s a secret: despite their name, they aren’t even Australian. Or American, for that matter. They originally hail from the Basque region of Spain.



Maltese claudio.arnese / Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 15+ years

Once known as “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta,” this affectionate Mediterranean breed dates back to Biblical times. Famous for their show-stopping snow-white hair, Maltese are more than just a pretty face⁠—they’re intelligent, playful, and great with kids. While females generally outlive males by about a year, these long-living dogs should be part of the family for many years to come.



Pug o_sa / Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 15 years

Though loveable pugs have a reputation for having a host of health problems, this ancient Chinese breed has a longer than average lifespan. Considered the perfect house pet for their easy-going adaptability, these incredibly affectionate and loyal companions are happy just about everywhere you put them⁠—country, city, or anywhere in between.

It is true, however, that pugs are pigs and will overeat if given the chance. To give your pug the best shot at the longest life possible, make sure you keep an eye on their waistlines.


Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu elenasendler / Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 10 to 18 years

The miniature but majestic “lion dog” has a lifespan that can vary greatly depending on the pup. While most have an average lifespan of about 10 years, some live as long as double that. Shih Tzus were the pet of choice for the Chinese Ming Dynasty, and their regal breeding means they are perfectly happy lounging around royal palaces all day⁠—or one-room studio apartments. If they can’t tell the difference, why should we?

Fun fact: Shih Tzu is actually pronounced sher zer in Chinese.



Chihuahua Dogs Angela Emanuelsson / EyeEm/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 20 years

One of the tiniest members of the canine world, chihuahuas pack a lot of personality into their small frames. Hailing from Mexico, these petite pooches are known for their loyalty and devotion to their owners. They may have a reputation for being feisty, but with proper socialization and attentive care, they can be excellent companions for decades!


Yorkshire terrier

Beautiful Yorkshire Terrier Dog laying on the green grass Yevgen Romanenko/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 16 years

Affectionately known as Yorkies, these pint-sized pups are popular for their hypoallergenic coats (it's hair, not fur!) and bold personalities. Although they might be small, they have a big-dog attitude and are often fearless in the face of larger animals. With proper love and attention, these sweet lapdogs can be a part of your life for well over a decade.



A beautiful dog runs through the bright autumn forest, PopoudinaSvetlana/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 16 years

Pomeranians are fluffy, compact dogs known for their fox-like faces and extremely high energy. They're intelligent and trainable, making them excellent companions for those willing to invest time in raising them. Their thick double coats require regular grooming, but that's a small price to pay for this fluffy sweetie who will be a lively, long-time addition to your life.



A papillon breed dog lying in the grass. Narrow depth of field with focus on the eyes. RichLegg/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 16 years

Named for their butterfly-like ears, Papillons are small, elegant dogs known for their agility and intelligence. These affectionate and lively pups make excellent companions for people who enjoy an active lifestyle. Enjoy their bright personality day to day and on adventures across the country—the two of you will have a long, loving life together.


Bichon frise

Adorable young Bichon frise puppy walks around the sunny spring lawn. SStajic/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 15 years

These small, fluffy dogs are known for their cheerful disposition and hypoallergenic coats. Bichon frises are social animals that thrive on human interaction, making them excellent companions for families and solo folks with lots of time to spend with their furbaby. Attentive care will ensure this affectionate dog is a part of your life for many years to come.



whippet portrait in the park BiancaGrueneberg/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 15 years

Whippets, the smaller cousins of greyhounds, are known for their sleek and elegant appearance. Gentle and affectionate , these dogs adapt easily and thrive in various living situations, from urban apartments to rural homes. Although they're known for their speed and agility, whippets also enjoy lounging around the house with their families. You'll have plenty of time to love this little guy to pieces.


Border collie

Beautiful portrait dog breed Border collie on the brown ground with his stick Radim Ryba/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 15 years

Border collies are renowned for their intelligence, work ethic, and boundless energy. They are often considered the most intelligent dog breed, due in part to their impressive agility and trainability. Their strong drive to work and please their owners makes them ideal for active families and individuals who can provide ample mental and physical stimulation. Keep your herding fur baby on top of their game, and you're sure to have many heartwarming, adventurous years ahead.


Miniature schnauzer

puppy Mark Nicol/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 15 years

Miniature schnauzers are known for their distinctive bearded appearance and outgoing personalities. These versatile dogs excel at various activities, including obedience, agility, and therapy work. With their low-shedding (and low-allergy) coats and high intelligence, miniature schnauzers make great long-term companions for anyone who likes face nuzzles.


Cocker spaniel

Four Spaniels Dogs in Bluebells Alexandra Robins/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 15 years

These happy, affectionate dogs are known for their long, silky coats and floppy ears. Cocker spaniels have a natural love for people and enjoy being part of family activities. They require regular grooming to maintain their luxurious coats, but with proper care, your cocker spaniel will be around long after the kids head to college.


Boston terrier

Boston Terrier dog with head cocked Rebecca Nelson/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 11 to 15 years

Often referred to as the "American Gentleman," Boston terriers are known for their tuxedo-like markings and friendly personalities. These small, compact dogs are intelligent, easy to train, and low maintenance, making them ideal for first-time dog owners. Take excellent care of your Boston Terrier, and they will be a cherished family member for many years.


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Two purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs without leash outdoors in the nature on a sunny day. Bigandt_Photography/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 10 to 15 years

Known for their affectionate and gentle nature, Cavalier King Charles spaniels are true companion dogs. These sweet, easy-going pups get along well with children and other pets, making them the perfect addition to any family. Their silky coats require regular grooming, but the time spent together will only strengthen the bond between you and your long-lived friend.


Shetland sheepdog

Portrait of a Shetland Sheepdog pankration/ Getty Images

Average lifespan: about 12 to 14 years

Affectionately known as shelties, these small herding dogs resemble miniature rough collies. With their beautiful, flowing double coats and gentle, affectionate nature, shelties make excellent family pets. They do require regular grooming to maintain their luxurious coats, as well as ample mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy and healthy, much like their border collie cousins. You'll have a running and hiking companion for a long time with this loveable breed.


Toy Manchester Terrier

toy Manchester terrier

The Toy Manchester Terrier, a pint-sized version of the standard Manchester, boasts a sleek, short coat and a spirited personality. With a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years, these agile little dogs are known for their loyalty and affectionate nature. Despite their small stature, they carry a big-dog attitude, often fearless and always curious. Owners should be mindful of their propensity for dental issues, a common trait in smaller breeds, and ensure regular check-ups to keep those pearly whites in tip-top shape.




A delightful mix of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, the Cockapoo is a bundle of energy and charm that can light up any room. These dogs typically enjoy a lifespan of 12 to 18 years, inheriting the Poodle's intelligence and the Cocker Spaniel's warmth. Their hypoallergenic coat makes them a popular choice for families with allergies. Regular grooming and mental stimulation are key for this breed, as their smart minds need engaging just as much as their bodies.


Scottish Collie

Close-up of collie amidst plants Omica Photography / 500px / Getty Images

The Scottish Collie, often overshadowed by its more famous cousin, the Border Collie, is a hidden gem among long-living breeds, with a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years. These dignified dogs are as smart as they are graceful, with a double coat that requires regular grooming. Known for their gentle disposition, Scottish Collies make excellent companions for children and are always eager to please their human counterparts.



Dog chasing a tennis ball Bryan Miguel / Getty Images

Corgis, with their distinctive short legs and long bodies, are not just a favorite of royalty; they're beloved worldwide. These sturdy little herders are expected to live between 12 to 15 years. They're as affectionate as they are vocal, often alerting their families to anything amiss. While they may be small, they require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.




The Affenpinscher, with a monkey-like expression and a fearless attitude, is a small dog with a big personality. These little dogs have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years and are known for their entertaining antics and loyal nature. Their wiry coat does require some grooming, but their overall maintenance is relatively low compared to other breeds. They're perfect for someone looking for a smaller, longer-lived companion.


Parson Russell Terrier

parson russel terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier, a close relative of the Jack Russell Terrier, is a vivacious and tenacious breed. With a lifespan of 13 to 15 years, these dogs are the epitome of endurance and spirit. They require ample exercise and thrive in environments where they can run and play. Their intelligence and energy make them excellent candidates for dog sports and agility training.


Russell Terrier

Jack russell terrier playing in fresh green grass on sunny day. Maksym Belchenko / Getty Images

The Russell Terrier, often confused with the Parson Russell Terrier, stands out with its shorter legs and longer body. These dogs are expected to live about 12 to 14 years. They share the same zest for life as their Parson counterparts and are equally intelligent and trainable. Their compact size makes them suitable for various living situations, provided they get enough daily exercise.


Chinese Crested

MICHAEL LOFENFELD Photography / Getty Images

The Chinese Crested is a breed that turns heads not only for its unique appearance but also for its surprisingly long lifespan of 13 to 18 years. These dogs come in two varieties: the hairless and the powderpuff, with the latter having a full coat. They are playful, loving, and thrive on human companionship. Despite their delicate appearance, they are robust and can be quite the athletes in agility and obedience competitions.



Funny Moments: A Hilarious Journey into My Little Pony

Funny Moments: A Hilarious Journey into My Little Pony

Get your paws on the latest animal news and information