According to Guinness World records, an Australian cattle dog named Bluey was the longest living dog. He died in 1939 at the age of 29 years and 5 months. This is pretty long compared to the average life expectancy of most dogs nowadays.
Generally, small-sized dogs tend to live longer than their larger counterparts. So, if you’ve been curious to know dog breeds that have the longest life spans, here are some of them:
Don’t underestimate these little guys because of their small size. Chihuahuas can live for as long as 15 to 20 years, mainly because they aren’t susceptible to any serious genetic diseases. As long as you take care of your pet well, you’re guaranteed of wonderful adventures for a very long time.
Even though Yorkshire Terriers are pampered a lot in our homes today, they were used to hunt rats in the past. These cute, lively and energetic dogs are very popular among many dog lovers. With quality care, these little dogs can live for an average of between 17 and 20 years, which are many years of fun if you ask me.
Though Poodles have a fairly long life expectancy, Toy Poodles tend to live the longest. Seamus, the oldest living Toy Poodle, lived for 20 good years. So, expect your little best friend to keep you company for several years to come. By this I mean between 12 and 15 years.
Just like Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese dog breeds were also used to hunt rats in the ancient times. They originated from the Mediterranean Island Of Malta and have been around for about 28 centuries. Most people love these dogs not only for their gentle manner, but also for their white, silky, long hair. They have a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years. However, females tend to live longer than males.
Dachshunds were used by the Germans for hunting in the Middle Ages, but today, they can be found in many homes as human companions. These dog breeds are very lively and playful, and live for an average of 12 to 15 years. So you can be sure of having many good times together if you buy or adopt a Dachshund. Just make sure you protect his long back by not letting him jump from high places like furniture.
With Beagles you’re guaranteed of entertainment all through. They’re active, vocal, curious and very smart. Beagles live for an average of 12 to 15 years. The oldest Beagle by the name Butch died in Virginia in 2003 at the age of 27 years.
Note that these dogs love eating, so don’t be tempted to overfeed them to keep them happy. If you do, the extra weight they’ll gain overtime will make them vulnerable to different health problems which will surely shorten their lifespan.
These popular dog breeds live for an average of 12 to 15 years. Their flat snouts and big eyes make their faces look very funny, no doubt, but I can assure you that Pugs bring lots of fun and laughter into any home they become part of. But just like Beagles, these animals can develop various health problems when they’re overweight, so make sure you give them the right amount of food at the right time.
These are some of the dog breeds to choose from if you’re looking for a canine companion that will live with you for as long as possible.