Top 10 Longest Living Dog Breeds

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When thinking about your next four-legged friend, you probably want to consider the average lifespan of the breed of dog you are looking into. This can give you a rough estimate of the time that your new friend will have to spend with you and your family. Keep reading to learn about the longest and shortest living dog breeds to help you make an informed decision about the next dog for you and your family!


A breed made famous by many movies and movie stars that like to carry them around in their handbags, this breed is known to live up to seventeen years! What's their secret? They are not prone to any diseases like other dogs are. This means that they easily have the potential for a long and healthy life and are possibly the longest living dogs ever!

Toy Poodle

Another small pup on the list is the Toy Poodle. Full-sized poodles have a long lifespan as well, but the Toy Poodle lives just a bit longer, averaging sixteen years! This is a great dog if you are looking for a small companion to join your family. They will sure to be the center of attention!


Maltese pups are like Chihuahuas in that they are not susceptible to as many life-threatening diseases as other dogs. This means that Maltese pups are prone to long lives, an average of fifteen years in fact! If you want to get very specific, females tend to live one year longer than males. Maltese do require quite a bit of grooming to keep their long and luscious coat looking in tip-top shape!

Scottish Collie

If you are looking for a bigger breed dog that will live a long and healthy life, the Scottish Collie is a great dog for you. These dogs are great for families because they are good with children and have natural protector instincts. They usually live between twelve to fourteen years.

New Guinea Singing Dog

The New Guinea Singing Dog may not be recognized by the AKC, but is a dog that will live a long and healthy life. Their average lifespans are anywhere between twelve to sixteen years. The New Guinea Singing Dog resembles a fox in appearance and is best for individuals without a big family. You should get this dog when they are little because they closely resemble a wild animal and require socialization training.


A beagle is an older breed that has hunting instincts. This small to medium-sized dog can live at least thirteen years if they have a healthy lifestyle. It will be important to properly exercise a beagle so that they are healthy and not as hyper as they will be if they are cooped up indoors all day!

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is another small dog that has a long lifespan. Although they are prone to a few diseases, you can be proactive with your veterinarian to watch for warning signs. A healthy Yorkshire Terrier can live up to sixteen years! This is a really long lifespan for a tiny pup that will bring a delightful energy to your home!


Pomeranians need daily stimulation such as indoor games and they also need to go for lots and lots of walks! They may suffer from minor health conditions but can live up to sixteen years. Monitoring their health with your vet is the best way to promote a long and healthy life for your special pup!

Husky Golden Retriever Mix

A Husky Golden Retriever Mix is very quick learners. If you are getting a Husky Golden Retriever mix, you should start obedience training early to make sure your dog is always on their best behavior. This adorable breed can live anywhere from twelve to fifteen years.


The Cockapoo looks almost like a teddy bear! This cuddly dog bread can live anywhere from twelve to fifteen years. The poodle-cocker-spaniel mix doesn't shed, is easy to train, and needs a lot of exercise. This is the perfect sized dog for a family with kids because it is the perfect size to play with them but not overpower them!

Now that we have highlighted some of the dog breeds with the longest lifespan, we would like to talk about a few of the dog breeds with some of the shortest lifespans.

French Mastiff

The French Mastiff is possibly the dog breed with the shortest lifespan ever, living for an average of only five to eight years. If you get one of these pups, remember to spoil them and cherish your time with them! They are very calm animals and also easy to care for.

Great Dane

Great Danes are another dog with a short lifespan. Ranging from six to eight years, this gentle giant does not have as much time as some of it's smaller companions. They are known for their loyalness, so your time with them will be well spent.

Bernese Mountain Dogs

Not to be confused with a small bear, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a great addition to any family. Another gentle giant, this breed has a life expectancy of only six to eight years.

Whether you are in the search for a new pup to join your family or just like learning about dogs, we hope this article was helpful. Remember, even if a dog has a short lifespan, it does not mean that they cannot bring joy and happiness to your family!

Regardless of the predicted lifespan for your dog, you should always make sure that they are getting all the nutrients they can from their food, getting plenty of exercises, and frequent vet-visits to make sure that they are healthy and living out the best life that they can! Also, while health is important, loving and caring for your dog can also help their health! The more doggy kisses the better!

Guest Author:

Olivia Harper is the co-founder of the blog Daily Dog Stuff. She is a reserved and passionate pet parent who loves to spend time with her Sibe, who keeps her active and social. Read more of her guides and tips by visiting the blog or following their page @dailydogstuff.

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