Which dog breed lives the longest?

A couple of years back, my dog Saint Bernard died at a natural age. His death came as a shocking event in my life. It took a lot of time to recover from his demise. As he was part of my childhood and teenage years. 

I spent a great deal of time with him. I made life-long and cherishing memories with him. Many times I still remember him, his size, his big hair, his loyalty, his daily walks with me, and intimate times we spent together. 

Everything made a profound impact on my growing years. I never imagined that he would leave me and this world too soon. 

His demise left me with loneliness in my life. I knew no one could replace him but still, I needed another dog who could fill the void left by him. It led me to search for the dogs with the longest life.

Because I did not want to go through what I had already gone through. I wanted a dog who would live with me as long as possible. 

I also had the genuine curiosity to know about the lifespan of dogs. Although every dog is important, I preferred the dogs with the longest lifespan. 

I did a lot of research to learn about the longest living time of dogs. I came across many interesting things about the dogs and their different breeds and I thought of sharing those learnings with you in this article. 

Dogs tend to live on an average of 10 to 13 years. Studies suggest that small dogs live longer than large dogs. Larger dogs age faster as they age.

This leads to many age-related diseases in them. But if you want to enjoy the longer company of the dogs then this list of some dog breeds will help you get the clarity. 

1. Lhasa Apso 

Lhasa is a dog breed whose origin goes back to Tibet. They have been used as a watchdog in the monasteries since ancient times. But they are not used as a watchdog. Today, they are kept in the household as a companion.

They are kind and loyal towards their masters. But they are not as comfortable with strangers. They are small in size and can easily cohabit with the children in the home. When it comes to their lifespan, they live for around 12-14 years but a few of the lucky ones can go for around 20 years too. 

2. Beagle 

You must be familiar with the comic character “Snoopy.” As a matter of fact, snoopy was a beagle. They are loud and are usually known for howling a lot. The name beagle comes from the French word “Bee gueule” which means loudmouth.

They are quite smart creatures and worthy companions to keep. They are good friends with the owner and are very kind. Beagles have a lifespan of around 14 years. They can also live as long as 25 years. They are pets to keep at home as long term companions. 

3. Australian cattle dog

They are known for forming a strong bond with their keeper. What makes it stand out is its large size. Large-sized dogs don’t live long enough but this dog is rare and lives around 12 to 15 years.

They are highly intelligent dogs that learn things very quickly. You can train them in so many different ways. You might find it challenging to keep them as they can prove to be headstrong too. 

4. Pomeranian 

Pomeranian is a small dog that got its name from Pomerania( a region divided between Poland and Germany). Pomeranians are jolly and high-spirited dogs and you can easily pass your time playing with these little dogs.

They don’t like outside noises and will start barking instantly if they hear the outside noises. They have a long lifespan of around 12 to 16 years, allowing you more time to spend time with them. 

5. Yorkshire terrier

The Yorkshire terrier also known as Yorkie is the breed that is famous for its long life expectancy. They are considered to live for about 14 to 17 years. They may be small in size but that does not deter them from being playful and attention grabbers.

One of the irritating things with these dogs is that they bark too much, making them the potential watchdog. Their weight is around three to five pounds on average when they are adults. 

6. Shih Tzu

As its name indicates, this dog belongs to ancient china and its name can be translated as “loin.” They were the favourites of the Chinese royalty who would keep them with passion. They are magnificent creatures and amiable towards everyone.

They are healthy dogs, having fewer health problems. But you have to take care of them well and you have to clean them well from time to time to keep them in good shape. They live for an average lifespan of 10 to 18 years, making them stay with you for long. 

7. Chihuahua 

Chihuahuas are notorious for long life. On average, they live for 15 to 20 years. They can cross the bar of 20 years too in many cases. Their long life is attributed to their small size. Also, they are not much prone to many diseases.

They are high-spirited dogs who make a great companion for you for a long period. They are intelligent dogs and form a great relationship with the kids. You may say they are the favourite of the kids. They don’t need much exercise owing to their small size.

Final words

This is the list that I compiled for you to give an idea about the dogs that live longer. However, you may observe that dogs with small sizes tend to live longer in comparison to large dogs. Whether a dog lives long or not, you must focus on making great memories for as long as they live and giving them great care. All dogs deserve that.

Also if you give them a good lifestyle and veterinary care, they are likely to lead a longer life irrespective of their size. 

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