The longest-living breeds of dog

This is an extensive review of those dogs. Or rather Part One of that review.

First of all, this was sent to me by Margaret K. from down under! Thank you, Margaret.

I started to download the pictures for you thinking there would only be a few. But I was mistaken, there were dozens.

But that doesn’t stop me from linking to a brilliant article.

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Bow Wow! The Longest Living Dog Breeds

 

These longest-living dog breeds will stick around.Getty Images

By now, most people are aware that smaller dogs generally live longer than their larger counterparts, but by how much exactly?

A 2013 report by Banfield Pet Hospital revealed that most dogs that weighed less than 19 pounds had an average lifespan of approximately 11.3 years, while medium to large dogs in the 20- to 90-pounds range lived approximately 10.8 years, and giant dogs more than 90 pounds usually only lived until the eight-year mark.

But even amongst small dogs, there’s a wide range of life expectancies. So, if you’re looking for a furry companion that will be around for a long time, make sure to narrow your search to one of the following breeds that are well-known to have long life expectancies

Dachshund

While the dachshund can live up to 20 years, it is prone to suffer from back injuries.Getty Images

The famous “hot dog” dog is one adorably furry creature that generally will live a pretty long life in human years — about 15 to 20 years.

As the smallest member of the hound family, the dachshund — thanks to its distinctive shape — is prone to suffer from back injuries, so it’s important for owners to make sure they don’t jump off of high surfaces like couches, and even beds, to help them live a long healthy life

Chihuahua

One of the smallest breeds, the Chihuahua is also one of the longest-living.Getty Images

The sweet, sassy and petite Chihuahua can live up to a whopping 20 years. As one of the smallest breeds on this list, clocking in at a mere 3 to 5 pounds, most members of the Chihuahua family live around 15 to 18 years, but some common Chihuahua health problems to look out for include heart problems and patellar luxation

Toy Poodle

Thanks to their miniature size, toy poodles tend to live the longest of all the poodle varieties.Getty Images

Not only are poodles sharp as a whip and great with kids, they also happen to be one breed that lives the longest. Toy poodles in particular, thanks to their miniature size, tend to live the longest of all the poodle varieties — about 15 to 20 years.

They do require plenty of physical and mental exercise (hence, the intelligence), so make sure to keep that in mind before you commit to a toy poodle for two decades.

Beagle

The longest-living beagle lived to be 27 years old.Getty Images

Who can resist those big floppy ears and puppy dog eyes? Long considered a wonderful family pet, the average beagle lives approximately 12 to 17 years. In fact, the longest living beagle, Butch, lived to an incredible 27 years!

Aging beagles commonly deal with back issues, so make sure they stay active and don’t overeat.

Lhasa Apso

 

The Lhasa apso’s long hair makes it the perfect furry friend.Getty Images

Long-haired, shaggy and slightly goofy looking, Lhasa apsos are definitely easy to love. Luckily for their owners, their best fur buddy will be around for a long time, with an average lifespan somewhere in the vicinity of 15 to 20 years.

They are known to suffer from skin problems — something that can often be managed simply by making sure they eat the right blend of dog food.

Pomeranian

Pomeranians require lots of grooming.Getty Images

These popular small dogs are playful, full of life and super alert. They live approximately 12 to 16 years, although some have been recorded to have lived up to the two-decade mark — that’s 140 in dog years!

Thanks to all that glorious pomeranian hair, this breed will require a lot of grooming (unless you love tangles everywhere), so it’s just something to keep in mind as you’ll likely be brushing that fur for many, many years to come.

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Now I just counted the images and there are 50 of them.

So this is going to be spread out over time.

I hope you understand.

10 thoughts on “The longest-living breeds of dog

  1. Good info, Paul. Thanks! My dog was the runt of a teacup poodle litter. As she weighs 12 pounds, I call her a ‘failed teacup.’ The vet said that for dogs her size figure the first year is 17 years and every year after that four. So, as she is turning 14 years next month her age in ‘people years’ will be 69 and not 14 X 7 which would be 98. Good news for me as her owner.

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      1. That wasn’t the point I was raising, Tony. What I was saying that I didn’t realise that the dog:human year was different according to the age of the dog. And according to the breed of the dog and asking for more information? 🙂

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      2. Sorry. I am the one getting old. The vet said that dogs Gabi’s size have that ratio. Larger dogs are closer to the seven years.

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