So, you are ready to bring a dog into your home. Obviously, your intention is to have that new four-legged member of the household around for a very long time to come.
Since dogs can become such integral members of a family, it is only natural to want them around for as long as possible. And when you have kids, it’s nice to bring a pup into the home and have that pup grow into adulthood with your child.
It’s important to know that there are some breeds out there that tend to be hardier than others. In general, most dogs have lifespans that are similar, ranging anywhere from 10 to 13 years old.
There are certain breeds however, that have significantly shorter lifespans. Then there are some breeds that surprise us and live a very long time, sometimes up to 15 years and beyond.
Some of the longest living breeds of dog have been known to have instances where they have lived 20 years or longer, although that is rare.
That’s a pretty long time for a dog – it works out to be about 140 years old in human years!
Also, something to keep in mind when choosing your new dog is that when you go with a purebred pooch, though they may have a great pedigree, sometimes their health can suffer and their lifespans can be shorter.
Deciding to go with a mutt instead means you could have a dog that may live longer. It’s also worth noting that smaller dogs tend to have the longest life spans, while larger dogs have the shortest.
Either way, seek out a dog with an amazing personality and tons of vitality, and you will have a source of joy for many years to come.
Keep reading for an overview of 20 of the longest living dog breeds!
Originally bred as a German hunting dog to hunt badgers and other little animals, Dachshunds weigh in at 16 to 32 pounds, depending on whether they are standard or miniature in size.
They can be very playful but also sometimes aggressive when it comes to strangers. They can also be stubborn and a bit difficult to train both in obedience and house training.
Provided they don’t have any serious health problems, these dogs can live quite a long time, with the miniatures tending to live the longest. These dogs are often called “wiener dogs” because of their long back. This means they can be prone to back problems, especially if they are overweight. But when they are well-taken care of with no major health issues, this dog can live anywhere from 15 to 20 years.
Though these dogs are very small, they can be quite fierce. Chihuahuas are often no more than 6 or 7 pounds (if not less), depending on whether they are toy or miniature-sized.
However, because they’re so small they can be prone to quite a few health problems so it’s important to realize that before you bring one home to your family.
These dogs may not be a great for households with small children. They tend to attach to just one person in the home, so they make great companions for someone who lives alone or for couples that don’t have children.
You must be willing to stay on top of their health and avoid over feeding them so that they don’t get too fat. With proper care, these dogs can live anywhere from 15 to 20 years.
This dog is considered a “hypoallergenic” dog breed. They don’t shed much, making them great for families with allergy issues. These dogs weigh in at 10 pounds or less, and are distinct in their looks.
Everyone knows what they are looking at when they come across a Poodle. These dogs are smart and eager to learn, and provided they have no other no contingent health problems, they can live a very long time. Overall, an intelligent, fun little dog that can be with a family anywhere from 15 to 20 years.
These dogs weigh in at 20 to 25 pounds. They were bred as trackers, so they have a great nose for finding things and love to sniff up a storm while out on walks. Beagles make excellent dogs for families, in large part because of their sturdiness and size, as well as their personality and temperament.
However, if you do not like dogs that howl, they might not be the right breed for you. They are very spirited, but they can also be stubborn and a somewhat hard dog breed to train. Sweet and friendly, even with strangers, if you can handle the howling and vocalization tendencies, these dogs can make a great family addition.
Just keep in mind they can be prone to obesity if they don’t get plenty of exercise, which can impact their health. When well-cared for a Beagle can live anywhere from 15 to 20 years.
These dogs are small and mighty with super long hair. They make great little apartment buddies, and will alert you when intruders are present every time. Lhasa Apsos weigh in at about 18 pounds, though often they may be smaller.
Their personalities can be vastly different from dog to dog, ranging from dignified to mischievous. They are an easy dog breed to train, and overall make a great long-living addition to the family.
These dogs can live from 15 to 20 years, sometimes even longer and are friendly little dogs that love to be loved.
These dogs are small, weighing in anywhere from 3 to 7 pounds. They are full of personality, even described as vivacious, and they love to play. Pomeranians don’t necessarily make the best of pets for families with children, but they make great companions for adults and couples.
These little dogs can live 12 to 16 years or more. Some have even been thought to live 20 years and beyond.
These dogs are herding dogs, once used for driving livestock. They love having a “job” to do, and are very intelligent and energetic. Australian Shepherds need to be kept busy, and have no problems with being in charge.
They can easily become bored and destructive if not given “work” to do. They also may decide to herd your kids, so that is something to watch for. They make great companions especially for active families and weigh in anywhere from 40 to 65 pounds. Their life expectancy is 12 to 15 years, with some of them living up to 18 years.