What are the longest living dog breeds? People like to know what to expect from just about everything in their life, and that includes how old their dog is going to get. While the numbers quoted below are just an average, knowing that your dog's breed generally lives 12-15 years can be comforting.
These are some breeds that are most likely to start using tennis balls on the legs of their walker long after they stop chasing them.
One of the oldest breeds of Terrier still with us, the Lakeland Terrier is a lively, family friendly breed that loves to play with kids for hours on end. A breed with coarse fur, they are less prone to shedding than other breeds, making them a great choice for someone with allergies, or someone who simply wants less to clean up after. Normally living 12 long years, this breed often surpasses that, often living up to 16 years, so you'll likely have this pal around for a long time.
A very smart and energetic breed, the Pomeranian is a world renowned show breed, thanks to their illustrious coat and bright demeanor. They are exceptionally smart dogs, which at times can be a double-edged sword -- they are able to learn tricks and commands well, but can also become a little headstrong. Given that this breed can stay with you for up to 16 years, it pays to train them right early on.
A token of good luck in their nation of origin, this 2,000 year old breed is a real people pleaser -- these dogs form quick bonds with everyone in the family. A great guard dog and loyal companion, this breed might need a firm hand during training, but the payoff is certainly worth the effort. With an average lifespan of 14 years, this breed is sure to pick you up after a rough day for years to come.
An incredibly popular little dog, the Yorkie makes for a great companion in a wide variety of living situations. Smart, high spirited, and loyal, the Yorkshire Terrier is sure to sit by your side through thick and thin. While they are nothing but loving with people, given their background as a hunting dog, they are not naturally the best friend for cats or other small animals (even taking on larger dogs from time to time). Considering they can live 16 years or longer, they should be socialized early if they are going to live with other pets.
A smart, loyal, strong, and sprightly breed, Manchester Terriers love to play but have just as much fun taking instructions. Forming strong bonds quickly, this breed is sure to stand by your side for the duration, which can be upwards of 15 years! But be warned, their love may take some unusual, destructive outlets in your absence, so make sure to train them early to avoid years of couch chewing.
Your quintessential hunting dog, this Terrier earned their name, holding records in rat killing. One Rat Terrier reportedly caught upwards of 2,500 rats in just seven hours! Thanks to their hunting nature, these dogs might not be the best companions for homes with cats, as they might see them as prey. They are great with kids and learn tricks well, but should be trained not to be defensive, as they tend to get protective of their toys. If they are properly trained, however, you can have 16+ years of fun and love with one of these energetic pups, and some even live to reach their 20s!
The Chihuahua takes the cake, routinely living to be 18 years or more. Typically a one-person dog, they may be small in size, but they have no shortage of personality. A frequent victim of the small dog personality disorder, they are often allowed to jump all over people and assert their dominance willy nilly, making them think that they are top dog. It should be noted that, while they are not typically great with kids, given the right circumstance and some training, these dogs can live in nearly any circumstance. Also, given the fact that you might be living with them for right around two decades, it is probably worth it to make sure they behave.
Disappointed your breed didn’t make it the list? Don't fret! Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog, lived to be 29, with their “average lifespan” being just 12-15 years -- and that was over 70 years ago! Anything is possible.
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