15 List: Which Dog Lives The Longest
The oldest living dog is the 31 year old Bobi owned by the Costa family. Bobi is the Rafeiro do Alentejo breed whose lifespan is generally 12-14 years old.
Bobi set the Guinness world record by living more than double the average lifespan of its breed. There are other dog breeds aside from Rafeiro do Alentejo whose average lifespan is far more, but because of other elements, Bobi is now older than 31.
Other dogs outlying their breeds' average lifespan include a 29-year-old Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey, 28-year-old Beagle named Butch, 27-year-old Border Collie, 27-year-old Pug, 27-year-old Labrador, Retriever and many more.
So, how long do the dogs live on average, and what breeds live the longest? Well, the average dogs live around 14 to 16 years, but it depends on many other factors.
Breeds, genetics, nutrition, exercise, health care, vaccinization, emotional connection, mental stimulation, and environmental factors cause varying life expectancy of a dog.
Here we have listed 15 dogs who live the longest based on their breeding and genetics, as per the reports by USA Today.
1. The Pyrenean Sheepdog - 15 to 17 years
This medium sized The Pyrenean Sheepdog lives until its late teens. Generally, their lifespan ranges above 17 years.
The oldest Pyrenean Shepherd recorded so far is 29 years old. Their height is around 15.5 to 18.5 inches and weighs around 15 to 30 pounds.
It is one of the oldest breeds from France and dates back to the 19th century. This highly lovey-dovey, kid-friendly and non-hypoallergenic dog is originally a herding dog.
The color of its fur coat can range from Black, white, gray merle, brindle, or fawn. They may also be found in rough-faced as well as smooth-face coat. It is a rare breed and difficult to find in most local shelters.
They are among the healthiest breed with no genetic diseases. Some may experience eye defects like choroidal hypoplasia and some have congenital defects like Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). Overall they are the healthy dog breeds.
2. Biewer Terrier - 16 years
The Biewer Terrier are developed from the Yorkshire Terrier dogs. They have recently gained AKC recognition. Biewer Terrier lives around 16 years on average.
They are generally 7-11 inches tall and weigh around 4-8 pounds. Biewer Terriers are the most affectionate, intelligent, brave, and loyal dogs.
They are generally healthy, but some are prone to bladder stones, tracheal collapse, dislocated kneecaps, and hypoglycemia. Owners may also need help finding tolerable foods for Biewers as they have a sensitive digestive system. Because of their small stature, they need soft handling.
Biewers are a rare breed of dog and difficult to find. The peculiar features that identities Biewer Terriers from other Terriers are their small size, long and silky hair, and white, black, and tan colored coats.
Other Terriers like Yorkshire Terrier, Parson Russell terrier, Irish terrier, Silky terrier, Toy fox terrier, Cairn terrier, West Highland white terrier, Teddy Roosevelt terrier, American hairless terrier, Tibetan Terrier, and Manchester terrier are also among the breeds that live the longest. Their typical lifespan is between 13 and 17 years old.
3. Coton de Tulear - 15 to 19 years
As their name suggests, the Coton de Tulear dogs look fluffy white, just like a cotton ball. These cute dogs have an average lifespan of around 15-19 years.
These thick white dogs are rarely sick and are healthy genetically. However, some health issues may include skin allergies, bacterial infections and ear infections if not cleaned thoroughly.
They are ancient dog breeds and share common ancestors with Maltese and Bichon Frise.
Their height is around 10 to 12 inches and weigh just around 8 to 13 pounds. These small sized lovely dogs require dedicated grooming and constant care. Their long furs can be messy around the eyes and many opt to clip it back with a cute bow.
They are also pretty rare due to small gene pool. So the price of the dog is really high. You can expect around $3000 for a pure Coton de Tulear puppy.
4. Lagotto Romagnolo - 15 to 17 years
This medium sized Lagotto Romagnolo is the only purebred dog specialized for truffle hunting.
Lagottos generally live from 15 to 17 years. They are 16-19 inches tall and weigh around 30 pounds.
Apart from their plush-toy looks, these dogs do not shed a lot. Perfect for a house dog, it is a very friendly and lovey-dovey dog that is open to new people as well as other dogs.
They are generally healthy and have minimal medical conditions genetically. They may experience arthritis and both hips and elbows are at risk for dysplasia as they mature.
Lagotto is also known for a specific deadly neurodisease called Lagotto Storage Disease (LSD). But breeding dogs affected by this disorder is not allowed; hence they are very rare. Overall they are healthy dogs with a much longer lifespan than any other dog breeds.
5. Tibetan Terrier - 15 to 16 years
Just like Biewer Terrier, Tibetan Terrier also have a longer lifespan. The dog breed is generally larger than the Biewers and live around 15 to 16 years on average.
Their height is around 14-16 inches and weigh 20-30 pounds. They have black, white, grey and brown colored long coat. It can be either wavy or straight double coated fur.
Some also call them Dokhi Apso or Tsang Apso. The longest-lived Tibetan terrier has lived 18.25 years. On in five Tibetan Terriers live more than 15 while others may die before 15. They are normally healthy dogs. But some of the health conditions related to joints and eyes do occur. They are susceptible to Hip dysplasia, luxating patella, lens luxation, heart murmurs, and cataracts.
6. Löwchen - 15 to 16 years
Löwchen is the German word for little lion. They are among the longest-living dogs, as they generally live up to 16 years.
They have been a famous pet among the Continental Europeans for over 500 years. They were bred originally as companion dogs and the former ladies carried them to the court during the past.
The even-tempered, affectionate, and gentle Lowchens are around 12-14 inches tall. Similarly, they weigh around 15 pounds. Some rare and minor health problems among the Löwchens include patellar luxations and blindness from eye diseases, especially progressive retinal atrophy.
Löwchens are also among the rare breeds of dogs in the USA.
7. Havanese - 14 to 16 years
Havanese have an average lifespan of 14-16 years old. Female Havanese live one or two years longer than male ones.
These dogs are small-sized, weighing just around 13 pounds, and their height is in the range of 9 to 12 inches.
Havanese is popular for being an extremely outgoing, funny, affectionate, and friendly dog. They are also very good with children and new people.
Despite having a long lifespan, they are prone to diseases like genetic hip dysplasia, which can be costly for surgery and repair. It can also lead to arthritis later in life. They also have luxating patellas, meaning the kneecaps can be easily knocked out of place.
Apart from these minor problems seen in almost every dog, Havanese are much healthier and fun-loving dogs.
8. Chihuahua - 14 to 16 years
Chihuahua are among the small dog breeds that live the longest. They have an average life expectancy of 14-16 years. However, given the right care, they can live up to 20 years.
They are just around 6 to 9 inches tall and weigh 4-5 pounds. With a small stature, short double coat and less shedding, they are the perfect in-house dogs. However, they are very active and need open space for exercise and playtime.
The leading cause of death for most chichuahuas is heart failure. They are mostly healthy with pretty minor health issues in their life.
Some may experience conditions like luxating patella and cataracts, hip dysplasia and hypoglycemia. They are also prone to periodontal disease so they need constant grooming and brushing.
Early detection goes a long way so any of these conditions can be identified and treated to increase the life span even more. With proper care, exercise and nutrition, Chihuahuas can live more than late teens.
9. Belgian Malinois - 14 to 16 years
Belgian Malinois are strong, well-muscled, and brave dogs, generally having an average lifespan of 14-16 years.
The average size of a Belgian Malinois is determined by its height of around 24 inches and weight of about 60 pounds.
Malinois were originally bred as herding dogs and are hardworking, intelligent, and confident in nature.
With the square-shaped face, pricked ears, and sharp look, these dogs may be confused with other herding dogs like German Shepherds, Lekenois, and American Alsatians. All of them have similar features, but Belgian is more friendly, lighter, and comparatively has less bite force.
Belgian Malinois are prone to diseases like hemangiosarcoma, luxating patella, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, and hip and elbow dysplasia.
10. Papillon - 14 to 16 years
The small and delicate breed of Papillons has an average life expectancy of 14 to 16 years. Papillons are cute companion dogs, best suited for families with small children.
Papillons are small, with a height of around 8 to 11 inches and a weight of about 7 to 9 pounds. So, they have been famous lap dogs and companions for centuries. They were also called Dwarf Spaniels or Continental Toy Spaniels in the past.
The main distinguishing characteristic of Papillon is its unique ear shape that resembles a butterfly. They have high trainability and eagerness to please.
Although they have a long lifespan, the leading cause of their death is heart failure. They have weakened heart valves as time passes by. Papillons are also prone to Von Willebrand's disease, Progressive retinal atrophy, Luxating patellas, and more.
Von Willebrand is a deficiency in blood platelet function resulting in excessive bleeding. These are some possible diseases. However, they do not have major medical concerns in their lifetime.
11. Bichon Frise - 14 to 15 years
Bichon Frise were formally known as Barbichon. These white little dogs can live up to 15 years which is considered a longer lifespan among small dog breeds.
The oldest Bichon Frise has lived up to 18 years and nine months in a UK family. The French breeders bred them as show dogs in 1930s after World War I.
Bichons do not treat anyone as strangers but rather as new friends they haven't met yet. Such friendly nature has made them a great companion.
They have playful, curious, and peppy temperaments. With a small stature of 10-12 inches tall and around 12-18 pounds of weight, these dogs are among the cutest.
Like other dogs, the Bichons die in old age from heart failure due to weakened valves or reproductive cancers. Otherwise, they are healthy their whole life. Some may experience minor health concerns relating to eyesight and kneecaps dislocation.
They are good with kids, affectionate and somewhat active playful dogs with little to no shedding.
12. Italian Greyhound - 14 to 15 years
Italian Greyhounds are miniature dogs famous in Italy since the 16th century. They have an average life expectancy of around 14-15 years.
Given proper care, nutrition, and exercise, Italian Greyhounds can easily live up to 18 years.
The elegant, slender, and small dogs are affectionate companion dogs. They are quite playful and energetic.
Italian Greyhounds live a healthy, happy, and long life with rare major health concerns. Having said that, just like all dogs, they may be prone to certain conditions like cataracts, luxating patellas, joint dysplasia, etc.
13. Chinese Crested - 13 to 18 years
Chinese Crested encounter very few health issues and have an average lifespan of around 13-18 years.
It is among the oldest breeds, so old that very little is known about its history. It is believed that they were used as the rat exterminator in Chinese ships traveling to Europe.
They are the friendly little lap dogs best for apartment-style homes. The main feature that distinguishes them from others is that they are hairless or have very little hair on their heads and paws. They also have weak teeth because of their genes.
The affectionate, alert, and lively Chinese Crested dogs are around 11-13 inches tall and weigh about 8-12 pounds.
Some rare diseases affecting their life expectancy can include neurological disorders like Canine Multiple System Degeneration and luxating patellas.
14. Shiba Inu - 13 to 16 years
You may have probably heard much about Shiba Inu dog breeds from Elon Musk's popular DogeCoin. These dogs are not just popular in the economic world; they are already a superstar among companion dogs.
The Japanese breed Shiba Inu live longer than 16 years. The average lifespan is around 13 to 16 years. They are cute brown, well-muscled dogs once used as hunter dogs.
The oldest Shiba Inu dog named Pusuke lived 26 years and 248 days. The faithful, playful, energetic, and friendly Shiba Inu is popular worldwide.
Apart from the non-life threatening diseases just like other dogs including eye problems and joints dysplasia, Shibas are quite healthy genetically. Hence with proper care and affection, their lifespan can range high up to 26 years.
15. German Spitz - 13 to 15 years
The low-maintenance and generally healthy dogs German Spitzes live longer than 15 years.
Despite having an average lifespan of around 13-15 years, they may still have some minor health problems like Patella Luxation and PRA.
They are medium-sized dogs with a height of around 12-15 inches and a weight of around 24-16 pounds.
They are devoted, lively and attentive dogs. They are equally beautiful with medium-long coat that comes in a variety of colors. Shades of black, white, cream, orange, sable, gold, blue or brown can be seen in German Spitzes.
In general, we believe that dogs do not have a longer lifespan and live only up to 10-12 years. But the above list of 15 dog breeds lives longer than 13 years. Some even get to live in their twenties. With enough care, love affection, nutrition, exercise and regular health checkups, owners can help these dogs live longer than their average lifespan.