The toughest part about being a dog owner is having to say goodbye, especially when your dog has brought such love and companionship into your home. Dogs usually have an average lifespan of around 10 to 13 years. As with any animal, a good quality diet and lifestyle can prolong their life.
Here at The Pet Embassy, we have compiled our list of longest living dogs.
Please note that like any breed round up, all the following choices are subjective and are far from being exhaustive. We know there are many other wonderful dog breeds that could have made the list and the list is in no particular order!
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If you have a dog whose breed appears on our “Top 10 Longest Living Dog Breeds to Fill Your Home With Love” list or if you think your dog breed should have been on here, please let us know in the comments section below!
The Pet Embassy’s “Top 10 Longest Living Dog Breeds to Fill Your Home With Love”
Temperament: Friendly, Gentle and Intelligent
The Maltese dog breed has an interesting history, their breed can be traced back into ancient times. This small charming dog breed was immortalised by many ancient civilisations in Greece, Italy and Egypt. They were even mentioned by a famous Greek philosopher called Aristotle!
Maltese are very people orientated due to their long history as a companion dog. The Maltese is one of the least active dog breeds in the world, however, they are very intelligent and really easy to train. They thoroughly enjoy pleasing their owners. The Shih Tzu responds well to lots of positive reinforcement, after all, how can you not be positive and happy around such a lovely dog breed.
Their love and affection combined with their gentle temperament, making the Shih Tzu one of the best dog breeds for seniors.
The Maltese doesn’t require the space that some larger dogs do and the fact they are a relatively lazy dog means they are a great dog breed for apartments.
The Maltese is prone to getting the chills, especially if they are damp or walking in a cold environment. A nice warm coat is recommended if you live in colder climates.
In addition, the Maltese has a hypoallergenic coat. They are one of our favorite small hypoallergenic dog breeds.
Temperament: Caring, Curious and Energetic
The Beagle is one of the most loyal dog breeds in the world. The Beagle is a loving dog breed that want to please their owner making them one of the best family dogs. Their loving nature means that they find it easy to bond with everyone in the family and consider them pack members. The Beagle is a great dog breeds for kids and families.
Beagles are a playful breed and their sturdy, compact frame allows them to be one of the best dogs for kids and families, and they can play without fear of injury to both themselves or the children.
Due to the Beagles small size they require less upkeep then some of the bigger dogs. They can be happy in a flat as long as they are walked regularly. A back garden would be preferable, but be aware, a Beagle may wander off when it is following its nose so it is much safer if there is a fence!
The Beagle’s short coat requires regular bathing and daily brushing. Naturally, other care includes a balanced diet and regular exercise to prevent obesity. The Beagle is one of the longest living dog breeds, living up to 12-15 years.
In addition, Beagles are one of our favourite medium dog breeds.
Jack Russell Terrier
Temperament: Athletic, Fearless and Vocal
Bred in England around 150-200 years ago to hunt foxes, the Jack Russell is an intelligent and one of the most energetic dog breeds. Like most other terriers, they are exceptional diggers so they may look to excavate your garden, so proper training is advised! Jack Russell Terriers must have a securely fenced yard to give them room to play and burn off their abundant energy.
As the Jack Russell is one of the most active dog breeds, we recommend long walks everyday combined with several games in the yard or in the park. They are bouncy little dogs who are capable of jumping higher than 5 feet! Don’t let their small size fool you, the Jack Russell Terrier is ready for any adventure with their master!
The Jack Russell Terrier is a dog breed which burns lots of energy and because of this one may have reason to believe that they have short lives, however, Jack Russell Terriers often live for 13 to 16 years, which makes them one of the longest living dog breeds.
Jack Russells can suffer from eye and ear problems in their old age, so be sure to work closely with your vet as the birthdays tick by. This will give you the best chance of treating these problems before they get bad.
Temperament: Alert, Courageous and Lively.
Chihuahuas are an entertaining and expressive little dog breed. The Chihuahua is absolutely brimming with confidence. Their personality makes them an adorable companion and they can really brighten up the mood in any home. Chihuahuas are one of the most loyal dog breeds around, so much so they are often described as “Clingy”; that’s how loyal this breed is in general! Their loyalty and personalities is just one of the reasons they are one of our favorite small dog breeds!
Due to their small size and expressive personality, chihuahuas don’t require the long walks that other dog breeds do, which makes them one of our least active dog breeds, they are equally as happy in a flat as they are in a massive yard, as long as they get as much attention as possible, which makes them one of the best dog breeds for apartments.
However, their small size means they can quite easily be injured when playing so it is best to avoid having them play with children or larger dogs if possible. Another positive of their size is that they are very easy to maintain and need regular brushing.
The Chihuahua can live up to 20 years old! In general, Chihuahuas live to be around 12 to 14 years. Chihuahuas are one of the oldest living dog breeds on the planet. Chihuahua do suffer from some of the same dental problems that other long-lived species, so make sure you keep their teeth in good health.
Australian Cattle Dog
Temperament: Brave, Obedient and Protective.
Australian Cattle Dogs are a hard working dog breed and they are one of the most intelligent dog breed. They were originally bred by Australian settlers to handle herds of cattle on vast ranches and they are still used to this day. The Australian Cattle dog is known as a “shadow dog” as they show deep loyalty to their owners. The Australian Cattle dog is an extremely protective breed and will go above and beyond for their family. The Australian Cattle dog will run around for hours without tiring, making them one of the most energetic dog breeds in the world.
The Australian Cattle dog are one of the most energetic dog breeds so they can get easily bored if they are not given ample exercise combined with mental stimulation. The Australian Cattle dog needs a regular job or activity to keep them busy and out of trouble! They excel at most dog sports and have a tendency to enjoy learning different tricks and solving puzzles!
The Australian Cattle Dog is one of the longest living dog breeds. They have bags of energy to burn and they will be running around in your lives for up to to 16 years!
Also, the Australian Cattle dog is one of our favorite herding dog breeds in the world!
Temperament: Funny, Mischievous and Tough
More than 1000 years ago, these chinese “lion dogs” were the stuff of royalty. However, despite their proud lineage, they are a cheeky and mischievous companion that will offer you hours of entertainment to you and your family, which is why they are one of our favourite small dog breeds.
Shih Tzus are a dog breed that loves everyone they meet and will happily be introduced to strangers as long as they get their attention! They are an easy going breed, which makes them a one of the best dog breeds for seniors. Shih Tzus are of the least active dog breeds that are equally happy resting on your lap, but, like all dogs enjoy running around in a park. Shih Tzus are known to be difficult to housebreak so they will need lots of training early on to ensure your house is clean!
The Shih Tzu is a lazy dog that does not require the levels of exercise as some larger dog breeds. They are very happy lying on the sofa with their favorite person, therefore, they are one of the best dog breeds for apartments.
The Shih Tzu is a tough dog and they do not tolerate much. They are not the best around children and may snap if their patience is wearing thin!
They can live up to 15 years or older, which makes them one of the longest living dog breeds in the world. Please make sure that you constantly keep their fur in check and take them to get groomed often!
In addition, the Shih Tzu is one of our favorite small hypoallergenic dog breeds, so you can cuddle for hours without having to worry about allergies!
Temperament: Bold, Confident and Courageous
Like the Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terriers make up for what they lack in size in personality. Yorkshire Terriers are a family dog and they make great companions for first-time dog owners, although they are mischievous, they provide you with the love and companionship you need. They have a moderate amount of energy and only need basic exercise, which makes the Yorkshire Terrier one of the best dog breeds for apartments as well as one of the best dog breeds for beginners. They sometimes forget that they are such a small dog and are willing to take on any challenge!
Yorkshire Terriers are one of the most loyal dog breeds to their owners and they are an intelligent dog breed as well as a great companion on any adventure. All these traits make them one of our favorite small dogs!
Yorkshire Terriers long hair means that some grooming is essential. The Yorkshire Terrier’s coat needs to be combed or brushed regularly and they need to wash after one of their adventures as the dirt can easily get trapped within the hairs! The Yorkshire Terrier is one of our favorite small hypoallergenic dog breeds. An important point to note is that the hair on the top of the head gets very long, so many owners pull the hair back into a distinctive ponytail to keep the hair out of the dogs face!
Temperament: Active, Instinctual and Intelligent
The Poodle is a well-known and versatile breed that can come in miniature, toy or standard size. Poodles are one of the most active dog breeds as well as a family dog that responds well to training and are able to thrive in a number of households, they are one of the best dog breeds for kids and families.
The Poodle is one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. Their intelligence, playful nature and the fact that they are one of the most energetic dog breeds means that obedience training is essential in keeping your Poodle mentally and physically stimulated. In addition, they also should be taken for exercise daily and they enjoy and excel at dog games due to their intelligent nature. The Poodle is one of our favorite medium dog breeds.
The Poodle is one of the longest living dog breeds and they can live for about 12 to 15 years, but note that toy and miniature varieties usually outlast standard poodles. All variations of the Poodle are amongst the longest living dog breeds.
Poodles are hypoallergenic and the Toy Poodle features on our favorite small hypoallergenic dog breeds.
Temperament: Alert, Energetic and Friendly
Don’t let this small frame fool you. The Papillon is a sturdy little dog that enjoys a moderately active lifestyle. They are a happy and friendly dog breed that will thrive in a variety of households, making the Papillon one of the best dog breeds for kids and families. The Papillion is one of the most intelligent dog breeds as well as being outgoing and energetic dog breed that loves to be with people and give kisses to anyone who comes close enough, therefore, they are great dog breed for kids and families.
Their energy level and their desire to please makes them an easy dog to train and a great companion to your children and your family. However, Papillons can become a bit stubborn if they are allowed to show that behaviour early in their development, therefore, early training is recommended.
While their high energy level and inquisitive nature means they need a lot of exercise, they can amuse themselves with balls and other toys easily. Despite their fluffy coat, they have minimal shedding.
The Papillon is one of the longest living dog breeds. Papillons live up to 15 years old, although some are known to have lived for 18 years. Unfortunately, and despite their relatively long lifespans, Papillons are vulnerable to a number of different health problems, so be sure to work closely with your vet as your Papillon ages.
Temperament: Cute, Extroverted and Intelligent
Pomeranians are the definition of cute. Their large eyes on their tiny faces surrounded by their puffy fur make them exceptional show dogs. Pomeranians are alert and curious about the world around them and they sometimes forget their size! Pomeranians have a loud bark and make excellent watchdogs. Their looks and their personality are just some of the reasons as to why they are one of favorite small dog breeds.
Pomeranians are not an overly dependent dog breed therefore make an excellent choice for older people or those who are busy most of the day. They are one of our least active dog breeds in the world but like all dogs they do enjoy going for walks, which makes the Pomeranian one of the best dog breeds for apartments. In addition, they are also one of the best dog breeds for seniors.
Fortunately, their coat is not as high-maintenance as it looks. Regular brushing and daily exercise is all you need to keep your Pomeranian happy. They are highly adaptable and once socialised can live in harmony with other pets.
Pomeranians typically live about 12 to 16 years, which makes them one of the longest living dog breeds. Pomeranians aren’t especially susceptible to many illnesses aside from luxating patellas (knee caps that have shifted out of place), so just be sure give your Pomeranian a good diet and take them for plenty of exercise.
In addition, Pomeranians are one of the best dog breeds for beginners and first time dog owners.
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