Longest living dog breeds

Longest living Dog Breeds

Given the chance, all pet parents would love to have their four-legged friends live with them forever of course. That can’t happen for sure, since every living thing die at some point including humans. Regardless, there are dog breeds that tend to outlive the others. Health conditions and the amount of care given to your pooch also has their part to play, it has been revealed by researches that smaller breeds live the longest. Thinking of welcoming a new member to the family? Not just any member but one with longer lifespan? Here is a list to help you pick your next life companion:

Yorkshire Terrier

A miniature breed with a rather great personality, the Yorkshire Terriers are one of the most popular breeds. They have a small and delicate body frame which makes them a favorite of many. The Yorkshire Terrier is energetic, inquisitive, and brave. They are prone to Legg-Calve-Perthes and patellar luxation disease. They live an average of 17-20 years.


Considered as one of the smallest and one of the longest living breeds, the Chihuahua isn’t prone to any serious genetic diseases. However, because of their small size they can be prone to quite a few health conditions like patellar luxation and some heart problems. They are very small but can be somewhat fierce at the same time. Chihuahuas are often attached to just one person and are not that great in a family with children. Chihuahuas do not need too much exercise. Weigh no more than 6 or 7 pounds and with proper care, these dog breeds can live an average of 15 to 20 years.


The Dachshunds was originally bred as a hunting dog. Generally, they weigh between 16 to 32 pounds either standard or miniature. Dachshunds are not easy to train so you'll have to be patient and consistent with them during training. They are also playful but can be somewhat stubborn and aggressive to outsiders.

As long as they are free from any serious health condition, these stubborn dogs can live long. Prone to back problems because of their long back, however, a well-cared for Dachshund will live between 12 to 15 years.


Gentle and affectionate little breed, the Maltese will require your attention as they love staying around their people. An ancient breed that hails from the Mediterranean island of Malta, you’ll think this dog is timid due to its small size, but not the Maltese. They are surprisingly fearless and lively for their size. They are friendly and make great therapy dogs. The Maltese shed very less, weigh up to 7 pounds, and can live an average of 12 to 15 years. This breed are known to suffer from few serious genetic illnesses.


The Pomeranians are small dogs and are considered the smallest member of the Spitz family weighing between 3 to 7 pounds. They make great companion dogs for individuals or family without children but are not the best match for families with kids. They will require daily walks and stimulating activities. The Pomeranian dog breeds can live an average of 12 to 16 years.  This breed is also known to suffer from few health illnesses including shoulder luxation and hypoglycemia.


Irrespective of the dog breed, regular exercises, physical, and emotional health also count. So make sure they get plenty of those. Tell us which ones we’ve missed and click here to discover our tiny dog accessories !