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5 Dog Breeds with Long Lifespans

When one compares the average longevity of a dog to a human, the results are disheartening. Dogs go from puppy-hood to the golden years in the blink of an eye it seems. Nevertheless, there are some breeds which have characteristically longer lives than other kinds of dogs out there.

Note: There are many more dog breeds with long lifespans than what appears on this list. This is just a sample of some of those breeds.

Toy Poodle

These small dogs are intelligent, energetic animals eager to please their owners and perform tricks. The Poodle – whether Standard, Medium, Miniature, or Toy size – possesses an uncommonly high lifespan for dogs. Although  available statistics vary to some degree, a Toy Poodle’s average life expectancy is about 14 years old. Lady is the oldest poodle on record, having reached a staggering age of 28 years in the early 20th century.

Miniature Dachshund

These cute and charming dogs are bred in different sizes, similar to the aforementioned Poodle breed. Standard, Miniature and Rabbit are the kinds of Dachshunds in the world today. Affectionately nicknamed the “wiener-dog,” Dachshunds are a loving breed that – although prone to back and spine issues – live a long time. Again, the median estimates vary, but Miniatures on average live to be 14 years old.

Bedlington Terrier

Bedlingtons are named after the town of Bedlington, England, where the breed first developed in the late 18th century. Calm, quiet, and jolly, they make excellent pets for families and single owners alike. When it comes to their health, they are fairly resilient pooches. In fact, old age is one of the leading causes of death for the breed, which also average out to be about 14 years old. Bedlingtons can and have lived to be much older in some cases though.


Members of the Sighthound family, Whippets bear remarkable physical similarities to Greyhounds. Their gentle, good-natured demeanor makes them a natural favorite for many pet owners. They also possess uncanny speed and agility, often being employed in dog shows and races as a result. Although a wider age range attributed to the breed places them between 12-15 years of life, 13 years is usually their average lifespan.

Border Terrier

Weighing between 11-14 pounds when full grown, Border Terriers are little dogs packed with big hearts. They are observant, friendly and at times stubborn pooches. For a small dog that gets along swimmingly with children, they are a worthwhile choice. Their median age also hovers around 14 years, with limited cases of them outliving this mark significantly.

Size of Breeds

WebMD asserts that upwards of 40% of small breeds live to be 10 years or older, while only 13% of large breeds account for the same longevity. Put simply, smaller breeds typically face less medical complications and health problems early in life. It is not so much a dog’s height or length that is the determining factor for size, but rather its weight.

A healthy diet and regular exercise are essential for improving a dog’s odds for living a long life. Attentiveness to illness and disease, as well general attention and love for your pet is imperative in order to help them live out a long, fulfilling life.

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6 Responses to 5 Dog Breeds with Long Lifespans

  1. Rod Arnold says:

    I have a Havanese and its not on your list of dogs with long life spans.
    I cant understand why you would send out such a letter. This information is for someone who’s looking for a dog. I’m sad to hear my little Rose won’t live as long.

    • Stacy says:

      Hi Rod,
      There are many dog breeds including Havanese with long expected life spans. This blog post was meant to be light and interesting reading to spotlight just a few of the many breeds that live longer.

  2. Deanna Jimosse says:

    Have you ever done a blog on cat breeds which have generally shown a longer life expectancy? Seems to me Siamese fall into the longer life category. I had a female Siamese for 18 1/2 yrs. Though she was in kidney failure I was able to keep her life quality up for the final year and a half with daily fluid injections when I finally made the decision to let her go. In that time I also discovered cats are subject to dementia; I would swear she had Alzheimer’s.

  3. Erika says:

    I have a yorki poo, are they on the list of a long life span. And do they have any health issues I should worry about?

  4. Laura says:

    I had a Chihuahua for 13 years but, he unfortnately passed away from kidney failure. I now have another Chi and she 3 months shy of 2 years old and is in fantastic health. I believe Chihuahuas should also be on the “long lifespan” listing.

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