Nothing is more painful for dog parents than to see their pets pass away. Like if you could, you would give up everything you have if it meant more time with them. Sad thing is, you have no control over how long your dog will live. You can take care of them as much as you can, provide them with everything they need, and keep them away from any kind of harm. But still, there are breeds that are just meant to go before us. If you want to save yourself from early heartbreak, the best option is to get a dog that has a long lifespan.
12 Dog Breeds with the Longest Lifespans
There are things you can do to help your dog live longer—make sure they get enough exercise, introduce a healthy diet, follow proper hygiene and grooming tips, and pay the vet a visit regularly. However, it can’t be denied that there are other factors that contribute to a dog’s lifespan aside from how they are taken care of—particularly their breed. But there are canines that are destined to stay with us for as long as two decades.
With these twelve dog breeds, you can trust that your furry pet will live with you longer. They’re probably even going to witness you have your own family and bear kids.
12. Beagle, 12–15 years
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The oldest beagle to ever live was named Butch, who died at the senior age of 27 in 2009. Although Beagles’ maximum lifespan is 15 years, they can outlive that, if given proper care.
11. Havanese, 13–15 years
Havanese are not prone to many genetic health disorders, which helps them live a maximum of 15 years.
10. Australian shepherd, 13–15 years
Simply known as Aussies, Australian shepherds actually did not originate from the land down under but in the United States. Aussies are known to have good genes, making them one of the dog breeds with the longest lifespans.
9. Yorkshire terrier, 13–16 years
Yorkies are small breeds of the terrier family that grow a maximum size of 7 pounds only. Their kind is also one of the best companion dogs as they can live up to 16 years.
8. Shih tzu, 10–16 years
Shih tzus, just like any small breeds, suffer from many health ailments. But with proper dog care, they can live a record 16 years.
7. Cockapoo, 14–18 years
Cockapoos are prone to suffer from luxating patella, a problem of the knee joint. Despite that, they tend to live up to 18 years, longer than other small dog breeds.
6. Lhasa apso, 12–14 years
The Lhasa apsos are non-sporting dog breeds that were trained to become interior sentinels in Buddhist religious houses in case of trespassers. Their superb genetics allowed these breeds to live for as long as 14 years.
5. Jack Russell terrier, 13–16 years
Another terrier breed to make the list is the Jack Russell terrier. This breed has inherited numerous health issues including eye diseases and deafness. But they can live up to 16 years with responsible rearing.
4. Toy poodle, 12–15 years
Toy poodles are the smallest of the poodle breed. Although the tiniest, they have the longest lifespan and they can live up to 15 years.
3. Ratshi terrier, 15–18 years
Inheriting the quite amazing genes of the terrier breed, Rashi terriers, or simply Rats, can live up to 18 years. But if you give them the proper care, experts say you can extend the lifespan of your Rat to over 25 years.
2. Chihuahua, 12–20 years
Chihuahuas are not only the smallest, they are also one of the dog breeds with the longest lifespans. These comical, entertaining, and loyal little dogs can live up to 20 years.
1. New Guinea singing dog, 15–20 years
New Guinea singing dogs are not very adaptable, rendering them inappropriate for certain homes and owners. They have a natural instinct that fits the wild, the same reason why they can outlive other dog breeds, having a lifespan of 15 to 20 years.
A dog’s genetic makeup, however, should not make you complacent as dog parents. Although they tend to live longer than others, they still deserve to be pampered with care, attention, and love.
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