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Beyond Dog Years: 10 Breeds That Defy Aging with Longevity

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On average, the longest-living dog breeds average 14-15 years. However, some breeds exceed that. Smaller dogs and dogs with longer snouts tend to live the longest. Here are 10 dog breeds with the most longevity.

10. Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniels
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In terms of “average” lifespans, Tibetan Spaniels are considered the second-longest -living at 15.2 years. They are intelligent, playful, and confident. These spaniels reach a maximum height of 10 inches and weigh between 9-15 pounds. They are affectionate with family and young children. Tibetan Spaniels live between 12 and 15.2 years.

9. Lancashire Heeler

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Based on “average” lifespans, Lancashire Heelers are considered the longest-living dogs at 15.4 years. They reach 10-12 inches in height and weigh between 9 and 17 pounds. They get along well with family, young children, and other dogs. Lancashire Heelers are vocal, alert, energetic, and always ready for a walk. Lancashire Heelers live between 12 to 15.4 years.

8. Pomeranian


A whole lot of spunk in a fluffy ball is an apt description for Pomeranians. They are affectionate with family, but take time to warm up to young children and other dogs. Poms are easy to train and will entertain you with their antics. They are vocal and make good watchdogs. Pomeranians live between 12 to 16 years.

7. Shiba Inu 

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With a face somewhat like a fox, the Shiba Inu has become extremely popular recently. They are alert, active, and intelligent dogs. Shiba Inus are affectionate with family but can take time to warm up to young children and other dogs. They are very protective. Shiba Inu live between 13 and 16 years.

6. Papillon

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The word Papillon is French for “butterfly.” Their name derives from their ears which look like a butterfly’s wings. These dogs have energy and athleticism, are generally healthy, and are adaptable to all climates. These pups are affectionate, good with young children, and super eager to please their owners. Papillons live between 14 and 16 years.

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5. Chihuahua


Originating in Mexico, Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed in the world. They are alert, lively, and spunky dogs that love their families but can be wary of strangers. Chihuahua’s long life can be attributed to their being one of the healthiest dog breeds. Chihuahuas live between 14 to 16 years

4. Shih Tzu

Panning Shot of a Running Shih Tzu
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Shih Tzus are affectionate, gentle, and outgoing companions. They enjoy play and are equally happy in their owner’s lap. Although most breeds with a squished brachycephalic face tend to have shorter lifespans, Shih Tzus are an exception. However, they do still have issues with breathing and overheating. Shih Tzus live between 10 and 18 years.

3. Toy poodle

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The Toy Poodle is the smallest of the three poodle sizes and, therefore, has the longest lifespan of the breed. They are highly intelligent, making them super easy to train. Because of their long lifespan, these pint-sized pups can eventually have some health issues. Toy Poodles live between 10 and 18 years.

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2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are perfect for family, as they are affectionate with everyone, including getting along with other dogs. They may be small, but they have the athleticism of a sporting spaniel. They do equally well with active owners or homebodies. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels live between 12 to 18 years.

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1. Chinese Crested 

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The Chinese Crested dog is one of the most unique-looking dog breeds because they are nearly completely hairless. However, some have silky locks on their heads, ears, tails, and paws. They do need protection from the sun and elements. Chinese Crested live between 13 to 18 years, and some have reached their 20s.

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