Top 9 Breeds of Dogs with the Longest Lifespans


Maltese pups usually live up to 15 years, with females typically living a year longer than males. They are also relatively healthy, with few serious genetic diseases.


Butch, who was from Virginia, was the oldest known Beagle to date. He lived to a ripe old age of 27, before passing away in 2009. On average, Beagles can live up to 15 years.

Australian Shepherd

Aussies are renowned for their impressive herding skills, intelligence, and boundless energy - they are also one of the bigger dogs on the list. On average, they have a lifespan of 15 years.

Shih Tzu

The Chinese Lion Dogs, which were once beloved companions of the Ming Dynasty, now have a long life expectancy as domestic animals throughout the world, living for about 15 years on average.

Lhasa Apso

The oldest Lhasa apso lived to be 29 and died in 1939. Known for their suspiciousness of strangers, they make good indoor watch dogs. Average lifespan: 15 years.


A hybrid of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle, this breed typically lives 16 years.

Jack Russell Terrier

The average lifespan of these pups is 16 years, which could be attributed to their high energy levels.

Toy Poodle

Toy poodles are the smallest of the poodle family and have the longest lifespan - an average of 16 years.


The world's smallest breed, they also have one of the longest life spans, due to a lack of serious genetic illnesses. Average lifespan: 17 years.

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