Longest Living Dog Breeds

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Chihuahuas live long. Some live 18–20 years after 15 years. Small dogs need exercise, mental stimulation, and training.


Over-15-year-old dachshunds are common. Chanel, the oldest dachshund, set a Guinness World Record. 21-year-old she died in 2009.

Toy Poodle

Toy poodles often live 16–18 years. The breed is prone to orthopaedic, ocular, and severe dental issues.

Shih Tzu

Shih tzus are versatile and friendly. These dogs need daily walks and playtime. Brush or clip their lengthy coats daily.

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Maltese dogs live up to 15 years and are generally healthy. These dogs need companionship and training to avoid separation anxiety.

Yorkshire Terrier

A well-cared-for Yorkie can live 13–15 years, with annual dental cleanings from a vet.


They can be feisty, but continuous training can make them ideal family companions that live 14–16 years.

Shiba Inu

The medium-sized shiba inu can live 14–16 years. Strong-willed and aloof, these dogs aren't for everyone.


Beagles can live up to 15 years. These medium-sized dogs are nice with children, other dogs, even cat-friendly cats.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise adores everyone. For allergy sufferers, their curly coat is hypoallergenic and seldom sheds. They can live 15 years.

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