10 Dog Breeds That Live the Longest

When picking out the perfect dog, lifespan doesn't really cross our minds. Whether we're adopting, buying from a breeder, or somewhere in between, we usually pick our dogs on how much they need us, and their behavior. However, based on research, there are some dog breeds that are just known to live longer than others on average. Here are the top ten, according to Cesar's Way.

10. Australian Shepherd

This herding breed is known for more than just their high energy and cuteness, but also their lifespan. On average, Australian Shepherds live until 15.

9. Beagle

Beagles are great family dogs, and one of the reasons why is their long lifespan. The longest living Beagle passed away at the age of 27 in 2009! On average, they live until 15.

8. Maltese

Known for their good health, Maltese females actually live longer than the males. But on average, their lifespan is 15 years.

7. Shih Tzu

The little and precious Shih Tzu, other wise known as the Chrysanthemum Dog, live very long lives. On average, their lifespan is 15 years.

6. Lhasa Apso

These long-haired cuties from Tibet are not just super cute, but they also live very long lives. The longest living Lhasa Apso lived until 29, and passed away in 1939. On average, the breed has a lifespan of 15 years. 

5. Cockapoo

Believe it or not, the mixed breed Cockapoo, between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle, generally have a very long lifespan. Probably from the Poodle side, this hybrid breed comes in at an average of 16 years.

4. Toy Poodle

Poodles generally are known to live long lives, but the smallest of the bunch, the Toy Poodle, has the longest span. The average lifespan is 16 years.​

3. Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers are tiny and full of energy. This might be what keeps them going so long, as the breed has the average lifespan of 16 years.

2. Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are often divisive breeds, as some dislike their small size and loud bark, while others find them adorable and great companions. Whichever side you fall on, they come in #2 in longest lifespans at 17 years on average.

1. New Guinea Singing Dog

​If you've never heard of the New Guinea Singing Dog, don't worry. You're not alone here. This breed is actually the rarest of them all, originating from New Guinea. The reason for their name is because they're known for their song-like howl. Their average lifespan is 18 years.

There are always exceptions to these averages, as we know dogs can live well over 18. If you've had a dog live longer than this, you should consider yourself lucky, however, as it's not as common as you'd think.