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Dog Breeds with Long Lifespans

There's one thing we know: if we could guarantee our dogs would live forever, we would. Unfortunately, that's not possible. But if you're looking for a furry best friend, here are some breeds that have longer lifespans than most, giving you the possibility of even more happy years with them.


This tiny pup comes with a big lifespan! As a breed, chihuahuas have no major genetic illnesses associated with them. This helps them have a lifespan of about 15 - 17 years

Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers

Terriers are known for their ability to hunt, but they also have an ability to stay around for just a bit longer! Specifically, the smooth fox terrier and wire fox terrier are breeds that can live anywhere from 12 to 15 years. 


Dachshunds (aka weiner dogs) are a favorite in our households. They're spunky, tiny, and full of personality. They are also full of life, living an average lifespan of 12 to 16 years

Australian Shepherds

Australian shepherds are unique, full of energy, and ready to take on life with you! These pups were raised to be working dogs, but will also be your faithful companion for anywhere from 12 to 15 years

Shih Tzus

These pups began as popular dogs in China, but Shih Tzus have since found a popular place in American households. These toy-sized pups don't have any major genetic defects in their line, and live a wide range of between 10 and 18 years.  


Of course, we can't forget about mutts! Adopting a mixed-breed dog (if you know their medical history) often means that you're bringing home a pup with a longer lifespan. Because mixed breeds have more than one breed in their blood, they are less likely to adopt medical issues that purebred pups have.

No matter how long your dog is in your life, just know that they'll always be happy by your side!

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