When your pooch is your best friend, you want him to live as long as possible. Most breeds live between 8 and 15 years, with smaller dogs generally living longer than larger breeds. To research this topic I used Animal Planet data, and found the top 15 purebreds that are notorious for living long lives (between 15 and 19 years).
As a side note, the longest-living dog on record was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey. Bluey lived an amazing 29 years and 5 months before being put to sleep, according to Guinness World Records. Bluey was an exception to the rule, as Australian Cattle Dogs are not known for being particularly long lived.
Top 15 Longest Living Dog Breeds:
15. Toy Manchester Terrier: Average Life Expectancy: 15 Years
- The toy Manchester terrier will only reach a maximum of 12 inches and eight pounds, but the breed can live up to 15 years. Its short black and tan coat sheds minimally and is easy to maintain.
14. Jack Russell Terrier: Average Life Expectancy: 15 Years
- Jack Russell terriers are little dogs with huge personalities. The breed is best for experienced dog owners, as they can be difficult to train.
13. Coton de Tuléar: Average Life Expectancy: 15 Years
- Don’t let this fluffy dog scare you away if you are a clean freak — the Coton de Tuléar sheds minimally. This pooch is a happy and loving breed that is also easy to train.
12. Volpino Italiano: Average Life Expectancy: 15 Years
- This Italian purebred stands between 11 and 12 inches tall and is known for its playfulness. The Volpino Italiano’s long, thick coat is commonly either red or white and requires a moderate amount of grooming.
11. Alopekis: Average Life Expectancy: 15 Years
- Alopekis are small purebred pups that are commonly used for guarding and herding. Don’t let its small size fool you: This breed is a great guard dog due to its protective nature.
10. Mountain Cur: Average Life Expectancy: 15 Years
- The Mountain Cur is a wonderful choice for a guard dog since it will fearlessly protect its owner when an aggressor is present. The breed is known for being intelligent and protective.
9. Chihuahua: Average Life Expectancy: 16 Years
- The Chihuahua is a one of the most common dog breeds, ranking No. 24 in popularity. The breed is difficult to train and not the best option for families with children.
8. Manchester Terrier: Average Life Expectancy: 16 Years
- Manchester terriers are a quiet and loyal breed. The breed does not handle cold weather well, however.
7. Pyrenean Shepherd: Average Life Expectancy: 16 Years
- Pyrenean shepherds are more popular in France and Spain. The breed rarely barks and is playful and affectionate toward children.
6. Teddy Roosevelt Terrier: Average Life Expectancy: 16 Years
- The Teddy Roosevelt terrier is cheerful and energetic, like most terriers. However, unlike its terrier cousins, this breed can be more laid-back at times.
5. Lagotto Romagnolo: Average Life Expectancy: 16 Years
- The Lagotto Romagnolo is unique in appearance and is commonly used for a large variety of activities, such as agility, jogging, obedience, police work, retrieving, search and rescue, and tracking.
4. Xoloitzcuintli: Average Life Expectancy: 17 Years
- The Xoloitzcuintli, more commonly known as the "Mexican hairless," is known for its protective and loyal qualities. Due to the breed’s lack of hair, it requires little maintenance and is a good choice for owners with allergies
3. Portuguese Podengo Pequeno: Average Life Expectancy: 18 Years
- This active Portuguese dog is a good choice for owners in need of a herding or hunting dog. This small purebred is known to be lively and intelligent.
2. Silken Windhound: Average Life Expectancy: 19 Years
- The Silken Windhound is gorgeous in appearance with its long and silky coat. The breed is not a good watchdog, but it is loving around children.
1. Rat Terrier #1: Average Life Expectancy: 19 Years
- Rat terriers are easy to train and enjoy participating in a wide variety of activities. The breed's active and energetic personality makes it a great fit for guarding, guiding, herding, hunting, jogging and lure coursing.