Longest Living Dog Breeds

Sadly a dog’s life is usually shorter than a human’s life. We all would love to have our pups by our side for as long as we live, but mother nature hasn’t been so generous to our four-legged friends.

An average lifespan of a dog is 10-12 years, but some breeds are luckier than others. Here’s a list of 7 common dog breeds whose life expectancy is over 15 years.



The smallest dog breed is one of the luckiest when it comes to life expectancy. Official figures suggest that chihuahuas live an average of 15 to 20 years.

Yorkshire Terrier


Another popular toy breed that makes wonderful companions, yorkies are usually by their owners for up to 16 years.

Jack Russell Terrier

jack russel terrier

One of the most popular breeds in the UK, Jack Russel Terries is a favourite dog for so many Brits. The breed has a reputation for being healthy with a long lifespan. Breeders have protected the gene pool, and direct in-line breeding has been prevented so Jack Russells can live up to 16 years given proper care.



They rarely suffer from genetic diseases and have amazing personality which makes them such a popular breed. They easily live up around 13.5 years and most of them are expected to live up to 15 years.



High-spirited and independent, if your dachshund is not suffering from Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), he can live up to 16 years.

Border Collie

Border Collie

One of the few medium size breeds who live over 15 years. Many border collies are known to live up to 17 years. This dog was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience, and as a working dog his health is generally good.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

The average life span of Shih Tzu is 12 years, but if you’re lucky and take good care of yours, it could live up to 16 years old. Shih Tzu have a number of respiratory problems related to the shape of their face and head.