The 25 Dog Breeds With Longest Life Spans

We may not want to think about it, but all pet parents have to say goodbye to their beloved dogs one day. And while they are sure to be deeply loved no matter how long they are in your life, some will stay longer than others.

Every responsible owner wants the best for their dog and should therefore do everything in their power to keep their dog healthy and happy into old age. Dogs need a nutritious diet, plenty of exercise, and access to veterinary care.

Although every dog ​​is different and basic conditions or lifestyle can affect their health, some breeds are healthier than others and less prone to health conditions that can shorten their average lifespan.

Below, Newsweek uses data from the American Kennel Club, PetMD, and Dr. Kelly M. Cassidy set up the Dogs Longevity website to find out which breeds have the longest average lifespan.

Jack Russell and Parson Russell Terriers

Russell terriers are alert and lively and tend to be “happy, healthy little dogs,” according to the Kennel Club. They live to be 14 years old on average.

Jack Russell Terriers seen on a hay bed are generally healthy dogs.
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Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso dogs are smart and confident, and as a breed, are generally tough and healthy. These dogs are likely to be around 14 years old.

Lhasa Apso
A Lhasa Apsos at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England for the Crufts Dog Show on March 10, 2018. Lhasa Apsos have an average lifespan of 14
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Miniature dachshund

Miniature Dachshunds are friendly and lively. They have an average lifespan of 14 years as long as they are kept healthy and happy.

Miniature dachshund
A Miniature Dachshund in Victoria Tower Gardens, London, on October 25, 2012. Miniature Dachshunds live an average of 14 years old.
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Miniature poodle

Miniature poodles are smart and proud. They can generally be any age from 10 to 18 years old.

Miniature poodle
Miniature Poodles in Tokyo on April 3, 2010. The breed can live to be 14 years on average.
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Bearded collie

The American Kennel Club describes the Bearded Collie as a “stocky” breed that generally lives until the age of 12-14. These dogs are intelligent and charismatic.

Bearded collie
The American Kennel Club describes the Bearded Collie as a “stocky” breed that generally lives until the age of 12-14.
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Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgis are loving and intelligent dogs who are generally healthy and have an average life expectancy of 13.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi
A corgi on the Santa Anita Horse Racetrack in Arcadia, California on May 26, 2019. Cardigan Welsh Corgis have an average life expectancy of 13
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dachshund

According to the American Kennel Club, Dachshunds live 12 to 16 years. PetMD says they have an average lifespan of 13 years.

dachshund
Dachshunds in a parade on October 13, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. Dachshunds live an average of 12 to 16 years.
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English springer spaniel

As a breed, English Springer Spaniels are generally healthy and live to be 12 or 14 years old. They are kind and obedient dogs too.

English springer spaniel
An English Springer Spaniel on June 30, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. This breed is generally healthy.
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Shetland sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdogs are energetic and alert, and have an average lifespan of 13 years.

Shetland sheepdog
A Shetland Sheepdog on the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City on November 26, 2019. They are energetic and bright dogs.
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Shih-tzu

Healthy Shih Tzu dogs can live between 10 and 18 years, but have an average lifespan of 13 years. Shih Tzus are known to be loving and playful.

Shih Tzu
A pair of Shih Tzu dogs at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England for the Crufts show on March 8, 2014. Healthy Shih Tzus can live between 10 and 18 years of age.
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Miniature poodle

Most Miniature Poodles have long, happy, healthy lives and can live to be 18 years old, although the breed’s average lifespan is 13. Toy poodles are generally intelligent and confident dogs.

Miniature poodle
Miniature poodle at the Crufts dog show on March 8, 2015. The breed’s average lifespan is 13 years.
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Border collie

The smart and energetic border collie is robust and healthy. The breed usually lives to be 13 years old.

Border collies
Three Border Collies on August 4, 2018 in Sydney. The breed is hardy and typically lives for 13 years.
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West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terriers are loyal and happy dogs. They have an average life expectancy of 13 as they are generally a healthy breed.

West Highland White Terrier
A West Highland White Terrier at Pier 92 in New York City on February 13, 2016. The terriers have an average life expectancy of 13 years.
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Whippet

Whippets are loving and playful dogs that reach an average age of 13 years. You will benefit from a healthy diet as its frame is not suitable for carrying excess weight.

Whippets
Whippets at the Crufts dog show on March 11th, 2012. Whippets are loving and playful dogs with an average age of 13 years.
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Afghan hounds

The Afghan is a dignified and loyal breed with an average lifespan of 12 years.

Afghan hound
An Afghan Hound at Crufts on March 9, 2018. Afghan Hounds are a dignified and loyal breed.
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Golden retriever

Golden Retrievers are friendly and devoted dogs that live on average 12 years old. As a breed, they are generally healthy.

Golden retriever
A Golden Retriever at the American Kennel Club’s headquarters in New York City on February 22, 2016. Golden Retrievers are friendly, devoted dogs that typically live to be 12 years old.
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Australian shepherd

Australian Shepherds are intelligent, work-oriented dogs who are generally healthy and have an average lifespan of 12 years.

Australian shepherd
An Australian Shepherd on November 2, 2012 in Berlin. Australian Shepherds are generally healthy and have an average lifespan of 12 years.
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beagle

Beagles are friendly and curious dogs, and they generally live for an average of 12 years.

beagle
A beagle at the American Kennel Club headquarters in New York City on February 22, 2016. Beagles are friendly and curious dogs.
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Bichon frize

The Bichon Frize breed is playful and curious. They have an average lifespan of 12 years.

Bichon frize
A Bichon Frize at the Westminster Kennel Club Show in New York on February 13, 2017. The breed has an average lifespan of 12 years.
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English cocker spaniel

English Cocker Spaniels are energetic dogs that typically live to be 12 years old.

Cocker spaniel
A cocker spaniel on June 4th 2017 in South Shields, England.
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English composer

English setters are friendly and cheerful. They usually live to be around 12 years old.

English composer
An English setter at the Crufts Show in Birmingham on March 9, 2014. English Setters are friendly and cheerful dogs that typically live to be around 12 years old.
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Irish setter

Irish Setters are an active breed that live an average of 12 years old. You are generally healthy.

Irish setter
An Irish setter at Crufts in Birmingham, England on March 11th 2016. This active breed has an average lifespan of 12 years.
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Labrador Retriever

The friendly and open-minded Labrador Retriever can live up to 12 years if they are kept healthy.

Labrador
A Labrador at Crufts on March 11th, 2017. The friendly and open-minded Labrador Retriever can live up to 12 years.
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Maltese

Maltese dogs are known to be playful and charming. As a breed, they have few health problems and “will typically live in the double digits,” according to the American Kennel Club. They have an average lifespan of 12 years.

Maltese
A Maltese in Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 13, 2006. The breed has an average lifespan of 12 years.
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Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent and obedient dogs and are generally a healthy breed, reaching an average age of 12 years.

Miniature Schnauzer
A Miniature Schnauzer in Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 16, 2016. The breed lives average 12 years old.
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