Just as we want our best lives to be, we want our dog’s life to be happy, healthy, and long lasting. And while owners may think it’s an old woman’s tale that smaller dog breeds have longer lifespans than larger breeds, this is actually a true proposition. Diana Hightower, President of Chihuahua Rescue and Transport, spoke to us about dogs and their different life expectancies. “While the age range is not breed specific, it is true that smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs,” she explains. “A larger dog will live between eight and ten years, while smaller breeds (like Chihuahuas) can generally live to be 15 to 20 years old.”
How long your puppy will live naturally also depends on the quality of care and your common lifestyle. Whether you love a Miniature Poodle or a Great Dane, Hightower shows that you can make changes to extend your dog’s lifespan. “Measures that owners can take to prolong the lives and happiness of their dogs are to provide their pets with an overall safe environment,” says Hightower. “This includes maintaining a healthy weight, daily exercise, relaxation, and regular veterinary exams. Quality veterinary care including annual checkups, vaccinations, dental work, monthly heartworm and flea prevention is critical.”
What if this is a first time dog owner and you are looking for a specific breed that is known to have a long lifespan? In fact, these dog breeds exist. Here we deal with the dogs with the longest life expectancy.