One of the hardest things about owning dogs is having to say goodbye.
And although good diet and regular exercise can lengthen and improve the life of any dog, the sad reality is that compared with humans, dogs just don’t live as long as people.
However, there are some dog breeds that tend to live longer than others.
If you’re looking for a canine companion that will be around for a long time, check out these 10 breeds known for having long lifespans.
These little hot dogs generally live pretty long lives — about 15 to 20 years. In fact, a Dachshund named Chanel once held the Guinness World Record for oldest living dog. She died in 2011 at 21 years old, making her the 10th longest-living dog ever recorded.
These shaggy little goofs are easy to love. Luckily, they’ll provide many years of companionship, with an average lifespan of around 15 to 20 years. Don’t be surprised if your pup lives longer than that, though. The oldest Lhasa Apso lived to be 29 years old, according to the AKC.
Poodles are known for being intelligent, but did you also know they have fairly long lifespans? Toy poodles in particular tend to live the longest. It’s not uncommon for them to live upwards of 18 years.
Malteses are known for being super smart, playful, and good with kids. And if you can’t say no to this sweet face, you’ll be happy to know that Malteses have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years — with females slightly outliving their male counterparts.
This list is mostly filled with smaller dogs, because they generally live longer than big dogs. However, that’s not quite the case when it comes to the adorable Australian shepherd. A healthy Aussie can live up to 15 years — just look out for common health problems, like hip dysplasia and eye disease.
If you can’t resist those big floppy ears and big puppy dog eyes, I have good news for you: your beagle bestie is going to be around for a long time. The average beagle lives approximately 12 to 17 years. However, it’s worth mentioning that the world’s longest-living beagle, Butch, lived to see an incredible 27 years.
Curly-haired cockapoos are actually cross-breeds. They’re a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Perhaps it’s their poodle side that gives them consistently long lifespans of up to 18 years. It’s probably also partially due to the fact that cross-breeds tend to have fewer hereditary disorders.
Shih Tzus were the beloved sweethearts of the Chinese Ming Dynasty. These friendly and adaptable pups commonly live to be 15 years or older, so be prepared for plenty of sweet companionship.
Sweet, sassy, and petite, the Chihuahua is one of the longest-living dog breeds. Many live past 15 years old, and some live as long as 20 years. Most tend to live an average of 15 to 18 years, largely because they are not prone to any serious genetic illnesses.
These spunky little pooches often lead long lives, living up to 16 years or so. Perhaps it’s their high levels of energy that keep them going for so long! They are prone to ear and eye issues as they age, though, so keep up with all those annual vet visits to catch problems early on.