Top 5 longest living dog breeds
A close up of the face of a cute golden Chihuahua, looking content lying on vintage patterned bedding.

Top 5 longest living dog breeds

22 September 2023

Reviewed by Dr Jill McMaster BVM&S MBA MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon and in-house expert at BorrowMyDoggy on 26 May 2023

One important factor of a dog’s life expectancy is its breed. From double digits up through their 20s, these are the breeds known to live the longest. And one of the best ways to learn more about these five breeds is to join BorrowMyDoggy and start borrowing a pooch today!


The longest-living breed comes in small packages. They need little exercise and live on average up to 17 years. Learn more about Chihuahuas.

Doggy member Hugo, the Chihuahua sitting on a mustard yellow armchair


With an average lifespan of 15 years, they stay puppies at heart. Females tend to live one year longer than males. Learn more about Malteses.

Doggy member Missy, the Maltese sitting in the shade on a sunny walkies

Lhasa Apso

Their general lifespan is from 12 to 14 years. The oldest one passed away in 1939 at the age of 29. Learn more about Lhasa Apsos.

Doggy members Lulu and Willow, the Lhaso Apsos cuddled up together on their dog bed


With a healthy lifestyle, they live an average of 15 years. The oldest living Beagle, Butch, lived until he was 27 in 2003. Learn more about Beagles.

Doggy member Bailey, the Beagle lying down in the grass after a game of fetch


With a history of good genes, they stay healthy throughout their lives. They’ll live up to 16 years with plenty of stimulation and daily walks. Learn more about Pomeranians.

Doggy member Coco, the Pomeranian, lying in the sand at the beach

There you have it! The top 5 longest-living dog breeds!

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