The 15 longest living dog breeds with the highest lifespan

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Which are the shortest and longest living dog breeds? Which is the maximum age of a dog? Adopting a puppie is one of the best things you can do in life, but know this: dogs do not live forever or as long as we would like them to. A dog is a very big responsibility and that he lives happy and healthy depends only on one person; on you. But calm down; you are not alone. If you have any questions you can always make a free consultation in Barkibu, we will be happy to give you a paw.

Remember, before adopting a dog, assess whether you can take care of him. Are you aware of how much does it cost to "have" a dog? Can you afford it?

How can I know how old my dog lifespan

Although popular belief says that a year of a dog is equal to 7 years of a person, this is not so true.

There are several factors that influence the "human" age of your dog and therefore in the years he will live. Among the most frequently used:

  • The size: The life expectancy of a small dog, such as a Poodle or a Yorkshire, is usually greater than that of a large dog, about 13 or 14 years old. On the other hand, a dog like the Great Dane or a Saint Bernard lives around 7 or 8 years.

  • The breed: In general, although the motive is not known for sure, purebred dogs usually live fewer years than mongrel dogs. It is believed that this is so because "breed" dogs often inherit diseases from their ancestors more frequently than the crosses. Another fact to keep in mind is that the brachycephalic (flat-snouted) breeds, such as the Bulldog, the Pug, or the Boxer, have a life expectancy lower than usual as they age earlier.

Other factors that influence your dog's life expectancy

In addition to size and race, there are other factors that, although not as decisive as the previous ones, can influence the life expectancy of a dog.

  • The gender of the pet is another factor to consider. Although the motive is unknown, the females tend to live more years than males.

  • The castration or sterilization also influences it. Although there are false beliefs that you can change the behavior of your pet, make him gain weight, if you decide to sterilize him, besides reducing the possible appearance of cysts or tumors, you will be contributing to lengthening the life of your furry.

  • By all means, a healthy lifestyle, based on a diet rich in nutrients, just a little bit of daily exercise, and much love will prolong his life expectancy.

Shortest and longest living dog breeds

Among the dogs that live the longest, we found 15 breeds with an average life longer than usual, between 13 and 17 years approximately: the Pomeranian, poodle, dachshund, Samoyed, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire, Bichon Frisé, Schnauzer, Lhasa Apso, Beagle, Jack Russel, Border Collie, Australian Shepherd, Saluki, and Chihuahua.

The latter, the Chihuahua, besides being considered the smallest dog in the world, is also the one with the highest life expectancy, being able to reach the 20 years.

Now you know the factors that can influence the years of your dog's life, although you should not take all this to the letter, it also depends on the animal's health and lifestyle. Coincidentally, did you know that the oldest dog in the world was a purebred? Yeah, it was! An Australian Kelpie that reached the age of 30 ;)