Long-Living Dog Breeds

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies live on average 14 to 16 years. Don't let the look of these feisty terriers fool you.


Curly-haired poodles can be big or small. Most toy-sized ones live 14 to 16 years, and the larger standards live about 11 to 13.


This elegant breed, which has an average life span of 12 to 15 years, has been around for 28 centuries.

Miniature Schnauzer

Just 12 to 14 inches tall, miniature Schnauzers are sturdy, muscular dogs that typically live 12 to 14 years.

Boston Terrier

These smart little show-offs love to play. Young at heart, they usually live about 14 years.

Shih Tzu

Almost unknown in the Western world until the 20th century, shih tzus were favorites of royalty in China’s Ming Dynasty.


Who can resist lovable "wiener dogs"? Long-haired, wire-haired, or smooth, these playful pups usually live 12 to 14 years.


Beagles are curious, smart, and guaranteed to keep you entertained. This lovable, vocal breed lives about 12 to 14 years.

Shetland Sheepdog

Farmers raised these dogs to herd animals on the Shetland Islands near Scotland. Because of their small size, they ate less and lived longer than other dogs.

Labrador Retriever

Labs are the most popular breed in America. Fortunately, they’re also one larger-sized breed that lives a long time -- on average, 10 to 12 years.


The Chihuahua, the smallest recognized breed, traces its roots back to the 9th century. Their ancestors were beloved by people of Central America.


With their big eyes and flat snouts, pugs have the funniest faces. They live on average 12 to 15 years, so be ready for a long-term relationship.

Mixed breeds

Mixed-breed dogs live an average of 14 years. Overall, purebreds live an average of nearly 10 years.