Last week, we delved into five of the longest-living dog breeds. Our article featured a variety of miniature dogs, from Toy Poodles to Chihuahuas. This time, we’re back with part two, and a few larger breeds crack the list. Yes, smaller dogs tend to live the longest, but there are exceptions – as you’ll discover below.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are much-loved members of the American household, and rank as the fourth most-popular breed in America (2020). It’s easy to see why: they’re friendly around adults and children alike; highly intelligent and easy to train; and devoted to their loved ones. What’s more, they live long, healthy lives. What’s not to love?

Average lifespan: About 12 years

Shiba Inu

The longest-lived Shiba in existence reached an incredible 26-years-of-age and was awarded the Guinness World Record for the longest living dog in 2010. On average, however, Shibas live to about 14. Issues to look out for include dislocated hips and eye problems.

Despite a few breed-specific issues, this Japanese dog is healthy and full of vigor. They’re known as the cat of the dog kingdom, in part because they’re aloof around strangers and not keen on sharing.

Average lifespan: About 14 years


An affectionate and loving member of the family, Dachshunds have that distinctively long, low profile. But don’t let their small size fool you: they’re keen watchdogs with a bark that’ll knock your socks off. They have healthy bodies and an appetite for exercise – just don’t take them for long swims or expect them to be much good at running. The body type has its limitations, after all.

Average lifespan: About 12-16 years

Australian Shepherd

The Shepherd was brought over to California via the Australian Outback. They’re used to working a long shift and have the intelligence to handle even the most complex tasks. This work-first attitude means they’re not suited to owners wanting a simple playmate. But in the right hands, the Australian Shepherd excels.

Average lifespan: About 13-15 years

Yorkshire Terrier

The pint-sized “Yorkie” is great around the family – and children too – but less keen on other dogs stealing its shine. Like other miniature breeds, it was popular with women of impeccable taste many moons ago and today, is one of America’s most popular dogs. Interestingly, its coat is more like human hair than typical animal fur. Brush it regularly, as you would your own hair.

Yorkies live long, healthy lives on average – between 11 and 15 years-of-age.

Average lifespan: 11-15 years

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