Do you love your dog and can’t imagine life without her? Well, based on their life expectancy, certain dog breeds might be in your life for a lot longer than others.
In general, small dogs tend to live longer than larger breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. The average lifespan for a small dog is 10 to 15 years, versus 10 to 13 years for a medium breed and eight to 12 years for a large breed.
The oldest dog on record was an Australian cattle dog (see No. 10 on our list) named Bluey, who lived to the ripe old age of 29 years and 5 months. More recently, an owner claimed his Australian kelpie Maggie lived past 30 years, but he didn’t have the paperwork for the dog to verify her age.
Although you probably won’t have a dog who pushes 30, here are 15 dog breeds that have a decent shot at a good, long life, according to AKC lifespan estimates.
15. Bichon Frise: 14 to 15 years
These happy little puffs of fur will be a cheerful face in your life for a long time. Bichons are the perfect combination of playful and cuddly, they’re good with kids and other dogs, and they’re not big barkers. Plus, they’re low-shedders, meaning they might work for people with allergies. They’re a generally healthy breed, according to the AKC, though they most commonly develop tooth problems and allergies.
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