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Long-living dogs: these 9 breeds are 20 or older

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Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

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Any owner wants his pet to delight him as long as possible. Some dogs are genetically predisposed to live longer. On average, a dog lives for about 10-13 years.

Small breeds tend to live longer than large breeds. However, among the age record holders, there are not only miniature animals. The leaders in life expectancy, according to the Guinness Book of Records, are representatives of nine breeds. They have reached the age of 20 or more.

Australian cattle dog

A dog of this breed, named Blue, has lived in Australia for 29 years and five months. The pet died on November 14, 1939. Blue has been considered the consummate long-liver among dogs for over 80 years. The average Australian herding dog lives between 12-16 years, according to the American Kennel Club.


A Beagle named Butch has lived in the United States for exactly 28 years. The dog died in 2003. As a rule, dogs of this breed live from 12 to 15 years, however, Butch was able to exceed all expectations.


The average pug lives between 12 and 15 years, but Snooki from South Africa was able to outgrow those numbers. The pet has pleased the owners for 27 years and nine months, he died in 2018. The list of centenarians also includes a pug named Piccolo. He has reached the age of 23.

Border Collie

A representative of this breed is native to the UK. A pet named Bramble lived to a ripe old age. His life expectancy was 27 years and seven months. The animal was vegan. In general, border collies rarely live longer than 17 years.

Labrador Retriever

One of the most popular dog breeds does not have a natural predisposition for a longer life. Labradors live for about 12 years, but a dog named Adjutant has reached the age of 27 years and three months. The pet died in 1963.

Shiba inu

A dog of this breed, named Pusuke, was a Japanese long-liver until 2011. The pet lived for 26 years and eight months. On average, Siba Inu dogs live about 12-15 years, writes The Scotsman.


It is not uncommon to see a dachshund that has reached the age of 16. This breed is considered one of the longest lived. There is also a record holder among its representatives. A dachshund named Chantal has lived in the United States for 21 years and three months. She passed away in 1988.

Toy poodle

Another miniature breed that usually has a long lifespan. Toy poodles often live up to 18 years or more. For example, a pet named Seamus from the United States has reached the age of 20 years and nine months. The animal died in 2014.


This breed is also renowned for its significant lifespan. Some representatives live up to 20 years. For example, a dog named Megabyte, originally from the United States, has delighted its owners for 20 years and eight months. The pet died in 2014.

According to experts, genetics plays a major role in the life span of a dog.

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