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Dogs with the Longest Lifespans

Which are the dogs with the longest lifespans?  One of the downsides of dog ownership is that we humans typically outlive our dogs, making this a natural question.  According to pets.webmd.com, the smaller the dog, the longer the lifespan.  The weight factors in more heavily than the height.  Females also tend to live a bit longer.  Below they share interesting research and average lifespans of the most popular breeds.  Dogs with the longest lifespans include Chihuahuas, Maltese, and Miniature Schnauzers.

Nearly 40% of small breed dogs live longer than 10 years, but only 13% of giant breed dogs live that long. The average 50-pound dog will live 10-12 years. But giant breeds such as great Danes or deerhounds are elderly at 6-8 years.

Kimberly Greer, PhD, an assistant professor at the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Indiana University East, co-authored a study that showed that dogs weighing less than 30 pounds lived the longest. The study analyzed data from more than 700 dogs in 77 breeds…

Dog Life Span: How Popular Breeds Stack Up

Here is a list of the American Kennel Club’s 20 most popular dog breeds from 2008 and their average life span, according to The World Atlas of Dog Breeds.

Labrador retriever — 10 to 14 years

Yorkshire terrier — 12 to 15 years

German Shepherd dog — 10 to 14 years

Golden retriever — 10 to 12 years

Beagles — 12 to 14 years

Boxers — 11 to 14 years

Dachshunds — 12 to 14 years

Bulldogs — 10 to 12 years

Poodles — 10 to 15 years

Shih Tzu — 11 to 15 years

Miniature Schnauzers — 15 years or more

Chihuahuas — 15 years or more

Pomeranians — 13 to 15 years

Rottweilers — 10 to 12 years

Pugs — 12 to 15 years

German shorthaired pointers — 12 to 15 years

Boston terriers — about 15 years

Doberman Pinschers — 10 to 12 years

Shetland Sheepdogs — 12 to 14 years

Maltese — 15 years or more

Enjoy the full article here.  In which breeds have you found the dogs with the longest lifespans?  Do you have a story where your pet beat the averages?

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