10 Longest Living Dog Breeds

beagle Chihuahua dachshund Jack Russell Terrier Maltese Miniature Schnauzer Papillon Pomeranian Shih Tzu Yorkshire Terrier

Your next puppy is sure to be your best friend until the end, which is why knowing the life spans of dog breeds is important. If you want to take home one of the longest living dog breeds to ensure you get maximum cuddle time with your furry friend, then this article is for you!  […]

Your next puppy is sure to be your best friend until the end, which is why knowing the life spans of dog breeds is important. If you want to take home one of the longest living dog breeds to ensure you get maximum cuddle time with your furry friend, then this article is for you! 

Chihuahuas are among the 10 longest living dog breeds, as featured here in a comfortable dog bed.


The pint-sized and feisty Chihuahua is the longest living dog breed of all the purebreds. This wide-eyed cutie can live up to 20 years! On average, a healthy Chihuahua will live 15 years. And you are guaranteed 12 happy years with your Chihuahua—a fact that statistics backs! 

Chihuahuas are known for their loyalty, charming personalities, and their “big dog” attitude! Your Chihuahua might act like the tough guy on the block when you take him for walks. But at home, he’ll be as sweet as melted honey. 

Petland Texas carries Chihuahua puppies for sale in Houston, TX

Three snuggly, long haired Dachshunds lie on their backs in a dog bed.


Another small sized dog breed, Dachshunds also live a good, long life. Dachshunds live between 12 – 16 years. This is great news for lovers of this quirky breed. Known as being “endearingly stubborn,” Dachshunds have a knack for making their families laugh. 

We love to recommend Dachshunds to families with children who want a low-energy dog. As a family dog, the Dachshund will be happiest snuggling next to you at home. Your Dachshund will also keep your kids company while they do homework. 

Our Dachshund puppies for sale in Houston, TX are available in Webster, Bellaire, and Woodlands, Texas. 

Three determined Jack Russell Terrier puppies carry a stick across a sandy beach, ready for a long life.


For joggers, hikers, and active people, you can’t go wrong with the high-energy Jack Russell Terrier. These powerhouse companion dogs can live as long as 16 years! The average Jack Russell Terrier will live between 13 – 16 years. And believe us when we say, your Jack Russell Terrier will be bursting with energy and a love of life until the bitter end!

Jack Russell Terriers are a great dog breed for high-energy families. This breed needs at least an hour of daily, outdoor exercise. Jack Russells love sprinting. And they also enjoy endurance exercise, such as a long walk or hike. 

Come into Petland Texas and meet our Jack Russell Terrier puppies for sale in Houston, TX.

Two Shih Tzu puppies look like cuddly teddy bears as they sit in the sunshine outside on a wicker bench, ready for their long lives as one of the longest living dog breeds.


For those of you who enjoy the finer things in life, and who like to primp and relax, the adorable Shih Tzu could be a match made in heaven! This fashionable canine will uplift your spirits for a beautiful 10 – 16 years! But don’t let their long, silky hair and pretty ribbons fool you! This breed isn’t snobby in the least! 

Shih Tzus are sweet-hearted companion dogs. They love children and other pets. Shih Tzus remind us to slow down, smell the flowers, and enjoy what really matters in life. Loving one another! 

For your next loving, affectionate puppy, let Petland’s Shih Tzu puppies for sale in Houston, TX melt your heart!

Two white Maltese puppies sleep under the covers next to a teddy bear stuffed animal.


Picture yourself basking in the sunshine on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean off the coast of Sicily. Notice a deep sense of inner peace come over you. That’s how you’ll feel owning a Maltese purebred dog. The bone-white, small size Maltese dog hails from the Island of Malta. Not only will your Maltese bring peace to your heart and home, but she’ll live for 12 – 15 years.

We have Maltese puppies for sale in Houston, TX at Petland Texas that can’t wait to meet you.

A cute Yorkshire Terrier lies on a bed with its beautiful brown face smiling.


Yorkshire Terriers, commonly referred to as “Yorkies,” are a perky, toy sized, companion dog. This cute dog breed will live between 13 and 16 years! From happily riding around in your bicycle basket to sprinting through your house, a Yorkshire Terrier lives life to the fullest! 

This is a high-energy dog breed. Yorkies are very smart, too. If you want a small size dog that you can teach complex tasks and tricks, look no further than the Yorkshire Terrier. 

Meet our Yorkie puppies for sale in Houston, TX in Webster, Bellaire, and Woodlands. 

Two fluffy Pomeranian puppies play outside because life is great when you're a Pomeranian!


A true puff of fluff, the Pomeranian purebred dog breed is guaranteed to make you smile. The life expectancy of a Pomeranian is 12 – 16 years. That’s a lot of puppy love for anyone who takes home a Pomerian!

Pomeranians are known for being playful, social, sensitive, and affectionate. They are great with children. They love to play with kids of all ages. And they’re committed to showering each family member with unconditional love!

Petland Texas’ Pomeranian puppies for sale can be found in Tyler, Webster, Bellair, and Woodlands, Texas. 

A distinguished looking Miniature Schnauzer dog lies on the sidewalk, obedient to his owner, as all Schnauzers are smart, easy to train, and long living.


There’s no dog breed on earth that looks quite like a Schnauzer. Even as puppies, the Schnauzer breed resembles a hard-boiled private detective. Maybe it’s the gray whiskers or “jowl” shaped facial fur. We love Schnauzers. And the Miniature Schnauzer will live between 12 and 15 years. In terms of the longest living dog breeds, Miniature Schnauzers rank high on our list!

According to the American Kennel Club, Miniature Schnauzers are excellent with children. They are also ranked among the most affectionate dog breeds. This makes them one of our highest recommendations for families, especially those who have smaller homes. Miniature Schnauzers are comfortable in smaller living spaces. 

Miniature Schnauzers are also hypoallergenic. And they rarely shed. Meet our Mini Schnauzer puppies for sale in Houston, TX, and Tyler, TX at Petland Texas..

An adorable Beagle puppy goes for a walk with his owners, looking curious yet relaxed at the new sights and smells.


The life expectancy of our new purebred is 12 – 15 years. The Beagle is a small size dog with a strong nose and tons of energy. Beagles were originally bred to hunt rabbits. Given how fast and agile rabbits are, you can imagine the sprinting speed and agility of the Beagle! 

Beagles are loving, loyal companion pets. They make great family dogs. And they bond deeply with children, especially young children. They’re also a breed that’s most likely to get along with other dogs. 

We have Beagle puppies for sale in our Houston, TX locations, as well as in Tyler. Contact us to find out about our available Beagle puppies!

A gorgeous Papillon purebred dog sits on a white backdrop to exhibit this dog breeds long, silky hair, huge "butterfly" ears, and friendly face.


Easily the most beautiful small-sized dog, the Papillon was named after the most beautiful insect. The butterfly! In fact, “papillon” means “butterfly” in French! The Papillon’s huge, wispy ears, framing its adorable face, resembles a butterfly. This precious, purebred will live 13 – 16 years. 

Papillons are considered happy, alert, and friendly dogs. They’re dainty and cheerful. And they love affection, strangers, and children! They’re great for families that want a toy sized dog that’s playful but doesn’t require hours of outdoor exercise.  

Meet our adorable Papillon puppies for sale in Houston, TX.


Our trusted name, Petland Texas, has three pet stores in Houston, TX, and one location in Tyler, Texas. Though there are many reputable Petlands in Texas, our trusted franchise is especially dedicated to matching healthy, happy puppies with their forever homes. We believe that excellent pet care starts with providing the right person with the right pet. Not all dog breeds will be a good fit for an individual. Depending on a person’s lifestyle, activity level, and interest in puppy training, some dog breeds will be better than others. 

This is why we invite you to come into one of our pet store locations. Speak with our expert pet counselors. Let our expertise guide you towards the best dog breed for you and your family. There’s so much more to finding your furry best friend than knowing how long he will live. 

For your quick reference, our most popular dog breeds for active people include:  

Our most popular low-energy dog breeds for snuggling are:

And our favorite family dog breeds for children include:

That wraps up our article about the 10 longest living dog breeds! We hope you’ll stop by one of our trusted Petland Texas locations to meet our available puppies. Our staff is eager to answer your questions. And help you and your family find the right dog breed!