The Longest Living Dog Breeds That'll Never Leave Your Side

Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear, from Madagascar, is known for its long lifespan. These 15-pound dogs are tenacious, affectionate, and bond closely with their families, enjoying being with them everywhere.

Chinese crested

The Chinese crested, known for sitting in high spots, is catlike in that way. The hairless type has a spotted-pink body with no doggy smell, while the "powderpuff" has a silky coat. They need sweaters to stay warm.

Rat terrier

Choose between a 13-inch or 18-inch version of these lively, long-lived dogs. Named by Teddy Roosevelt for their rat-hunting, they're adorable yet stubborn. Consistent training helps them thrive.

Shih tzu

Living with a shih tzu is a loving experience. They re great family dogs, easy to love, and very affectionate. Their sweet expressions, eagerness to learn, and friendly nature make them popular and charming companions.

Manchester terrier

The Manchester terrier, once nearly extinct, is making a comeback. High-energy and driven, they need direction and socialization. The toy variety is under 12 lbs and about a foot tall, while the standard is 16 inches and 22 lbs.


Chihuahuas are small, sassy dogs weighing around six pounds, perfect for carrying in a purse. They need to stay warm due to their size. They're smart with long lifespans and can gain weight easily.


Happy, friendly, and outgoing, the Havanese is like the life of the party. They love to entertain and alert you of deliveries. Ranked 24th by the AKC, their cheerful nature makes them great therapy dogs.


Papillons look fancy, but they're tough and playful. They love social settings, are great at agility, obedience, and retrieving. Happy in any climate, city or country, they enjoy outdoor and indoor play.