Any guardian will agree with this statement: I wish the dogs’ lives were endless. Unfortunately, like all living beings, dogs have an “expiration date”, although some usually reach this point before others high anxiety dog crate. Do you know which is the longest living dog breed?
Of course, the criterion for choosing a dog when adopting it should never be how long it is going to live, since this question depends on many factors both intrinsic and external to the animal. Even so, as a curiosity, today we explore which dogs live longer according to statistical data.
Dogs and death
First of all, and in order to frame this topic, it is necessary to dissect why dogs die in a general way. A study that collected data from more than 5500 dogs in the United Kingdom shows us the following results:
- The most common cause of death in dogs was old age, with a percentage corresponding to 14% of total deaths.
- Almost 9% of the dogs died from some type of unspecified cancer.
- 5 % of the dogs died from heart failure.
- The average age of death was 10.33 years.
This study already begins to indicate that there are differences in the life expectancy of the dog according to its breed, since the West Highland Terriers in the sample lived an average of 12.71 years while the Dobermann Pinscher did not exceed eight years of age in most cases.
Although death is a date that comes to us all, clearly in the case of dogs the breed is an essential condition. There are more data that support this statement:
- Other veterinary studies calculate a longevity of 14.2 years for the miniature poodle, while the Dogue de Bordeaux has an average life of 5.5 years, a very low figure if we take into account the average of the species.
- The Shetland sheepdog has a longevity of 12 years in Danish households. On the other hand, the Bernese Cattle Dog usually does not exceed seven years of age in this geographical area.
We can start to see a general trend, right? Indeed, large dogs tend to live less. This is partly explained by the fact that they have a very fast metabolism – they grow more in less time – which means a more accelerated cellular aging.
Which dog breed is the longest living?
Let’s stop with the preamble: the longest living breed according to various studies seems to be the Chihuahua. The average age of the dogs of this variety is usually 17 years old, with a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 20.
According to the sample group analyzed, the first place in terms of longevity can vary, since we also find the Jack Russell terrier, miniature poodles or Cockerpoos fighting for the podium. All of them have an average life expectancy of 16 years.
As we have said before, small dogs dominate this list. It is estimated that small dogs such as terriers reach geriatric age at 11 years, while giant breeds -such as the Great Dane- reach this stage at seven years of age.
As small as this four-year difference may seem, we must take into account one thing: the species Canis lupus familiaris has a general life expectancy of 10 to 13 years, so every day of its routine counts much more.
The oldest dog in history
Finding out which dog has stayed the longest on Earth is a practically impossible task, since it is estimated that there are more than 500 million dogs spread all over the world.
Even so, there are fascinating cases like that of Maggie, an Australian kelpie dog that reached the age of 30. This is not the only example, since throughout history there have been various anecdotal cases of dogs that have overcome the barrier of 25 years without complications.
As we have seen, the accuracy of the figures varies according to the study analyzed, but various sources indicate that the Chihuahua could be the longest living dog breed.
Even so, all dogs should be appreciated and loved equally, regardless of the time they have left on Earth. Several professionals in the field already say: “the important thing is not how the journey ends, but what we make of it”.