It’s widely known that small dogs generally live longer lives than their larger breed counterparts. The average lifespan of a dog is between 10-13 years, but many smaller breed dogs can live well past their 16th birthday.
Genetics play a large role in your dogs lifespan as well as feeding a high-quality diet, allowing them plenty of exercise and providing excellent health care.
Here are the 10 dog breeds with the longest lifespans.
The cute and friendly Shih Tzu was bred to be a family companion, and only requires short walks and playtime. Genetically the Shih Tzu is generally healthy throughout its adult life, but can be prone to eye issues and orthopedic problems.
It’s common for Shih Tzus to live to be 15 years or older! The oldest living Shih Tzu was one named Smokey from Florida, who lived to be 23 years old.