Which dogs live the longest: breeds with the strongest health

Alina MilsentLife
Beagles and Basenjis typically have excellent health

Some dog breeds may be more susceptible to a variety of diseases, especially those related to genetics. According to a study recently published by scientists from the University of Adelaide, large dogs are more likely to get cancer because natural defense does not keep up with selective breeding.

The scientists cited statistics: a small dog, such as a Yorkie, has an average weight of 3 kg and can live up to 16 years, while an English Mastiff weighing 113 kg has a life expectancy of 6-10 years. Dog experts have compiled a rating of dog breeds that are characterized by good health and immunity. Read the OBOZREVATEL article to find out which dogs are considered long-livers.


Small beagles have good hunting skills due to their keen sense of smell and natural intelligence. Beagles can live from 10 to 15 years. They are not prone to genetic problems, and only at a respectable age can they be disturbed by eye or joint diseases. They are active and playful dogs that lead a healthy lifestyle.

Greyhound (greyhound)

Greyhounds are active and fast dogs that love movement and walking in the fresh air. They are usually in excellent health and can live for 10-13 years. It is important to monitor the diet of Greyhounds because due to the peculiarities of their body structure, they can have stomach problems.


Intelligent, active, and intelligent poodles have a reputation for being wayward dogs. The average life expectancy is 10-18 years. Poodles usually do not have serious health problems, but with age, special attention should be paid to the eyes and joints.


Basenjis are active, athletic, and calm. They live 13-14 years and do not suffer from genetic diseases. However, Basenji is prone to hypothyroidism.

Border Collie

These are extremely intelligent dogs that are easy to train and can learn many commands. They are moderately active, calm, and obedient. Usually, Border Collies live 12-15 years, but it should be borne in mind that this breed is prone to epilepsy and deafness with age.


Strong, active, hardy huskies are in excellent health, but they need space to live comfortably. This breed is prone to joint and eye problems, but breeders are working to overcome genetic characteristics. Huskies live 12-16 years.

Havanese or Havana Bichon

Little Havanese love walks and socializing. They are sociable, playful, funny dogs that are easy to train. Havanese live 14-16 years. Usually, they do not have serious health problems, only with age they become prone to deafness.

Australian Cattle Dog

These are sporty and athletic dogs chosen by active people. They will be great companions for long journeys or hikes. Australian Cattlemen live 12-16 years. An overly active lifestyle can lead to problems with joints and ligaments, which are treated with medication or surgery.


Chihuahuas are long-lived dogs. They often live as long as 20 years. During their lifetime, Chihuahuas can have problems with their eyes, heart, and joints.

Mixed breeds

Dog breeders say that crossing different breeds or crossing them with purebred dogs produces puppies that are less prone to genetic abnormalities. They inherit a wide gene pool. But, of course, each specific case of crossbreeding should be considered separately. Mestizos can suddenly develop diseases that are not usually found in both breeds.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL talked about the rarest dog breeds that may soon disappear forever.

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