22 breeds of dogs that live the longest for love that lasts

We can't imagine life without our dog. Dogs are family, constant companions, and friends. Losing them is heartbreaking, so some people choose long-lived dog breeds.

The Coton de Tulear, Madagascar's official dog, lives the longest. Colleen Demling-Riley, a dog behaviourist for Dogtopia, says the Coton de Tulear originated from a shipwreck in Madagascar.

Average life span: 15 to 19 years

Coton de Tulear

The Chinese crested is one of the few breeds described as catlike for its penchant for perching. Similarities end there. These dogs will sit on a sofa, but they won't jump on the counter like a cat. This breed is outgoing and adaptable, unlike some.

Average life span: 13 to 18 years

Chinese crested

Whether you choose the 13-inch miniature or the 18-inch standard, these American charmers are fun and feisty. They're one of the longest-living dog breeds, so you have time to enjoy them.

12-to-18-year lifespan

Rat terrier

Living with a shih tzu is a lifelong love affair. "Shih tzu make good family dogs." Dr. Harris says they are easy to love. That's why they're often on the AKC's list of the most popular dog breeds.

10-to-18-year lifespan

Shih tzu

Demling-Riley says the Manchester terrier is making a comeback. "They're high-energy and driven, so they need guidance," she says. Socialization ensures pups outside the home are BFFFs (best furry friends forever).

Average life span: 15 to 17 years

Manchester terrier

These six-pound puppies are sassy and stubborn (or confident). Chihuahuas are low-maintenance, one-person dogs. These six-pound cuties are perfect for doggy purse outings.

Average life span: 14 to 16 years


"The Havanese commands any party you've ever walked into," says Demling-Riley. They're vocal and happy to entertain your friends or alert you when a package arrives.

Average life span: 14 to 16 years


A papillon's polished appearance belies a hardy, playful pup. "Papillons have personalities as big as their ears," says Demling-Riley. "The breed excels at agility, obedience, public manners, and retrieving.

Average life span: 14 to 16 years


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