Let’s face it⁠—with an average lifespan of only about 10 to 13 years, our beloved best friends don’t live nearly as long as we’d like them to. As a general rule, smaller dog breeds live longer than larger breeds, and some dog breeds live longer than others no matter what their size. With proper care, there’s always hope that your pooch will live a long life well beyond their years. The longest living dog ever was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey, who lived to the ripe old age of 29. Now that’s a lot of dog years!


1. Beagle

Average lifespan: about 12 to 17 years Floppy-eared, doe-eyed beagles are often regarded as the perfect family pet. Hey, Snoopy is a beagle, after all. Although their name literally translates to “loudmouth” in French, they are loving, gentle, friendly dogs who are great with children. Thanks to their lifespan, you can expect your boisterous little buddy to be part of the family for a long, long time. The record holder for the longest living beagle was Butch from Virginia, who was born in 1975 and died in 2003⁠—that’s 28 years! He was often described as being as playful as a puppy, up until the last of his days.

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