10 Long-Lived Dogs This Veterinarian Sees


Australian Cattle Dog: The dog who holds the Guinness record for longest life span was an Australian Cattle Dog named Bluey, who lived to be 29 years old. That’s astounding. I don’t know of any ACDs who have approached that record, but I do know this breed can live a good 12 to 15 years, sometimes longer. Expect those years to be happy but challenging, because this is an awfully smart and sometimes stubborn dog with a high energy level.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi: Nicknamed the “yard-long dog” in his native Wales, the Cardigan is active and good-natured, with a strong desire to work. Maybe his busy personality is what keeps him going. Corgis typically live 12 to 14 years, but I’ve known of some who carry on for 17 years.


Pembroke Welsh Corgi: Cousin to the Cardigan, he’s the Corgi without a tail. (You can tell them apart by remembering that the Cardigan has a long tail, like the sleeve of his namesake sweater, while the Pembroke has a “broke” tail.) The Pembroke has a more foxy appearance than the Cardigan and he’s slightly smaller, but they share a long potential life span of 12 to 14 years or more.

Podengo Pequeno: Don’t worry; I have trouble saying the name, too. This small Portuguese hound is slowly making inroads in this country and for good reason: He’s adaptable, energetic and highly trainable. Even better: He has a potential life span of 12 to 16 years.


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