The American Kennel Club says these adorable pups are friendly, polite, and fearless. They live roughly 14 years, like many smaller dogs.


Like their Maltese cousins, Bichon Frise can live 15 or more years, according to Vet Street, making them perfect choices for your fluffy BFF.

Bichon Frise

According to Vet Street, these little pups with enormous personalities have an average lifespan of 17 years and even up to 20.


Bluey, an Australian cattle dog, set the record for oldest dog by living 29 years and 5 months. Many Australian Cattle Dogs have sought to beat the 1939 record by living lengthy lives.

Australian Cattle Dogs

Yorkies may look dainty, but they're plucky. Large personality and portability make them popular pets. The American Kennel Club says they live 11-15 years.

Yorkshire Terriers

Cesar Milan's website says working dogs live 15 years on average. One extremely fine beagle survived to be 27 years old.


Jack Russells have limitless energy and never stop moving. Some have outlived their 16-year average. According to The Spruce, Willie the Jack Russell reached 20 years old.

Jack Russell Terriers

Smaller breeds live longer than poodles and poodle hybrids. Milan's website says toy poodles live on average 16 years. Standard poodles live 10-18 years, according to the AKC.

Toy Poodles

Pomeranians pack a lot of personality into their small bodies, like Chihuahuas. AKC says Poms can live 16 years.


AKC says these low-riders survive 12-16 years on average. Like us, they might have age-related health difficulties, especially back problems.


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Butterfly-eared dogs are smart, kind, and quickly become family members. These beautiful dogs can live 17 years, which is great.