How old are you in dog years? On average, one year in a canine’s life equals seven years for a human. Then again, there are hundreds of different dog breeds and they all age at slightly different rates.
The oldest dog in the world was Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog whose life covered a whopping 29 years. Not all pups can match such an impressive record, though these 20 breeds come fairly close. Some of these you can find in your own neighborhood, but there are also a few you’ve probably never heard of…
1. New Guinea Singing Dog (18-20 years): In addition to winning the spot of top dog on this list, this breed is also one of the largest! The Singing Dog is known for its melodious howl and is extremely rare, native only to Papua New Guinea.
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2. Chihuahua (17-20 years): These tiny dogs can attribute their longevity to not being prone to genetic disorders. If they live this long, they must not actually eat that much Taco Bell either.
3. Jack Russell Terrier (16-20 years): Even though these terriers are bursting with energy, they do not burn out quickly. In fact, they are fit as a fiddle from participating in fox hunts for generations.
4. Toy Poodle (16-20 years): These dignified canines will stay by your side for many years. That should give you the chance to try out every crazy poodle haircut in the book!
5. Cockapoo (16-18 years): The poodle side of this hybrid definitely plays a huge factor in the Cockapoo’s long lifespan. On top of that, they’re one of the smartest and friendliest breeds in the world!
6. Rat-Cha (16-18 years): A cross between a Rat Terrier and a Chihuahua, this variety is tough despite its size. At the same time, Rat-Chas are highly affectionate and make for ideal lap dogs.
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7. Ratese (16-18 years): These pups enjoy being the center of attention, and chances are they will be there for quite some time. As you may have guessed, these dogs are the product of a Rat Terrier and a Maltese.
8. Lagotto Romagnolo (16-17 years): No, that’s not the name of a famous opera singer. These curly canines have a keen sense of smell, even compared to other dogs, and can help farmers sniff out truffles.
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9. Shih Tzu (15-20 years): Can you believe that the ancient Chinese bred this toy dog to resemble a lion? While these pups lead long lives, they are vulnerable to various eye ailments.
10. Lhasa Apso (15-20 years): Many years ago, these dogs worked as sentinels at temples in the Himalayas. That’s probably why they remain so robust today, even if they’re only guarding your backyard.
11. Ratshi Terrier (15-20 years): Ancestors of this crossbreed helped clear out rat infestations in urban areas, so Ratshis are understandably feisty. Be forewarned that they tend to clash with pets and children.
12. Cheenese (15-18 years): A hybrid between the Chihuahua and the Havanese, these dogs are quite social. In fact, they may follow you around the house all day.
13. Australian Shepherd (15-18 years): Don’t be fooled — breeders actually developed this dog in California, not in the Outback. Aussies used to herd sheep in the Rocky Mountains, though they’re now more popular as companions.
14. Rattle Griffon (15-18 years): This feisty breed requires a lot of exercises, but all that hard work is certainly worth it! They are the offspring of Rat Terriers and Brussels Griffons.
15. Rattle (15-18 years): These dogs tend to be pretty vocal, but at least you won’t forget about them! They are pretty smart too, so they’re more likely to bark at actual strangers than their reflections in the mirror.
16. Jack Chi (15-18 years): As the progeny of two of the top dogs on this list — the Chihuahua and Jack Russell — it’s no surprise that the Jack Chi has a long lifespan. They are perfect if you’re looking for a pet that’s both compact and high energy.
17. Lacasapoo (15-18 years): These ‘designer dogs’ are a curious blend between the purebred Lhasa Apso and hybrid Cockapoo. While they are great pets, they are some of the most expensive pooches on the market.
18. Pomchi (15-18 years): The diminutive Pomchi is the product of two of the best companion dogs — the Pomeranian and Chihuahua — known to man. In terms of personality, they can take after either parent or fall somewhere in between.
19. Boykin Spaniel (15-16 years): The state dog of South Carolina, the Boykin Spaniel is a skilled bird hunter. Fortunately, they are far friendlier towards humans than they are towards ducks and turkeys.
20. Pom-Coton (15-16 years): Have you noticed yet that hybrids are hardy? This crossbreed is relatively new and comes from mating a Pomeranian with a Coton de Tulear. And if you like hardy hybrids, just check out these adorable crossbreeds…
1. Pitsky: A mix between a pit bull and husky, these dogs are perfect for anyone who loves huskies but lives in a warmer climate. Not only do they have a beautiful look, but their hair is short, meaning less grooming for you!
2. Golden Husky: A mix of a golden retriever and a husky, it’s easy to see why anyone could easily fall in love with these little guys. Just look at those bright eyes! You’re not going to find many everyday retrievers with baby blues like that.
3. Corgipoo: A cross between a toy poodle and a corgi, these little fellas have similar body structure to corgis, though their fur more closely resembles that of a poodle. They’re also noted for their roundish faces and their floppy ears.
4. Basset Pei: A mix of a basset hound and a Shar Pei, these undeniably unique dogs are sure to grab your attention. These pups are regarded for their often playful demeanor that can easily transform into a protective nature, too.
5. Schörgi: A cross between a corgi and a Sheltie. Like corgis, these little guys have a curious and adventurous nature, but they can also be rather efficient herders, too. As descendants of Shelties, it’s in their blood after all.
6. German Chow: A mix of a Chow Chow and a German shepherd, these loyal dogs are definitely little (mid-sized) balls of energy. When you least expect it, they’ll come up to you and beg for you to pay attention to them.
7. Schnoodle: A hybrid of a Schnauzer and poodle, these pups are known for their protective demeanors. Completely obedient to their owners, they often think they’re bigger than they are and go after any potential threats.
8. Bullpug: As a hybrid of the English bulldog and a pug, these dogs are regarded for their incredibly strong bodies. While bulldogs were originally bred to catch bulls (really!), you won’t find this hybrid doing much more than lounging around and relaxing.
9. Siborgi: A mix between a Siberian husky and a corgi, these beautiful dogs are known for their adventurous spirit as well as their affinity to go on long walks with their humans. But don’t look to them as a watch dog; they don’t have an aggressive bone in their bodies!
10. Bulldog shepherd: A hybrid of the English bulldog and the German shepherd, these dogs are known to be shedders. But if you don’t mind grooming, then you’re in for a treat, because they’re especially loyal companions to their humans.
11. German Pei: This is a mix between a German shepherd and a Shar Pei. Not only do these big guys make great watch dogs, but they’re also loyal companions who like to kick back and enjoy a relaxing night with their humans.
12. Pomski: People can’t help but fawn over this hybrid of a Pomeranian and a husky. It’s safe to say that, if you have an affinity for the look of a husky but the temperament and size of a Pomeranian, then this is the pup for you!
13. Cocker Pei: Those looking for a loyal pup should check out the hybrid of a Shar Pei and a cocker spaniel. Furthermore, they get along great with other pets. The more the merrier!
14. German beagle: Even though German is in the name of this mix between a beagle and a German shepherd, don’t be fooled—they’re not of German descent whatsoever. They are, however, noted for their playful and loyal demeanor.
15. Yorkipoo: People can’t help but compare the hybrid of a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle to the Ewoks from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Just look at that scruffy head of fur and adorable face! What’s not to love, right?
16. Sheporgi: This hybrid of a German shepherd and a corgi might not be the most well-known crossbreed in the bunch, but rest assured, they’re every bit as loving and devoted to their humans as any other breed.
17. Chug: As one might expect, the cross between a pug and a chihuahua can produce wildly different results. Some owners have claimed they’re extremely relaxed and playful, while others mention they’re energetic and loud.
18. Dachsation: Just look at the floppy ears on this hybrid between a Dalmatian and a dachshund! Not only are they undeniably adorable, but they’re loyal to their humans and they just love to play!
19. Chusky: It should go without saying, but if you walk down the street with this fluffy cross between a Chow Chow and a husky, you’re going to get some funny looks from strangers. They may look like bears, but they’re much friendlier.
20. Dalcorgi: You’ll be seeing spots everywhere with this mix between a corgi and a Dalmatian. If you love the look of Dalmatians, but prefer the size of a corgi, then you’ve found your next pup!
21. Golden dachshund: Can you think of a more friendly and inviting crossbreed than that of a golden retriever and a dachshund? Go ahead and try, but you’re not going to think of one. They’re so sweet!
22. Cheagle: Would you just look at the ears on this mix between a chihuahua and a beagle! Can’t you just imagine those flopping all around while this little guy trots around your home? That’s what dog dreams are made of.