Jack Russell Terrier

Another little dog that can live up to 16 years old is the Jack Russell terrier. Jack Russells have a strong work ethic because that is why they were originally bred.


Chihuahuas live long. Some live 18–20 years after 15 years. Small dogs need exercise, mental stimulation, and training. This breed is healthy but prone to heart, dental, and eye issues.


15-year-old dachshunds are common.  If neglected, their teeth might develop tooth root abscesses and oronasal fistulas, which can affect their health and quality of life.

Toy Poodle

Toy poodles are smart and spunky. But don't underestimate their energy or mental stimulation needs for their busy minds. Toy poodles often live 16–18 years. 

Shih Tzu

Friendly shih tzus can live to 14 or older. Short daily walks and playtime are needed for these companion dogs. Their lengthy coats need daily brushing or cutting. The breed has orthopedic, dental, skin, and eye problems.


They can be feisty, but continuous training can make them ideal family companions that live 14–16 years. This breed is prone to heart problems, collapsing trachea, luxating patellas, and dental disease.

Shiba Inu

Shiba inu mediums live 14–16 years. These stubborn dogs aren't for everyone. They're clean, quiet, and devoted. Preventative maintenance keeps most dogs healthy despite allergies.


Beagles live 15 years. Medium-sized dogs are good with kids, other dogs, and cat-friendly cats. Beagles need exercise, enjoyment, and attention to avoid bad behavior and excessive barking.

Miniature Pinscher

 These energetic little dogs are known for their dancing movement and family protection. The Min Pin is a loving family dog that can live up to 16 years, but loud youngsters can upset them.

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