Different breeds of dog have very different average lifespans.Different breeds of dog have very different average lifespans.
Different breeds of dog have very different average lifespans.

Dogs Lifespans 2024: These are the 10 breeds of adorable dog with longest and shortest average lives - from Chihuahua to Great Dane 🐶

With puppy ownership continuing to soar, here are the dog breeds that are least likely to live long lives, and those that – sadly – won’t be around for quite as much time.

The last two years have seen many of us welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, as the Kennel Club has seen dog ownership soar rise , with around one-in-three UK households now including at least one four-legged friend..

But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup – whether you want a large dog, family-friendly dog, or crossbreed.

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One of the terrible truths of dog ownership is that we are likely to outlive our adored pet, with the average dog living just 10-13 years – but there's a fairly substantial gap between the breeds that live the longest and shortest lives.

Smaller dogs, like the Chihuahua, tend to live until relatively old age, while larger dogs can expect a lifespan of half as long.

Here are the 10 breeds that have the shortest and longest average lifespans.

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