The chihuahua is one of the longest-lived dog breeds. Many survive past 15 years, with an occasional individual living as long as 18 to 20 years. Even tiny dogs require plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, and training.
It's not uncommon to meet a dachshund over 15 years old. A dachshund named Chanel set a Guinness World Record for the oldest living dachshund. She died in 2009 at 21 years old.
It's almost impossible to be sad around the happy Frenchie. French bulldogs are among the most cheerful of all dog breeds. They are compact, muscular, and active dogs.
The sassy, intelligent toy poodle can make a great family pet. But don't underestimate their energy or the amount of mental stimulation they need for their busy minds. It's not uncommon for toy poodles to reach 16 to 18 years old.
The Jack Russell terrier is another small breed that often may live up to 16 years old. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest Jack Russell was Willie, reaching age 20 in 2014.
Friendly and adaptable shih tzus commonly live to 14 years or older. These dogs were bred to be companions and require short daily walks and playtime.
The Maltese is typically an exceptionally healthy small breed that can live up to approximately 15 years. These dogs thrive on company and affection, and without proper training can develop separation anxiety.
Yorkshire terriers are a popular and intelligent toy breed, but they aren't total lap dogs. Although they are loyal and affectionate with their families, they have terrier traits,
The Welsh springer spaniel is closely related to its English counterpart, although a little smaller. They only have red and white markings. The Welshie is affectionate, active, and happy.