8. Chihuahua

The Chihuahua earned a bad “health reputation” due to unethical breeders. However, when they are bred properly, Chihuahuas are extremely healthy dogs. They are known for their larger than life personalities and adorable little bodies! Chis LOVE being close to their humans so if you don’t want a lap dog then a Chihuahua is not the breed for you. A well-cared for Chi can live up to 20 years!

9. Basenji

Basenjis have been around for a long time! They are “barkless” dogs because, well, they rarely bark. This makes them perfect for apartment living. They have lots of energy and love to be the life of the party. They have very short hair that only sheds several times a year. Their lifespan is generally 9-12 years.

10. Labrador Retriever

One of the most popular breeds in the world, Labs are friendly, high-spirited, intelligent dogs. They are easy to train and are great with other animals and kids. Labs love to play, right up until the end of their life. They are the perfect companion for outdoor adventurers, especially swimmers! Their lifespan is generally 10-13 years.

Remember, a happy, well-cared for dog can live a longer life. Diet, exercise, and veterinarian check-ups can greatly improve these odds. Check out this article, 8 Tips To Help Your Dog Live A Longer, Healthier Life, to learn more about how you can keep your best friend in tip-top shape.