Puppies are adorable, you can’t deny it! Besides the challenges of house-breaking and basic training, their energy and playfulness make them totally irresistible. Maybe that’s why we get a bit nostalgic for our doggo’s puppy days. I comb through photos and videos and reminisce. Puppyhood goes by so fast but for these breeds, it hangs on a bit longer.
Based on training challenges, puppy playfulness, and reaching full-growth, here are 8 dog breeds that stay puppies the longest:
1. Saint Bernard
These gentle giants can take two to three years to reach their full adult size. They are highly intelligent but possess a goofy side we can’t resist. Saint Bernards are known to be gentle and calm yet playful when it’s time to be. Some may even consider them lazy. They make great companions for families with children. Saint Bernards can grow anywhere from 120 to 150 lbs. Their lifespan is typically 8-10 years.
2. Labrador Retriever
Labs, one of the most popular breeds worldwide, stay puppies for a long time by maintaining their playfulness til the end of their lives. Most Labs will happily play fetch all day long. They love to go hiking, swim, and do laps around the yard like a champ! Labs, in good health, typically live 10-14 years of age. Many Lab owners will tell you that the breed is extremely intelligent and easy to train, making them an excellent addition to families with children.
3. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever originates from the UK. They are loyal, intelligent, and playful. Their willingness to shift from lazy-time to play-time, on a dime, makes this breed as puppy-like as you can get. According to Golden owners, they are most happy when they are close to their humans. They typically weigh between 55 and 75 lbs. Their lifespan is 10-12 years.
4. Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkie is a small dog that is known to “look” like a puppy from the start of life to the end of life. They LOVE to play and are often first to initiate a fun game with their owners. They are known to be bold and many Yorkie owners claim they have no idea that they’re so small, often going toe-to-toe with larger dogs without fear. Yorkies are hypoallergenic, making them the perfect pet for families with allergies. A Yorkie’s lifespan is 13-16 years. Click For The Next 4 Cuties. . .