Forever Young – The 10 Longest Living Dogs

Age-defying pooches that made history

Golden Retriever sitting on couch

Longevity is the ability to maintain vital body functions longer, minimizing the effects of external changes. We say that a dog is long-lived when it lives longer than the average life expectancy of similar specimens. Dogs manage to live more years when all the functions of their body remain optimal for longer, resisting the natural process of aging. The latter is a natural process of changes and adaptations throughout their life cycle.

The longevity of a dog depends on intrinsic factors, mainly genetic, and extrinsic agents that can be controlled to counteract the effects of aging. Nutrition, exercise, and the care given to a pet are all factors that affect the duration of their life.

Do dogs really age 7 times faster than humans?

A dog’s size determines the age at which they reach adulthood as well as when the signs of aging begin to appear, therefore longevity is related to size.

With smaller breeds at one end of the longevity scale and larger breeds at the other end, the popular belief that a “dog year” is equivalent to 7 human years is not always true.

How do I calculate my dog’s age in human years? 

There are exceptions to the rule and some dogs insisted on overcoming these parameters, thus going down in history as the longest living dogs.

Receive Our Free Newsletter for Senior Dog Owners!

The 10 Longest Living Dogs


Although it was never officially confirmed, a dog named Chilla seems to be the longest living canid in history, reaching 32 years and 12 days. Genetically, Chilla was a mixture of Labrador and Australian Cattle Dog, which triggered a research on the special characteristics of the Australian Cattle Dog to stay healthy and live longer than dogs of breeds with similar size and characteristics.


Longest living dog - Bluey

Officially the oldest dog according to the Guinness book, Bluey was an Australian Shepherd Dog from Victoria, Australia, who lived more than 29 years and died in 1939, after working for almost 20 years as a sheep herder.




Also featured in the Guinness book, this Beagle from the state of Virginia, United States, died in 2003 at 28 years of age.


This Welsh Sheepdog from the United Kingdom, a shepherd dog like the Welsh Collie, appeared in the book of Guinness records as he lived almost 27 years and more than 300 days.


This pug from South Africa died in October 2018, after living for 27 years and 284 days.


Bramble was a rescue Border Collie, who was adopted and lived for 27 years and a little more than 211 days in England.


Adjutant was a black dog, mixed Labrador Retriever, that lived for 27 years and 98 days in England. Like a good labrador, with his intelligence and sportsmanship, he spent his days as a gun dog helping his owner to hunt.


This female dog of indefinite breed lived in a hostel in Hungary surrounded by equine friends for about 27 years until August 2017.


Up to the month of December 2011, Pusuke, a Japanese Shiba Inu dog, held the title of the oldest dog in the world recorded in the Guinness Records book of 2010. Pusuke died peacefully at 26 years and 9 months.




Not much is known about Sugar, beyond the fact that he lived for almost 25 years in the United States, until August 1977.


Piccolo was a mongrel dog from Italy who lived almost 24 years.

Regardless of the factors that affect longevity, it is important to be informed not only about the habits and preventive measures that contribute to the welfare and health of our pets, but also of the disorders that most commonly affect them when they reach old age.

Forever Young

Find all you need to know to care for your senior dog: weight management, alternative therapies, nutritional supplements, active lifestyle tips, and more HERE!

Continue reading about senior dogs

Join our pet-friendly community! Receive our newsletter with news and exclusive offers for members.

Pomeranian dog with glasses reading iPad

3 Key Lessons From The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic

If you still had doubts about whether studying online had any benefits, the particular circumstances …
Read More
Bulldog smiling with tongue out

How Expensive Is Your Dog’s Health?

Veterinary expenses can vary according to the characteristics, health condition, lifestyle and genetics of your …
Read More
Dog and lady sitting on the sand, watching the sea and wrapped in blanket, at the beach

How A Dog Can Fill Your Heart With Love, Without Emptying Your Wallet

I want to have a dog, but I don’t know if I can afford it …
Read More
Dog with ball in mouth

How To Find The Best Trainer For Your Dog

If you are looking for a dog trainer, you will probably find that you have …
Read More
Woman Hugging Siberian Husky Dog

Teaching Your Dog Good Manners

Ensuring your dog is properly trained will prevent behavior-based problems, both within a family environment …
Read More
Woman kissing Beagle dog

6 Obstacles Between You And Your Dog

If you are thinking about becoming a dog parent, but have concerns, we have good …
Read More
adopt an adult dog

5 Advantages Of Adopting An Adult Dog

If the idea of having a great companion has been running through your mind and …
Read More
shih tzu puppy on sofa

5 Factors That Can Make Your Dog Anxious

Just like humans, dogs can experience anxiety, a state of mind characterized by great restlessness, …
Read More
Cute cheerful family, dog in the foreground, happy parents with baby celebrate Christmas and New Year holiday

5 Tips To Keep Your Dog Calm When Hosting A Party

Celebratory events are meant to be a time of fun filled with music, laughter and …
Read More
Dog with backpack on

10 Tips To Protect Your Dog From A Natural Disaster

We all love animals, but in the event of a natural catastrophe, saving our pets …
Read More
Woman petting Golden Retriever dog

Animal Cruelty State Laws Reach National Level

For every animal lover, cases of animal cruelty, whether it is abuse or neglect, are …
Read More
Conan Hero Dog - Honored by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence with First Lady Melania Trump

Conan, The Famous Military Dog Is Identified

In our article Military Dog Becomes Trending News, we presented a Belgian Malinois whose picture was …
Read More
Military Dog - Declassified photo - Special Operations

Military Dog Becomes Trending News

In our section Working Like A Dog, we praise the valuable contribution that working dogs …
Read More
Baby Little Red Riding Hood with wolf dog as grandma

Halloween – An Opportunity To Channel Your Inner Child

Let your inner child shine this Halloween. Enjoy quality time with your pet and why …
Read More
Adorable Maltese puppies in basket

Tips For Maltese Pet Parents

Glamorous, intelligent, and affectionate pets, Maltese dogs have the perfect temperament for being ideal companions …
Read More
German Shepherd Dogs Running - K-9 Unit

Forgotten 9/11 Heroes – Search & Rescue Dogs

Dutch artist Charlotte Dumas has been using her camera to reveal the insights into the human-animal …
Read More
Couple looking at map with dog, traveling in car

The Ultimate Pet Health Travel Guide

Your dog’s overall well-being is always important, but when traveling, ensuring all their medical needs …
Read More
pug con sobrepeso prevenir obesidad

How To Prevent Obesity In Pets

Preventing obesity can extend your pet’s lifespan. Obesity is the root cause of numerous health …
Read More
Portrait of happy siblings lying with dog while parents relaxing on sofa at home

What You Need To Know When Looking For Pet Insurance

Dogs are family; we give them birthday presents and a family portrait is not complete …
Read More
Toxic plants for pets

These Plants Might Be Dangerous For Your Pet

Walking or playing with our four-legged friends, enjoying the sun and the outdoors is certainly …
Read More
Dog kissing dad

They Knew The Dangers Of Getting A Dog

All these dads did not want to get a dog. They were opposed to the …
Read More

Leave a Reply ● Deje su comentario ● Laissez votre commentaire

%d bloggers like this: