Chihuahuas live long. Some live 18–20 years after 15 years. Little dogs need exercise, mental stimulation, and training. This breed has heart, dental, and eye issues despite being healthy.


Dachshunds typically live to be at least 15 years old. They risk losing teeth and having health problems including tooth root abscesses and oronasal fistulas if they don't get regular dental care.

Toy Poodle

Toy poodles are smart, feisty housedogs. Their active minds need mental stimulation. Toy poodles live 16-18. Orthopedic, optical, and severe dental problems plague the breed.

Jack Russell Terrier

Another little dog that can live up to 16 years old is the Jack Russell terrier. Jack Russells have a strong work ethic because that is why they were originally bred.

Shih Tzu

Shih tzus are versatile and friendly. These dogs need daily walks and playtime. Brush or clip their lengthy coats daily. Orthopedic, dental, skin, and eye problems plague the breed.

Miniature Pinscher

Min Pins are brave, feisty toy dogs. These small canines are active, prancing, and family protectors. Loud children might irritate the Min Pin, a loving family dog that can live up to 16 years.


Gentle whippets. They get along with kids, other dogs, and dog-friendly cats, making them great family pets. Sleeping whippets require exercise. 15-year-old whippets.

Bichon Frise

These canines are attractive with their rounded heads and joyful grins. The Bichon Frise loves everyone. Its curly coat is hypoallergenic and rarely sheds. They last 15 years.

Shiba Inu

Medium-sized shiba inus live 14–16 years. These dogs are stubborn and reserved. They're clean, quiet, and devoted. Healthy dogs can be allergic.

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