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The 21 Longest-Living Dog Breeds

Is your dog's breed on this list of long-living dogs? The good news is, even if it's not, you can still positively affect the up or down regulation of genes that play a role in your pup's lifespan. These four actions can go a long way toward helping your dog live a long, healthy life.

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  • If you’re a dog lover, you know that our pets don’t live nearly as long as we’d like them to; that’s why one of the qualities many prospective dog parents look for is longevity
  • A recent list of the 21 longest-lived dog breeds is filled with small breeds, who often live twice as long as giant breed dogs
  • While certain inherited physical characteristics like size influence how long dogs live, so does environment and lifestyle
  • Unless you’re a breeder, the genetic makeup of your dog is outside your control; however, there are many things you can do to support your pet’s good health and longevity

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