They say the key to a long and happy life is by taking care of yourself.

For our fuzzy friends, this rings as true as it does for us.

However, there can be other factors at play. One of those is, of course, the breed itself.

If you take a quick look at our infographic, you might have caught on to something. They’re all small!

A massive factor that shapes a dog’s lifespan is its breed – and that also means its size.

The reason larger dogs *generally* don’t outlive their smaller counterparts is that their rapid growth makes them more susceptible to musculoskeletal problems. Unfortunately, bigger dogs are more prone to digestive issues, too.

Obviously, trends are meant to be broken, and you may have come across a wise old retriever. It also doesn’t mean you need a tiny dog to enjoy man’s best friend for a while.

We’ve made an amazing infographic to help you discover more long-lasting breeds.