Top 10 Longest Lifespans of Domestic Pets


Animals play a vital part in many people’s daily lives. Pets relieve tension and provide companionship. Yet, despite all that, pets often live a shorter life than their humans. So, take a look at the list of the top 10 longest lifespans of domestic pets.


1. KOI

According to stacker.com, the average lifespan of KOI is 15 years in other places and 40 years in Japan. Koi fish live for an unusually long period in Japan compared to other countries because of the cold winters. And as stated in en.wikipedia.org, Hanako the Koi fish lived 226 years. 


2. COCKATOO

The average lifespan of cockatoo is 30+ years, as mentioned in stacker.com. However, The oldest known cockatoo, named cookie, lived at precisely 82 years and 89 days, according to guinnessworldrecords.com. Cognitive studies have shown that cockatoos can be as intelligent as human toddlers. They even have tantrums, like small children.


3. AFRICAN GREY PARROT

Parrots live longer than other varieties of birds, have larger brains, and better communication skills. And according to stacker.com, African grey parrots are articulate and talkative, shape relationships with humans, and be emotionally taxing. As a result, they need concentration, socialization, and physical activity.


4. MACAW

As reported in stacker.com, Macaws are active and friendly, with long tails and large beaks. Perversely, macaws need large cages and toys to break in captivity. They are indigenous to the rainforests of South and Central America. Charlie, the oldest known macaw, still alive, is now 114 years old, as stated in oldest.org.


5. INDOOR CATS

The average lifespan of indoor cats is 17+ years, much longer than their outdoor counterparts, who are just known to survive for an average of 2-5 years, in line with stacker.com. Rubble, the cat, is the longest known cat to live for 38 years, as mentioned in itv.com.


6. LHASA APSO

Lhasa apsos are raised to live and introduced in the Himalayan mountains; as cited in stacker.com, Lhasa apso have an average lifespan of 16 years. They are known to be strong and have considerably large lungs to help them breathe at high altitudes. The oldest Lhasa apso is known to live for 29 years. 


7. POODLE

From stacker.com data, the average lifespan of a poodle is 15-16 years. According to genetics.org, toy poodles are among the breeds that survive “significantly” longer than larger breeds. Since little dogs outlive larger dogs, the toy poodle has a longer life span than its miniature and standard-size counterparts.


8. POMERANIAN

Pomeranians have an average lifespan of 15 years. And are small descendants of Icelandic and Lapland sled dogs. According to PetPom, the oldest pomeranian known to live for 21 Years. Two Pomeranians’ oldest known breed survived the Titanic sinking in 1912, ostensibly because they were small enough to be carried onboard lifeboats.


9. TERRIER

According to a survey quoted by the American Kennel Club at akc.org, bigger dogs mature earlier than smaller domestic dogs. In comparison, Terriers have an average lifespan of 13-15 years than the 8-12 years average lifespan of larger dog breeds. Therefore, pets should have proper exercise and veterinarian treatment.


10. COMMON GOLDFISH

The common goldfish lasts the longest in an outdoor pond that mimics its natural habitat, surviving an average of 10 to 14 years of lifespan. However, as mentioned in guinnessworldrecords.com, the oldest recorded goldfish lived 43 years. But, goldfish in small aquariums are likely to die in just 2-3 years.


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REFERENCES:

https://stacker.com/stories/3845/common-household-pets-live-longest

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanako_(fish)

https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/70977-oldest-bird#:~:text=The%20oldest%20bird%20is%20Cookie,Brookfield%20Zoo%20in%20May%201934.

https://www.oldest.org/animals/parrots/

https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2020-07-03/worlds-oldest-cat-who-lived-in-exeter-dies-at-the-age-of-31

https://www.genetics.org/content/179/2/1033

http://www.petpom.com/oldest-living-pomeranian-on-record

https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/why-do-small-dogs-live-longer/

https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/products/books/superlatives/oldest/

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