I believe the average life expectancy of a Chihuahua is 15 - 18 years. They have the longest life expectancy of any dog. You were fortunate to have Rusty for so long --- I hope Roxy lives at least that long.
22 is a great age, I wish they all lived that long. At present I've got 4 at 12yrs, 2 at 14yrs & 1 at 16yrs & none of them act their age
but we've lost 3 between 12 -14yrs due to heart problems They do seem to outlive other breeds though
Wow, 22 years! That is a long life. I've never had one that lived beyond 12 years, however I think one reason for that is they were rescues and all had some health problems when I got them.
Jasmine is the first chi puppy I've had since I was a child. According to my vet, she is completely healthy so I'm hoping she will have a long and healthy life. Chis do have a longer life expectancy that most other breeds.