Special Report

Shortest (and Longest) Living Dog Breeds in the World

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40. Greyhound
> Life expectancy: 13.2 years
> Height: 29 inches
> Weight: 68 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

According to the AKC, greyhounds are the fastest dogs in the world. They have long been the object of fascination of artists, poets, and kings.

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39. Cairn Terrier
> Life expectancy: 13.2 years
> Height: 10 inches
> Weight: 14 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

Originally bred to aid Scottish farmers in catching pests, you probably know the most famous cairn terrier in the world as Toto from the “Wizard of Oz.”

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38. Beagle
> Life expectancy: 13.3 years
> Height: 14 inches
> Weight: 26 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

This loyal and ancient breed was bred to hunt rabbits. It loves the company of other dogs.

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37. Pekingese
> Life expectancy: 13.3 years
> Height: 8 inches
> Weight: 9 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The Pekingese, named after the city of Peking now called Beijing, were abundant in ancient Chinese art. Like many long-living dog breeds, the Pekingese, which has an average height and weight of 8 inches and 9 pounds, is one of the smallest breeds available.

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36. Shetland Sheepdog
> Life expectancy: 13.3 years
> Height: 14 inches
> Weight: 25 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

This easy to train dog is extremely intelligent and is a world-class contender in obedience, agility, and herding competitions.