Special Report

Shortest (and Longest) Living Dog Breeds in the World

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40. Airedale Terrier
> Life expectancy: 11.2 years
> Height: 23 inches
> Weight: 55 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The largest of all terriers, the Airedale terrier is an intelligent breed that thrives on physical and mental challenges.

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39. English Setter
> Life expectancy: 11.2 years
> Height: 26 inches
> Weight: 68 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The English setter is recognized by its elegant coat, but is also well known with hunters as a gundog.

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38. Akita
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 27 inches
> Weight: 108 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The Akita is a large, powerful breed originating in Japan known for its use in therapy and its trademark curling tail.

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37. American Water Spaniel
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 17 inches
> Weight: 38 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The American water spaniel is a very rare and active breed developed for hunting. It is the official State Dog of Wisconsin.

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36. Basenji
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 17 inches
> Weight: 24 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

It’s rare to find a small dog with a relatively short life expectancy, but the basenji comes in at a light 24 pounds. And yes, this short-haired African hunting dog really doesn’t bark.