Special Report

Shortest (and Longest) Living Dog Breeds in the World

Longest Living Dog Breeds

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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.

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35. Shih Tzu
> Life expectancy: 13.4 years
> Height: 10 inches
> Weight: 13 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

This toy dog looks like a mini lion. Mentions of the breed in documents and paintings date back to AD 624.

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34. American Eskimo Dog
> Life expectancy: 13.5 years
> Height: 14 inches
> Weight: 15 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

The “Eskie” was once used as a circus dog and is known for its white coat and triangular ears. With its famous white double coat, this breed is particularly well-suited for colder climates.

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33. Australian Cattle Dog
> Life expectancy: 13.5 years
> Height: 19 inches
> Weight: 45 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The agility, strength, and courage of the Australian cattle dog make this breed a willing and efficient cattle herder that can work all day.

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32. Brussels Griffon
> Life expectancy: 13.5 years
> Height: 8 inches
> Weight: 9 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

This toy dog is an affectionate breed that with a ready and noisy bark makes a good watchdog despite its small stature. Brussels Griffons tend to be just 8 inches tall and weigh on average just 9 pounds.

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31. Chow Chow
> Life expectancy: 13.5 years
> Height: 18.5 inches
> Weight: 60 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

The Chow Chow is a powerfully built dog with a distinctive lion’s-mane and a blue-black tongue. Chow Chows, weighing on average about 60 pounds, are larger than most long-living dog breeds.