Special Report

Shortest (and Longest) Living Dog Breeds in the World

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30. Glen of Imaal Terrier
> Life expectancy: 13.5 years
> Height: 14 inches
> Weight: 35 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

Glen of Imaal terriers were initially bred to rid the house of vermins. These small shaggy dogs were originally bred in Ireland for hunting.

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29. Shiba Inu
> Life expectancy: 13.5 years
> Height: 15 inches
> Weight: 25 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The shiba inu is the most popular breed in its homeland of Japan. The breed was introduced to the United States as recently as 60 years ago.

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28. Lakeland Terrier
> Life expectancy: 13.5 years
> Height: 14 inches
> Weight: 17 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

Initially bred to protect sheep from foxes, the lakeland terrier is a small working dog recognized by its distinctive beard.

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27. Maltese
> Life expectancy: 13.5 years
> Height: 9 inches
> Weight: 7 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

While known in recent times by some as an accessory of the rich and famous, the Maltese breed has survived for three millennia. The Greeks erected tombs for them.

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26. Papillon
> Life expectancy: 13.5 years
> Height: 10 inches
> Weight: 9 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The papillon is a friendly toy dog that gets its name for its butterfly-like ears. Papillon is French for butterfly.

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25. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
> Life expectancy: 13.5 years
> Height: 18 inches
> Weight: 38 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The soft-coated wheaten terrier is a spritely breed that maintains its energy levels well into old age. Happy wheatens do the “wheaten greetin’” – a big, welcoming jump!

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24. Jack Russell Terrier
> Life expectancy: 13.6 years
> Height: 13 inches
> Weight: 15 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

Originating in England but bred mostly in Australia, the jack russell terrier works to catch vermin and has a weatherproof coat.

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23. Border Terrier
> Life expectancy: 13.8 years
> Height: 14 inches
> Weight: 14 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

Border terriers are a very active and tough breed that have weather resistant coats.

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22. Toy Fox Terrier
> Life expectancy: 14.0 years
> Height: 10 inches
> Weight: 6 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

Just recognized by the AKC in 2003, the toy fox terrier is a small, charismatic dog that has enough energy for a whole kennel. At an average of just 6 pounds, this tiny dog is the third smallest dog of the 148 breeds reviewed.

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21. Irish Terrier
> Life expectancy: 14.0 years
> Height: 18 inches
> Weight: 27 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

The only all-red terrier, this excitable breed is known for its sometimes reckless behavior.

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