Special Report

Shortest (and Longest) Living Dog Breeds in the World

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20. Pointer
> Life expectancy: 14.0 years
> Height: 27 inches
> Weight: 65 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

The pointer is a true hunters dog that possesses courage, stamina, and grace. Longevity in dog breeds normally accompanies small stature, but not in this case. The average pointer weighs 65 pounds, exceptionally heavy compared to other long-living dogs.

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19. Bedlington Terrier
> Life expectancy: 14.3 years
> Height: 16 inches
> Weight: 20 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

A hypoallergenic dog that resembles a lamb, Bedlingtons are high-energy charmers with great sprinting ability.

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18. Tibetan Terrier
> Life expectancy: 14.3 years
> Height: 15 inches
> Weight: 24 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The Tibetan terrier is a double-coated dog that was bred and raised by Tibetan lamas nearly 2,000 years ago.

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17. Whippet
> Life expectancy: 14.3 years
> Height: 19 inches
> Weight: 23 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

Closely resembling a miniature greyhound, whippets can reach a speed of 35 miles per hour but much prefer a quiet afternoon.

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16. Havanese
> Life expectancy: 14.5 years
> Height: 10 inches
> Weight: 10 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The Havanese is Cuba’s national dog. The breed is distinctive for its trademark curled-over tail.

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15. Australian Terrier
> Life expectancy: 15.0 years
> Height: 10 inches
> Weight: 12 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

Australian terriers are a small and very active breed that can manage in most climates. This breed is one of over a dozen terriers with the longest life expectancy.

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14. Boston Terrier
> Life expectancy: 15.0 years
> Height: 16 inches
> Weight: 20 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

Famous for its “tuxedo” coat, the Boston terrier is known as a relatively intelligent breed. These dogs are also known as one the nation’s oldest and best documented breeds. The first Boston Terrier was a cross between an English bulldog and a white English terrier.

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13. Italian Greyhound
> Life expectancy: 15.0 years
> Height: 22 inches
> Weight: 38 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

The Italian greyhound is a much smaller version of its relative, the greyhound, is adaptable for both city and country life.

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12. Manchester Terrier
> Life expectancy: 15.0 years
> Height: 16 inches
> Weight: 18 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

The Manchester terrier is a loyal and racy breed that comes in two sizes: toy and standard.

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11. Miniature Pinscher
> Life expectancy: 15.0 years
> Height: 11 inches
> Weight: 9 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

Miniature pinschers are small and athletic dogs known for having a “big dog” personality.