Special Report

Shortest (and Longest) Living Dog Breeds in the World

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10. Miniature Schnauzer
> Life expectancy: 15.0 years
> Height: 13 inches
> Weight: 14 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

A hypoallergenic breed, the miniature schnauzer is the most popular of all its schnauzer relatives.

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9. Pomeranian
> Life expectancy: 15.0 years
> Height: 9 inches
> Weight: 5 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

Pomeranians make a small but animated companion that make loveable lapdogs. The pomeranian, at an average of just five pounds, is the lightest dog on this list.

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8. Poodle
> Life expectancy: 15.0 years
> Height: 13 inches
> Weight: 16 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The poodle is a hypoallergenic breed that is exceptionally smart and excels in obedience training.

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7. Tibetan Spaniel
> Life expectancy: 15.0 years
> Height: 10 inches
> Weight: 12 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

Tibetan spaniels once lived in monasteries with Buddhist monks and were called “little lions” because of the manes around their neck.

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6. Bichon Frise
> Life expectancy: 15.5 years
> Height: 10 inches
> Weight: 14 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

The bichon frise is a hypoallergenic dog with a history of being pampered by French royalty.

5. Toy Manchester Terrier
> Life expectancy: 15.5 years
> Height: 9 inches
> Weight: 10 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

This fearless dog is distinguished from its standard sized counterpart by its pointed ear shape.

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4. Lhasa Apso
> Life expectancy: 16.0 years
> Height: 11 inches
> Weight: 14 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

Originating in Tibet, the lhasa apso is an independent breed with a long, mop-like coat of hair. With an average life-expectancy of 16 years, a normal life span for this breed would be an exceptionally long life for many others.

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3. Miniature Poodle
> Life expectancy: 16.0 years
> Height: 13 inches
> Weight: 16 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The middle size of three types of poodles is a shy dog, but it possesses a loud bark when it hears someone at the door.

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2. Toy Poodle
> Life expectancy: 16.0 years
> Height: 10 inches
> Weight: 9 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

An excellent family dog, the toy poodle is independent and smart, making it a great watchdog. It is the longest-living poodle, and tied for second longest-living of all breeds.

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1. Schipperke
> Life expectancy: 17.0 years
> Height: 12 inches
> Weight: 14 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The schipperke is an agile watchdog built for hard work with a catlike hunting style, making it ideal for catching rats and other vermin.

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