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20 Dogs That Stay Puppies the Longest

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Pug
> Weight: 14-18 pounds
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years

The pug is an ancient breed. It has been with us for thousands of years and was recognized by the AKC in the 19th century. It has a distinctive wrinkly face and big, sad sympathy-winning eyes. The pug has a lot of personality in a small package and likes attention and affection — all endearing puppy qualities.

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Shih Tzu
> Weight: 9-16 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-16 years

The shih tzu is a toy breed with a long life expectancy and devoted fans. It originated in China many centuries ago. Although diminutive in size, its name comes from the Mandarin word for lion. The breed began appearing in the U.S. after World War II, when returning veterans brought their pets back to America.

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Toy Fox Terrier
> Weight: 3.5-7 pounds
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years

The toy fox terrier is energetic, intelligent, and playful. It was bred in the last century for its size and hunting ability. Farmers who wanted a particularly small dog to catch rodents crossed fox terriers with toy dog breeds. The toy fox terrier was not registered by the American Kennel Club until 2003.

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Yorkshire Terrier
> Weight: 7 pounds
> Life expectancy: 11-15 years

The Yorkie is a very popular toy breed that grows up to a mere 7 pounds. Its confidence and playfulness have earned it the nickname “the tomboy toy.” While it stays puppy-like for a long time and is easy to baby because of its size, the Yorkshire terrier requires a lot of care and attention.

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West Highland White Terrier
> Weight: 15-20 pounds
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years

With their bright eyes, sturdy little bodies and pink ears, westies are hard to resist. Bred to hunt rodents in Scotland, they love a good chase, but are also great family dogs. Like other dogs in the terrier group, westies are feisty and energetic.