Special Report

20 Dogs That Stay Puppies the Longest

Sarah Burns

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Cocker Spaniel
> Weight: 20-30 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-14 years

The cocker spaniel is the smallest of the sporting dogs and packs a lot of cuteness into a small package. With a handsome face, big soulful eyes, and a tail that wags the dog, it’s no surprise it has topped the AKC popularity rankings at various times over the years. That doesn’t just go for the purebred cocker — all the spaniels and crossbreeds such as the cockapoo have legions of fans who love their handsome features and puppy-like qualities.

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> French Bulldog
> Weight: Under 28 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

The French bulldog has a wrinkly face and protruding bat-like ears. Based on that description alone, you might wonder why it’s on our list. But it’s an irresistible puppy-like dog with a big heart. It’s also bigger than many other breeds on our list, and is considered good with small children.

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Golden Retriever
> Weight: 55-75 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

The golden retriever is by far the biggest dog on our list and it doesn’t have a particularly long life span. However, it’s one of the most popular breeds of any size and is adorable as a puppy and as a full-grown adult. Its friendly, gentle disposition makes it one of the best breeds for families.

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Havanese
> Weight: 7-13 pounds
> Life expectancy: 14-16 years

The Havanese, as its name might suggest, is the national dog of Cuba. It’s small and sociable. A distinguishing feature is its long, silky coat. The Havanese has a long life expectancy and manages to look like a puppy — even when it has an old-man beard.

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Japanese Chin
> Weight: 7-11 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

The Japanese chin is a toy dog that, despite its name, originated in China. In some respects it is more kitten-like than puppy-like — it likes to climb on top of things and washes itself by licking its paws and rubbing them on its face. Puppies lose much of their coat between five and 12 months of age and can look almost naked before the fur grows back. Another idiosyncrasy is its fondness for snorting and sneezing.