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This Is How Long America’s Most Popular Dog Breeds Normally Live

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15. Great Dane
> Life expectancy: 7-10 years
> Average height: 30-32 inches (male), 28-30 inches (female)
> Average weight: 140-175 pounds (male), 110-140 pounds (female)
> Group: Working

The great Dane was developed in England and Germany as a boar hound, its long ears often left shredded by the sharp tusks of the wild boar. Today’s great Danes lead much less hazardous lives and can make for great pets. They are dependable, patient, and friendly. But as their name implies, they are huge. Standing on its hind legs, a great Dane can be taller than its owner and weigh up to 200 pounds.

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14. Boxer
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years
> Average height: 23-25 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
> Average weight: 65-80 pounds (male), females are about 15 pounds less than male
> Group: Working

Although it was recognized by the AKC in 1904, the boxer did not really gain popularity in the U.S. until after World War II, when returning soldiers brought the dogs home with them from Europe. Its popularity may also have received a boost when actors Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were given one as a wedding present.

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13. Yorkshire Terrier
> Life expectancy: 11-15 years
> Average height: 7-8 inches
> Average weight: 7 pounds
> Group: Toy

The Yorkshire terrier’s confidence and courage make it a good pet to keep in bustling cities, and those qualities have earned the dog the nickname “the tomboy toy.” It is also known for its beautiful silky coat, which has a texture similar to human hair. The Yorkshire terrier requires a lot of care and attention.

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12. Australian Shepherd
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years
> Average height: 20-23 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
> Average weight: 50-65 pounds (male), 40-55 pounds (female)
> Group: Herding

The Australian shepherd is a very cosmopolitan dog. It started out in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain, was brought to Australia to herd sheep, and then became popular with U.S. ranchers, who thought it originated down under — hence the name. It is an intelligent breed with a strong herding instinct and work ethic. The Australian shepherd is closely associated with the cowboy lifestyle.

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11. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
> Life expectancy: 12-13 years
> Average height: 10-12 inches
> Average weight: up to 30 pounds (male), up to 28 pounds (female)
> Group: Herding

The Pembroke Welsh corgi is popular with American pet owners as well as with English royalty — it’s Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite. The corgi is a working dog, strong and athletic. And despite its little legs, it excels at many sports. The corgi is an easy pet to have, and its short coat needs little maintenance.