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

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10. Dachshund
> Life expectancy: 12-16 years
> Average height: 8-9 inches (standard), 5-6 inches (miniature)
> Average weight: 16-32 pounds (standard), 11 pounds & under (miniature)
> Group: Hound

The dachshund was developed in Germany centuries ago to hunt badgers, and its short legs and long body make it good at below-ground work. The dachshund is intelligent and should be kept busy or it will get bored. It comes in miniature or standard size and can have a smooth, wirehaired, or long-haired coat.

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9. German Shorthaired Pointer
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years
> Average height: 23-25 inches (male), 21-23 inches (female)
> Average weight: 55-70 pounds (male), 45-60 pounds (female)
> Group: Sporting

The German shorthaired pointer is a great gundog and a great pet, although it likes a lot of exercise. It is a natural retriever on land and water, and is one of the finest swimming dogs, aided by webbed feet.

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8. Rottweiler
> Life expectancy: 9-10 years
> Average height: 24-27 inches (male), 22-25 inches (female)
> Average weight: 95-135 pounds (male), 80-100 pounds (female)
> Group: Working

The Rottweiler is one of the oldest working breeds and may have been herding livestock since the days of the Roman Empire. The breed combines intelligence, strength, and endurance. Unfortunately, the Rottweiler has sometimes been portrayed in the media as aggressive, but according to the AKC, it is “a calm, confident, and courageous dog.”

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7. Beagle (Two size varieties)
> Life expectancy: 10-15 years
> Average height: 13 inches and under and 13-15 inches
> Average weight: under 20 pounds (13 inches & under), 20-30 pounds (13-15 inches)
> Group: Hound

Bred to live and work in packs, beagles are sociable dogs and like the company of their human families, as well as other dogs. They are scent dogs, which can sometimes get them into trouble and means they should not be left off-leash unless in a secured area.

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6. Poodle (All varieties: Standard, Miniature & Toy)
> Life expectancy: All varieties: 10-18 years
> Average height: Standard: Over 15 inches, Miniature: 10-15 inches, Toy: no more than 10 inches
> Average weight: Standard: 60-70 pounds (male), 40-50 pounds (female), Miniature: 10-15 pounds, Toy: 4-6 pounds
> Group: Standard: Non-Sporting, Miniature: Non-Sporting, Toy: Toy

Poodles come in three sizes — standard, miniature, and toy — and a variety of solid colors. They are smart and eager to please. They are also energetic and are good runners and swimmers. They require regular clipping and grooming of their hypoallergenic coat.