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These Are the Longest Living Dog Breeds in the US

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6. Manchester terrier (toy)
> Life expectancy: 15-17 years
> Popularity: 132 out of 197
> Height: 10-12 inches
> Weight: under 12 pounds
> Temperament: Agile, Spirited, Intelligent

The Manchester terrier is a loyal and racy breed that comes in two sizes: toy and standard. The toy kind is a fearless dog that is distinguished from its standard sized counterpart by its pointed ear shape.

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5. Manchester terrier (standard)
> Life expectancy: 15-17 years
> Popularity: 132 out of 197
> Height: 15-16 inches
> Weight: 12-22 pounds
> Temperament: Spirited, Bright, Keenly Observant

As the name suggests, this terrier is native to the city of Manchester in England. These dogs are very athletic and are known for their tight coat of mahogany tan and jet black.

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4. Lagotto romagnolo
> Life expectancy: 15-17 years
> Popularity: 88 out of 197
> Height: 28.5-35 pounds (male), 24-31 pounds (female)
> Weight: 17-19 inches (male), 16-18 inches (female)
> Temperament: Affectionate, Keen, Undemanding

The lagotto romagnolo originated in Italy, where it has been used to hunt waterfowl and truffles. Its hunting skills mean it has also been used in search and rescue. The lagotto romagnolo can be shy, so socialization is very important, particularly during the early weeks of its life. As a working dog it needs regular mental stimulation and physical exercise.

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3. Coton de Tulear
> Life expectancy: 15-19 years
> Popularity: 80 out of 197
> Height: 10-11 inches (male), 9-10 inches (female)
> Weight: 9-15 pounds (male), 8-13 pounds (female)
> Temperament: Charming, Bright, Happy-Go-Lucky

The coton de Tulear is also known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar.” Coton is the French word for cotton, which the breed’s white coat resembles, and Tulear is a town in Madagascar. Coton de Tulear is a companion dog, an AKC designation that certifies a dog is able to perform obedience tasks. It is small but sturdy, with an expressive face and a hypoallergenic coat.

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2. Biewer terrier
> Life expectancy: 16 years
> Popularity: Not ranked
> Height: 7-11 inches
> Weight: 4-8 pounds
> Temperament: Intelligent, Devoted, Amusing

Before it was the biewer terrier, the dog was called German Yorkshire terrier. The dog can be traced back to the 1970s and to a German married couple who had decided to breed, raise, and sell Yorkshire terrier instead of having children.