Special Report

These Are the Longest Living Dog Breeds in the US

46. Wetterhoun
> Life expectancy: 13 years
> Popularity: Not ranked
> Height: 23 inches (male), 21.5 inches (female)
> Weight: 50-75 pounds
> Temperament: Loyal, Good-Natured, Intelligent

The wetterhoun is a very athletic dog that was originally bred for hunting otters. The dog is a loyal companion and is almost always by its owner’s side, according to AKC.

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45. Croatian sheepdog
> Life expectancy: 13-14 years
> Popularity: Not ranked
> Height: 16-20 inches
> Weight: 29-44 pounds
> Temperament: Loyal, Active, Alert and Intelligent

One of the first records of the Croatian sheepdog is from the 14th century, when Croats brought a shepherd dog to their land. A systematic program to breed the Croatian sheepdog was started in 1935.

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44. Basenji
> Life expectancy: 13-14 years
> Popularity: 86 out of 197
> Height: 17 inches (male), 16 inches (female)
> Weight: 24 pounds (male), 22 pounds (female)
> Temperament: Independent, Smart, Poised

It’s rare to find a small dog with a relatively short life expectancy, but the basenji comes in at a light 24 pounds. And yes, this short-haired African hunting dog really doesn’t bark.

43. Stabyhoun
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: Not ranked
> Height: 19-21 inches
> Weight: 40-60 pounds
> Temperament: Intelligent, Responsive, Loving

Stabyhouns are known to be very patient dogs, who love the family they live with. Bred by farmers with the goal to hunt moles and rabbits, these dogs have a great sense of smell, according to the AKC.

42. Kromfohrlander
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: Not ranked
> Height: 15-18 inches
> Weight: 20-35 pounds
> Temperament: Intelligent, Active, Sensitive

Kromfohrlanders have a very particular smile and are known to sneeze when greeting someone, according to the AKC. They are easy to train. These dogs are also very active and love to climb and jump.