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These Are the Longest Living Dog Breeds in the US

41. German spitz
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: Not ranked
> Height: 12-15 inches
> Weight: 24-26 pounds
> Temperament: Devoted, Lively, Attentive

The German spitz is a breed of spitz-type dogs from Germany that is very loyal to its owners. They also make a very good house watchdog because they naturally do not trust strangers, according to the AKC.

40. Bergamasco sheepdog
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 173 out of 197
> Height: 23.5 inches (male), 22 inches (female)
> Weight: 70-84 pounds (male), 57-71 pounds (female)
> Temperament: Independent, Sociable, Intelligent

The Bergamasco is a sheepdog with origins in the Middle East, but it has long been associated with, and gets its name from, the town of Bergamo in the Italian Alps. The breed’s most distinctive feature is its coat, which consists of hair of three different textures layered over its body and legs. This protects it from the elements and from predators.

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39. Finnish spitz
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 187 out of 197
> Height: 17.5-20 inches (male), 15.5-18 inches (female)
> Weight: 25-33 pounds (male), 20-28 pounds (female)
> Temperament: Friendly, Good-Natured, Lively

The Finnish spitz, a hunting dog originally from Finland, was bred to hunt birds. Nicknamed the “barking bird dog,” the Finnish spitz is very vocal. One Finnish spitz is chosen every year for his hunting prowess to be King of the Barkers.

38. Sussex spaniel
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 172 out of 197
> Height: 13-15 inches
> Weight: 35-45 pounds
> Temperament: Friendly, Merry, Even-Tempered

The Sussex spaniel is a hunting breed of dog native to Sussex in southern England. This breed was among the very first recognized by the AKC when the club was founded in 1884.

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37. Grand basset griffon Vendéen
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 188 out of 197
> Height: 16-18 inches
> Weight: 40-45 pounds
> Temperament: Independent, Happy, Outgoing

The grand basset griffon Vendéen is a scenthound that originated in the Vendée region of France. It has a shaggy coat, complemented by a shaggy moustache, beard, and eyebrows. It is a low-set dog with short legs, bred so that hunters on foot could keep up with it.