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These Are the Longest Living Dog Breeds in the US

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36. American eskimo dog
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 119 out of 197
> Height: 9-12 inches (toy), 12-15 inches (miniature), 15-19 inches (standard)
> Weight: 6-10 pounds (toy), 10-20 pounds (miniature), 25-35 pounds (standard)
> Temperament: Playful, Perky, Smart

The “Eskie” was once used as a circus dog and is known for its white coat and triangular ears. With its famous white double coat, this breed is particularly well-suited for colder climates.

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35. Parson Russell terrier
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 115 out of 197
> Height: 14 inches (male), 13 inches (female)
> Weight: 13-17 pounds
> Temperament: Friendly, Clever, Athletic

PTTs are very independent. They were originally bred for foxhunting, a very popular sport in England. The breed was named after Reverend John “The Sporting Parson” Russell, who was very passionate about hunting dogs.

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34. Irish terrier
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 120 out of 197
> Height: 18 inches
> Weight: 27 pounds (male), 25 pounds (female)
> Temperament: Bold, Dashing, Tenderhearted

The only all-red terrier, this excitable breed is known for its sometimes reckless behavior.

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33. Silky terrier
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 108 out of 197
> Height: 9-10 inches
> Weight: around 10 pounds
> Temperament: Friendly, Quick, Keenly Alert

The silky, as this terrier is often called, comes from Sydney, Australia. The dog is bigger than its close cousin, the Yorkshire terrier — the two are often mistaken for one another.

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32. Toy fox terrier
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 113 out of 197
> Height: 9-12 inches
> Weight: 4-7 pounds
> Temperament: Friendly, Alert, Intelligent

The toy fox terrier is energetic, intelligent, and playful. It was bred in the last century for its size and hunting ability. Farmers who wanted a particularly small dog to catch rodents crossed fox terriers with toy dog breeds. The toy fox terrier was not registered by the American Kennel Club until 2003.