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These Are the Longest Living Dog Breeds in the US

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31. Cairn terrier
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 73 out of 197
> Height: 10 inches (male), 9.5 inches (female)
> Weight: 14 pounds (male), 13 pounds (female)
> Temperament: Alert, Cheerful, Busy

Originally bred to aid Scottish farmers in catching pests, you probably know the most famous cairn terrier in the world as Toto from the “Wizard of Oz.”

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30. West highland white terrier
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 44 out of 197
> Height: 11 inches (male). 10 inches, female inches
> Weight: 15-20 pounds
> Temperament: Loyal, Happy, Entertaining

Known as the Westie, this breed originated as a hunting dog in Scotland where the tenacious dog pursued vermin and has retained a strong prey instinct. It has an all-white double coat and an inquisitive expression. It is smart, independent, and energetic, and needs careful training and lots of exercise.

29. Pug
> Life expectancy: 13-15 years
> Popularity: 29 out of 197
> Height: 10-13 inches
> Weight: 14-18 pounds
> Temperament: Charming, Mischievous, Loving

Pugs have a lot of personality in a small package, and they like attention and affection. They are intuitive dogs and sensitive to the moods of their owners, which makes them good companions. They can be strong-willed but are not aggressive. They like to play with children but some supervision may be needed.

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28. Alaskan klee kai
> Life expectancy: 13-16 years
> Popularity: Not ranked
> Height: 13-17 inches
> Weight: 6-25 pounds
> Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Vigilant

The Alaskan klee kai is a spitz-type dog, developed in the 1970s as a companion dog that looks like, but is smaller in size than, the Alaskan husky. Klee kay means “little dog” in Athabaskan, the language of Alaskan Natives.

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27. Standard schnauzer
> Life expectancy: 13-16 years
> Popularity: 92 out of 197
> Height: 18.5-19.5 inches (male), 17.5-18.5 inches (female)
> Weight: 35-50 pounds (male), 30-45 pounds (female)
> Temperament: Fearless, Smart, Spirited

This dog rarely sheds, which is why it’s such a great candidate for someone who suffers from allergies. Just like any of the three types of Schnauzers, this breed has a wiry, tight-fitting coat that keeps debris off. What’s dug up outside, stays outside.