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These Are the Longest Living Dog Breeds in the US

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26. Shiba onu
> Life expectancy: 13-16 years
> Popularity: 43 out of 197
> Height: 14.5-16.5 inches (male), 13.5-15.5 inches (female)
> Weight: 23 pounds (male), 17 pounds (female)
> Temperament: Alert, Active, Attentive

The shiba inu is the most popular breed in its homeland of Japan. The breed was introduced to the United States as recently as 60 years ago.

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25. Xoloitzcuintli
> Life expectancy: 13-18 years
> Popularity: 131 out of 197
> Height: 10-14 inches (toy), 14-18 inches (miniature), 18-23 inches (standard)
> Weight: 10-15 pounds (toy), 15-30 pounds (miniature), 30-55 pounds (standard)
> Temperament: Loyal, Alert, Calm

The Xoloitzcuintli was named after an Aztec god — the Aztecs revered the breed and believed it to have healing powers. One of the world’s most ancient breeds, it was actually registered with the AKC from 1887 to 1959 as the “Mexican Hairless” dog, but was dropped because of insufficient numbers being bred and registered. The Xoloitzcuintl was subsequently revived and officially recognized in 2010.

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24. Chinese crested
> Life expectancy: 13-18 years
> Popularity: 79 out of 197
> Height: 11-13 inches
> Weight: 8-12 pounds
> Temperament: Affectionate, Alert, Lively

The Chinese crested is a small dog with a big heart. These alert and affectionate dogs are said to be cat-like, enjoying sitting in high places, according to the AKC.

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23. Pudelpointer
> Life expectancy: ~14 years
> Popularity: out of 197
> Height: 22-26 inches
> Weight: 45-70 pounds
> Temperament: Friendly, Smart, Willing to Please

The pudelpointer is a versatile hunting dog from Germany. The dog, which has been assigned to the sporting group, is a cross between a pointer and a poodle, whose genes are more dominant, according to AKC.

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22. Portuguese pointer
> Life expectancy: ~14 years
> Popularity: out of 197
> Height: 21-22 inches
> Weight: 35-59 pounds
> Temperament: Affectionate, Smart, Energetic

The Portuguese pointer is a medium-sized hunting dog, known for being very devoted to its owners, according to the AKC. The breed originated in the Iberian Peninsula sometime in the 12th century.