Experts' Top Dog Breeds

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Knowing a dog's joy won't continue forever makes getting one sad. Dog-lovers want long, healthy lives for their pets. Some breeds have better odds. 

Standard or toy poodles can live up to 18 years, according to the AKC. All three breed sizes have the same lean, proportional frame; they have the muscular build.

Poodles are disease-resistant

Bichons' fur makes them look unreal. The AKC says they're healthy. Teeth and ears need extra care to prevent infection, but that's it. 

Bichon Frises hate ear infections.

The Chihuahua is no exception to the rule that smaller dogs live longer. These 6-pound pups live 14-16 years.

Responsible breeders can produce healthy Chihuahuas.

Aussies need mental & physical activity. Keep these intelligent dogs challenged so they don't outsmart their owners.

16-year-old Australian Cattle Dogs

Havanese are adaptable & social. This extraverted breed's funny antics & lighthearted attitude may entertain a gathering.

Adaptable Havanese

Basenjis aren't popular, but it's not their fault. These independent, poised canines don't bark. AKC testing can screen for Fanconi & Progressive retinal atrophy to reduce the breed's risk of getting these.

Healthy Basenjis

Siberian Huskies are smaller than Alaskan Malamutes despite their lush coats. These 60-pound dogs have a 14-year lifespan.

Siberian Huskies live longer

Whippets are naturally slender, therefore their weight must be monitored. Whippet hipbones "should not appear sunk into dimples of fat," says the AKC.

Healthy whippets eat Lean

Border Collies are nimble performers. They need lots of exercise. This is healthy. AKC recommends hip, eye, & ear exams.

Hardy Border Collies

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