Along the same theme as my other thread... Is longevity a key concern for you when choosing breeds? It is something that is really important to me and many breeds that I would consider owning have what is generally considered to be long life spans or at least not overly short life spans at any rate. I love this about Schipperkes, Mini Foxies, poodles etc. A lot of the 'bigger' breeds I love have an average of about 12-14 - staffords, labs, brittanys, standard poodles, whippets. I love Cavs - but the health problems and short life span are deal breakers unfortunately. Of course quality of life and health are big factors in that as well.