Your article failed to include in the list of oldest dogs the Shiba Inu. This is the most popular dog in Japan today, and many of its qualities make it a much better pet than the other dogs listed in your “oldest breeds” category.

Deborah Katz Hunt
Madison, Wis.

The genetic analysis included the Shiba Inu, and the dog indeed falls into the oldest-breeds category .—J. Travis

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