Special Report

Shortest (and Longest) Living Dog Breeds in the World

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20. Dogue de Bordeaux
> Life expectancy: 10 years
> Height: 27 inches
> Weight: 133 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

The dogue de Bordeaux is a large, laidback breed rooted in ancient France. Like most other relatively short-living dog breeds, the average weight of dogs in this breed, at 133 pounds, is well above average.

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19. French Bulldog
> Life expectancy: 10 years
> Height: 17.75 inches
> Weight: 36.75 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

Great for singles and small families, the French bulldog is a relaxed and loyal dog. Unlike almost every other dog on this list, the French Bulldog is not very large.

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18. Newfoundland
> Life expectancy: 10 years
> Height: 28 inches
> Weight: 140 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

A master at long-distance swimming, the Newfoundland is a massive work dog with lifesaving instincts. Compared with other breeds, the Newfoundland is the fourth heaviest, and eighth tallest.

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17. Norfolk Terrier
> Life expectancy: 10 years
> Height: 10 inches
> Weight: 12 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

This fearless and active dog is admired by farmers and hunters alike for his eagerness, loyalty, and charm.

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16. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
> Life expectancy: 10 years
> Height: 17 inches
> Weight: 48 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The Staffordshire bull terrier is heavy for a dog its size — that’s because it is muscular and rock-solid. Staffordshires are pit bulls, which is a slang term for dogs bred for fighting.