Special Report

Shortest (and Longest) Living Dog Breeds in the World

Shortest Living Dog Breeds

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40. Airedale Terrier
> Life expectancy: 11.2 years
> Height: 23 inches
> Weight: 55 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The largest of all terriers, the Airedale terrier is an intelligent breed that thrives on physical and mental challenges.

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39. English Setter
> Life expectancy: 11.2 years
> Height: 26 inches
> Weight: 68 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The English setter is recognized by its elegant coat, but is also well known with hunters as a gundog.

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38. Akita
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 27 inches
> Weight: 108 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The Akita is a large, powerful breed originating in Japan known for its use in therapy and its trademark curling tail.

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37. American Water Spaniel
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 17 inches
> Weight: 38 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The American water spaniel is a very rare and active breed developed for hunting. It is the official State Dog of Wisconsin.

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36. Basenji
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 17 inches
> Weight: 24 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

It’s rare to find a small dog with a relatively short life expectancy, but the basenji comes in at a light 24 pounds. And yes, this short-haired African hunting dog really doesn’t bark.

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35. Belgian Malinois
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 25 inches
> Weight: 68 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The Belgian Malinois, a big, high-energy dog, got its name after being bred in the Belgian city of Malines.

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34. Borzoi
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 28 inches
> Weight: 90 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

Bred to be swift and strong hunters, the borzoi can reach speeds of 35 to 40 miles per hour. Compared to the nearly 150 breeds reviewed, the Borzoi is the eighth tallest.

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33. Bouvier Des Flandres
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 26 inches
> Weight: 95 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

Originally used as a cattle herd and farm helper, the Bouvier Des Flandres is an imposing breed with a big heart.

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32. Briard
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 25 inches
> Weight: 85 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

The briard are large, wavy-haired dogs known for being agile on their feet.

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31. Chesapeake Bay Retriever
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 25 inches
> Weight: 73 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

This family-oriented dog has a waterproof coat that’s oily to the touch. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is the official Maryland State Dog.