Special Report

Shortest (and Longest) Living Dog Breeds in the World

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30. English Bulldog
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 24 inches
> Weight: 50 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

Quiet and peaceful, it takes a tremendous amount of teasing to provoke the sweet-natured English bulldog.

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29. Giant Schnauzer
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 26 inches
> Weight: 70 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The active and imposing giant schnauzer is also hypoallergenic. So while this breed may not tend to live as long as many others, it is a great companion for pet lovers who are allergic to dogs.

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28. Ibizan Hound
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 25 inches
> Weight: 50 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

The Ibizan hound is a historic dog. It is mostly recognized for its familiar ears and elongated head that resembles Anubis, ancient Egypt’s protector of the dead.

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27. Irish Water Spaniel
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 23 inches
> Weight: 60 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The Irish water spaniel is hypoallergenic and an avid swimmer. While not the tallest breed, it is also the tallest of all spaniels.

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26. Samoyed
> Life expectancy: 11.0 years
> Height: 22 inches
> Weight: 55 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

This smiling dog was bred for hard work in cold terrains with its heavy and weather-resistant coat.

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25. Welsh Terrier
> Life expectancy: 11 years
> Height: 15 inches
> Weight: 20 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

The Welsh terrier is a friendly dog recognizable by its long beard.

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24. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
> Life expectancy: 10.7 years
> Height: 13 inches
> Weight: 16 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

This pint-sized pup was perhaps first known as the preferred pet of King Charles II. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel remains quite popular.

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23. Boxer
> Life expectancy: 10.4 years
> Height: 24 inches
> Weight: 70 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The boxer is a tall, muscular dog whose original use was as a police dog.

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22. German Shepherd
> Life expectancy: 10.3 years
> Height: 25 inches
> Weight: 83 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

A true dog-lover’s dog, the German shepherd is an all-purpose worker and the AKC’s second most popular breed of all time.

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21. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
> Life expectancy: 10.2 years
> Height: 27 inches
> Weight: 135 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

These immense dogs weigh as much as a mid-sized human, but they are famously even-tempered and family oriented. The breed is sixth heaviest of all breeds considered for this ranking.