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.

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15. Weimaraner
> Life expectancy: 10 years
> Height: 26 inches
> Weight: 63 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

Often called the “gray ghost” for its short, sleek coat, the Weimaraner is the ideal companion for runners because of its exceptional speed and endurance.

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14. Doberman Pinscher
> Life expectancy: 9.8 years
> Height: 27 inches
> Weight: 75 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The Doberman are a highly energetic and fearless breed from Germany where they were originally used as police dogs.

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13. Rottweiler
> Life expectancy: 9.8 years
> Height: 25 inches
> Weight: 113 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

Rottweilers are reserved with strangers but affectionate with family members, and they love to be busy. The AKC recommends rottweilers get two solid workouts a day.

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12. Flat Coated Retriever
> Life expectancy: 9.5 years
> Height: 24 inches
> Weight: 68 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

Named for its highly-functional coat, the flat-coated retriever is protected from harsh weather, icy water, and is known for its endurance in punishing terrain.

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11. Scottish Deerhound
> Life expectancy: 9.5 years
> Height: 31 inches
> Weight: 88 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

At one point in time, only nobles and dignitaries owned this ancient and elegant breed. The Scottish deerhound is one of the largest breeds, even among relatively short-living dogs. A typical Scottish deerhound, at 31 inches, is the third tallest breed.