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This Is How Long America’s Most Popular Dog Breeds Normally Live

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5. Bulldog
> Life expectancy: 8-10 years
> Average height: 14-15 inches
> Average weight: 50 pounds (male), 40 pounds (female)
> Group: Non-Sporting

The bulldog has long been associated with British culture (note the resemblance to Winston Churchill!), but it’s also one of the most popular breeds in America. Its name belies a friendly personality and gentle disposition.

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4. Golden Retriever
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years
> Average height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)
> Average weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)
> Group: Sporting

Golden retrievers aren’t just intelligent, they are hard workers, too. They are often used as guide dogs, in search and rescue, and — as their name suggests — for hunting. Their many other endearing characteristics, including patience and playfulness, make them great pets.

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3. German Shepherd Dog
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years
> Average height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
> Average weight: 65-90 pounds (male), 50-70 pounds (female)
> Group: Herding

The German shepherd is the third most popular dog in the U.S., but is the first choice for many homes because of its intelligence, trainability, and obedience. German shepherds are used for disability assistance, search and rescue, and as police dogs.

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2. French Bulldog
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years
> Average height: 11-13 inches
> Average weight: under 28 pounds
> Group: Non-Sporting

Contrary to its name, the French bulldog actually comes from Nottingham, England — not France.These sturdy little dogs with their bat-like ears are playful, good with small children, and intelligent. They don’t need much exercise or grooming but shouldn’t be left alone for long as they can suffer from separation anxiety. Like other “flat-faced” breeds, French bulldogs are prone to snoring, which can add to their charm – or not.

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1. Labrador Retriever
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years
> Average height: 22.5-24.5 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
> Average weight: 65-80 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)
> Group: Sporting

The Labrador retriever has topped the AKC’s list of most popular breeds in the U.S. since 1991. Labs are friendly, outgoing, and eager to please. They are also one of the most sought-after breeds for challenging work, whether as guide dogs or for search and rescue. When lives are in danger, you want a dog that is smart and dependable.