Special Report

The Dogs With the Shortest Lifespan

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4. Bullmastiff
> Life expectancy: 7-9 years
> Popularity: 55 out of 197
> Height: 25-27 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
> Weight: 110-130 pounds (male), 100-120 pounds (female)
> Temperament: Affectionate, Loyal, Brave

As the name suggests, the bullmastiff is the result of bulldog and mastiff crosses. It was bred to guard country estates and game preserves from poachers. It is large, tipping the scale at up to 130 pounds, and is powerful and intimidating. The bullmastiff requires careful training.

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3. Mastiff
> Life expectancy: 6-10 years
> Popularity: 33 out of 197
> Height: 30 inches & up (male), 27.5 inches & up (female)
> Weight: 160-230 pounds (male), 120-170 pounds (female)
> Temperament: Courageous, Dignified, Good-Natured

Due to their large size, mastiffs make an immediately imposing impression on newcomers, but they are known for being good-natured and docile. The mastiff is the heaviest dog, clocking in at an average of 160 pounds.

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2. Irish wolfhound
> Life expectancy: 6-8 years
> Popularity: 74 out of 197
> Height: 32 inches minimum (male), 30 inches minimum (female)
> Weight: 120 pounds (male), 105 pounds (female)
> Temperament: Courageous, Dignified, Calm

The Irish wolfhound is a massive, muscular dog. Perhaps at odds with its imposing appearance, owners of this breed report Irish wolfhounds as calm and quiet dogs.

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1. Dogue de Bordeaux
> Life expectancy: 5-8 years
> Popularity: 71 out of 197
> Height: 23.27 inches (male), 23-26 inches (female)
> Weight: 110 pounds & up (male), 99 pounds & up (female)
> Temperament: Affectionate, Loyal, Courageous

Dogue is French for “mastiff,” and this is a big, muscular breed with a massive head. While it is not aggressive, it is not great with other dogs. Dogue de Bordeaux was featured in the 1989 Tom Hanks’ movie “Turner and Hooch” but was not recognized by the AKC until 2008.

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