Shortest Living Dog Breeds

Shortest Living Dog Breeds

Researchers have consistently found that the larger the dog, the shorter the life. The reasons behind this pattern remain unknown, and the finding is at odds with research into the longevity of other creatures. Generally, large animals such as elephants, whales, and primates live longer than smaller animals like mice, rabbits, certain types of fish, and small birds.

Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeauxs, or French Mastiffs, are perhaps the shortest living dog breed in existence with a life expectancy of 5-8 years. What they lack in longevity, however, they make up for in their wonderful temperaments and easy care.

Great Dane


Great Danes are one of the most popular large breeds around, and it’s unfortunate they have a life span of only 6-8 years. Although the time spent with them may be shorter, these dogs are wonderful companions until the very end.

Bernese Mountain Dog


Another excellent companion that excels in the colder weather, Bernese Mountain Dogs resemble small bears. They have great temperaments and are devoted to their families. Like the Great Dane, however, the average life expectancy for this breed is 6-8 years.

Irish Wolfhound


Considered to be the largest breed of dog by height, the Irish Wolfhound really is huge. This prehistoric-looking breed has a life span of 6-10 years.

Neapolitan Mastiff


This breed might win the award for the wrinkliest of dogs. The Neapolitan Mastiff is an Italian Mastiff with an average life expectancy of 7-9 years.



Leonbergers almost resemble mythical creatures or fluffy lions. Originating from Leonberg, Germany, it is said that this breed was actually created to resemble the lion on the town crest. The average life span is 8-9 years.



Newfoundlands are wonderful family companions and excel in colder climates. This breed comes from Newfoundland, Canada and has a life expectancy of 8-10 years.

Saint Bernard


Beethoven made the Saint Bernard a popular large breed, and they make great family companions. Unfortunately, they have a shorter life expectancy of 8-10 years.

Scottish Deerhound


Scottish Deerhounds resemble their Irish Wolfhound cousins, but they are a very different breed. They are excellent lure coursing dogs, as they were bred to hunt deer by running. The average life span for Scottish Deerhounds is 8-10 years.



Perhaps a favorite of those who enjoy tracking and search & rescue, Bloodhounds are excellent when it comes to using their noses. These large dogs have a life expectancy of 9-11 years.


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