Dog breeds with the shortest lifespan
. Newfoundland: 9 years
Named after the Canadian province, the Newfoundland is an equal companion and worker. The Newfie is an apt pupil, strong, confident swimmer, and natural babysitter
Bullmastiff: 9 years
A low-energy pooch who adapts well to most home environments, but his size makes him best suited to a house with a fenced yard.
5. Great Dane: 8.5 years
Great Danes are big animals — as in they hold Guinness World Records for being the tallest dog. They’re also sweet, loyal companions who love to play.
4. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog: 8 years
The Swissie excels in dog sports — such as weight pulling and agility — characteristics from his heritage as an all-around working dog, including standing guard, herding cattle, and pulling carts.
3. Mastiff: 8 years
With roots dating back 5,000 years, this mammoth pooch can weigh up to 220 pounds — in fact, it’s it his size that contributes to his short lifespan.
2. Irish Wolfhound: 7 years
Originating from Ireland, the Irish Wolfhound is another big dog whose life is curtailed due to his massive size. During that lifespan, he’s sure to fill his owner’s days with admiration, love, and plenty of sloppy kisses.
1. Bernese Mountain Dog: 7 years
The Berner is known for his wonderful temperament and being intelligent, eager to please, affectionate, and loyal. Due to the breed’s small gene pool, the BMD has unfortunately been plagued by numerous health problems related to inbreeding, and it struggles to survive today.
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