Shortest & Longest Living Dog Breeds in the World

Shortest (and Longest) Living Dog Breeds in the World

While a good diet and regular exercise can lengthen and improve the life of any dog, the sad reality is that compared with humans, dogs do not live as long as people. Another somber truth is some canine breeds live longer than others. When it comes to dogs, all canines are not created equal, because dogs are not born with the same genetics.
To determine the dog breeds that have the longest and shortest life expectancy, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the average age of death for 148 dog breeds from research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. In addition to weight and height information, we reviewed various character traits of the breeds, including trainability.

Shortest Living Dog Breeds

Airedale Terrier
> Life expectancy: 11.2 years
> Height: 23 inches
> Weight: 55 pounds
> Easy to train?: Yes

The largest of all terriers, the Airedale terrier is an intelligent breed that thrives on physical and mental challenges.

Longest Living Dog Breeds

> Life expectancy: 13.2 years
> Height: 29 inches
> Weight: 68 pounds
> Easy to train?: No

According to the AKC, greyhounds are the fastest dogs in the world. They have long been the object of fascination of artists, poets, and kings.