10 Breeds Of Dogs That Don’t Live Very Long Lives

If you are someone who gets very attached to your pets and for whom the loss of a domestic animal is extremely painful, we suggest avoiding these dog breeds. If however, you are okay with sharing fewer very happy years with your domestic animal, consider adopting one of these kinds of dogs that don't live as long as others do.


If you’ve ever watched Marley & Me, you know how heartbreaking it is to lose a pet. From puppy to older dog, your bundle of joy becomes your best friend. If you want a dog that will live a long and healthy life, we suggest you avoid getting one of these dog breeds. ON the other hand, if you are plagued with the millennial disease – or rather one of many depending on who you are talking to-, suffer from the fear of life long commitment or feel like you are not ready to say yes forever to a furry partner, these dog breeds with shorter life spends might be for you.

That is not to say that these lovely little balls of fur are any less of a commitment. They require just as much love and care, except, for fewer years than others as unfortunately, these 10 dog breeds live short lives. Learn why below.

1. French Mastiffs

Unfortunately, French Mastiffs only have a life expectancy of about 5-8 years. They might actually be the dog breed with the shortest lifespan. If you do get one of these dogs, at least know they are very gentle and have great temperaments.

2. Great Dane

These big dogs are very popular but they tend to only live about 6-8 years. Like the French Mastiffs, Great Danes are wonderful dogs to own.

3. Bernese Mountain Dog

Great pets, the Bernese Mountain dog would be a great addition to any family. However, these bear-like pups don’t live very long, only 6-8 years.

4. Irish Wolfhound

Even bigger than Great Danes, the Irish Wolfhound has a life expectancy of 6-10 years.

5. Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a type of Italian Mastiff and has a life expectancy of around 7-9 years.

6. Leonberger

The Leonberger originates from Germany and is said to have been created to look like a lion. The life expectancy of these dogs is 8-9 years.

7. Newfoundland

These Canadian dogs love the cold and make great family companions. Their average lifespan is 8-10 years.

8. Saint Bernard

You probably watch the movie Beethoven at least once when you were younger. If you’re a fan of these drooling dogs, know that they have a life expectancy of 8-10 years.

9. Scottish Deerhound

The life expectancy of a Scottish Deerhound is 8-10 years. These dogs were bred to hunt deer and run very fast.

10. Bloodhound

Bloodhounds are known for their great tracking and searching skills since they have an incredible nose. This dog breed lives approximately between 9 and 11 years.

Source: iheartdogs