Bernese Mountain Dog Lifespan: Are Giant Dogs Always Short Lived

Bernese Mountain Dog Size Chart

The following table shows all known breeds of dogs. There are two types of size charts: one for small and one for large. The larger size chart is used when it comes to breeding dogs to make them smaller or even bigger than their parent breed.

The smaller size chart is used when it comes to breeding dogs to make them taller or shorter than their parent breed. Smaller breeds are usually smaller in size than their parent breed. For example, the smallest breed is the pug. A pug is only 2 feet tall, while its parent breed is a medium sized dog (2-3 feet). If you bred a pug to another medium sized dog, it would become very short lived. On the other hand if you bred a pug to a giant breed such as the Great Dane or Mastiff, it could grow into being quite large!

Smaller Breed Large Breed Giant Breed Pug 2 Feet 3 Feet 4 Feet Bulldog 1.5 Feet 2 Feet 3 Feet German Shepherd 1.75 Feet 2.25 Fingers Cocker Spaniel .875 Fingers Dachshund .625 Fingers Miniature Pinscher .637 Fingers Poodle .375 Fingers Shih Tzu .125 Finger Curly Coated Retriever .0625 Finger Husky .031 Finger

Larger Breed Smaller Breed Smallest Breed

The following list explains each breed, with the dog breeds listed from smallest to largest. The numbers in parenthesis show each dogs average weight. Dogs aren’t the same size as people so a small dog to us is much different that a small dog to them.

For example, a dachshund is only about 20 pounds but over 2 feet in length!

Pug (2 feet tall and 20 pounds)

Bulldog (2 feet and 40 pounds)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (2 feet and 50 pounds)

Chihuahua (2 feet and 6 inches and 6 pounds)

Shih Tzu (2 feet and 8 inches and 14 pounds)

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Yorkshire Terrier (2 feet and 8 inches and 16 pounds)

Maltese (2 feet and 8 inches and 18 pounds)

Yorkshire Terrier (2 feet and 8 inches and 18 pounds)

Chihuahua (2 feet and 8 inches and 18 pounds)

Pomeranian (2 feet and 9 inches and 8 pounds)

Miniature Pinscher (2 feet and 9 inches and 13 pounds)

Havanese (3 feet and 3 inches and 13 pounds)

Bichon Frise (3 feet and 4 inches and 15 pounds)

Italian Greyhound (3 feet and 5 inches and 14 pounds)

Shiba Inu (3 feet and 5 inches and 18 pounds)

Toy Poodle (3 feet and 6 inches and 16 pounds)

Schnauzer (3 feet and 7 inches and 34 pounds)

Dachshund (3 feet and 8 inches and 27 pounds)

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Boston Terrier (3 feet and 8 inches and 28 pounds)

Flat Coated Retriever (3 feet and 9 inches and 65 pounds)

Irish Water Spaniel (3 feet and 10 inches and 55 pounds)

Weimaraner (3 feet and 10 inches and 65 pounds)

Siberian Husky (4 feet and 1 inch and 70 pounds)

Australian Shepherd (4 feet and 2 inches and 60 pounds)

Great Dane (4 feet and 3 inches and 120 pounds)

Bernese Mountain Dog (4 feet and 3 inches and 130 pounds)

Mastiff (4 feet and 4 inches and 160 pounds)

Bloodhound (4 feet and 6 inches and 65 pounds)

Newfoundland (4 feet and 6 inches and 75 pounds)

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Saint Bernard (4 feet and 7 inches and 200 pounds)

Field Spaniel (5 feet and 1 inch and 60 pounds)

Irish Setter (5 feet and 2 inches and 75 pounds)

Irish Wolfhound (5 feet and 3 inches and 115 pounds)

Great Pyrenees (5 feet and 4 inches and 120 pounds)

Old English Sheepdog (5 feet and 5 inches and 100 pounds)

Gordon Setter (5 feet and 5 inches and 115 pounds)

Weimaraner (5 feet and 6 inches and 110 pounds)

Golden Retriever (5 feet and 7 inches 135 pounds)

German Shorthaired Pointer (5 feet and 8 inches and 65 pounds)

Bernard (5 feet and 8 inches and 85 pounds)

Newfoundland (5 feet and 8 inches and 100 pounds)

Rottweiler (5 feet and 9 inches and 130 pounds)

Doberman Pinscher (5 feet and 9 inches and 65 pounds)

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Dogo Argentino (5 feet and 9 inches and 75 pounds)

Boxer (5 feet and 10 inches and 65 pounds)

German Short Haired Pointer (6 feet and 1 inch and 75 pounds)

Weimaraner (6 feet and 1 inch and 90 pounds)

German Wirehaired Pointer (6 feet and 2 inches and 85 pounds)

Great Dane (6 feet and 2 inches and 150 pounds)

Dalmatian (6 feet and 3 inches and 65 pounds)

Rottweiler (6 feet and 4 inches and 125 pounds)

Irish Wolfhound (6 feet and 7 inches and 175 pounds)

Neapolitan Mastiff (6 feet and 7 inches to 8 inches and 150 pounds)

Bloodhound (6 feet and 7 inches to 8 inches and 170 pounds)

English Mastiff (6 feet and 8 inches and 200 pounds)

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Irish Wolfhound (6 feet and 8 inches and 175 pounds)

Dogo Argentino (6 feet and 8 inches and 110 pounds)

Perro De Presa Canario (6 feet and 8 inches and 120 pounds)

Great Dane (7 feet and 3 inches and 180 pounds)

Brandlbracke (9 feet and 4 inches and 180 pounds)

Dogo Argentino (7 feet and 3 inches and 140 pounds)

Newfoundland (7 feet and 4 inches and 220 pounds)

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