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What Are the Top 10 Tallest Dog Breeds?

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Top 10 Tallest Dog Breeds

Top 10 Tallest Dog Breeds

Tall Dogs

When it comes to dogs, many people believe that bigger is better. If you're reading this, you might be thinking about getting a giant dog for a pet. While basing your decision on height alone is not the most practical approach, many tall dog breeds do make wonderful pets under the right circumstances. Whether you are interested in getting one or you simply admire them, read on to find out more about these fantastic dogs.

The 10 Tallest Dogs in the World

Breed NameHeightWeight

1. Irish Wolfhound

Avg. 28–35" | Max. 37"

105–125 lbs

2. Great Dane

Avg. 28–34" | Max. 42"

110–170 lbs

3. Scottish Deerhound

Avg. 28–33" | Max. 35"

70–130 lbs

4. Tamaskan Husky

Avg. 29–33" | Max. 34"

75–105 lbs

5. Great Pyrenees

Avg. 28–32" | Max. 33"

110–125 lbs

6. Neapolitan Mastiff

Avg. 27–33" | Max. 32"

100–150 lbs

7. Bucovina Sheepdog

Avg. 27–32" | Max. 33"

120–150 lbs

9. Kangal Dog

Avg. 27–31" | Max. 32"

90–120 lbs

9. Leonberger

Avg. 27–31" | Max. 32"

99–165 lbs

10. Neopolitan Mastiff

Avg. 26–31" | Max. 32"

200–220 lbs

 Leonberger

Leonberger

10. Leonberger

The Leonberger is a tall, gentle giant, and it looks a little like a mini lion. This dog originated in Leonberg, Germany, from where it got its name. It is a courageous, intelligent and affectionate dog that is recognised for its stable and calm behaviour. The Leonberger is also known for being devoted and affectionate towards its family.

Breed Name

Leonberger

Other Names

None

Origin

Leonberg, Germany

Height

Female: 65–75 cm, Male: 72–80 cm

Weight

Female: 41–59 kg, Male: 48–75 kg

Life Span

8–10 years

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff

9. Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a natural guard dog and is friendly, calm, quiet and affectionate in nature. This dog is known for being gentle, caring and protective of children.

Breed Name

Neapolitan Mastiff

Other Names

Mastino, Mastini

Origin

Italy

Height

Male: 63–77 cm, Female: 58–70 cm

Weight

Male: 60–70 kg, Female: 50–60 kg

Life Span

8–10 years

Kangal Dog

Kangal Dog

8. Kangal Dog

The Kangal was bred to protect livestock in the Sivas province of Turkey, and it has a very powerful bite. It is alert, territorial, protective and reserved. There is some controversy about Anatolian Shepherds and Kangals, as many people claim that Kangal Dogs are actually the same as Anatolian Shepherds.

Breed Name

Turkish Kangal

Other Names

Kangal, Karabash, Turkish Kangal Dog

Origin

Sivas, Turkey

Height

Female: 72–77 cm, Male: 77–86 cm

Weight

Female: 41–54 kg, Male: 50–66 kg

Life Span

12–15 years

Anatolian Shepherd

Anatolian Shepherd

7. Anatolian Shepherd

The Anatolian Shepherd was bred to protect livestock in Anatolia, which is a part of modern Turkey. This dog is a tall, strong, aggressive, protective and territorial breed that looks very similar to the Great Pyrenees and the Kuvasz. However, Anatolian Shepherds are more alert and active than those breeds.

Breed NameAnatolian Shepherd

Other Names

Coban Kopegi, Karabas, Perro de pastor de Anatolia, Anatolischer Hirtenhund, Chien de berger d'Anatolie

Origin

Anatolia, Turkey

Height

Male: 71–76 cm, Female: 66–71 cm

Weight

Males: 45–68 kg, Female: 41–59 kg

Life Span

12–15 years

 Bucovina Shepherd

Bucovina Shepherd

6. Bucovina Shepherd

Bucovina Shepherds are naturally healthy, tall and strong dogs. They were bred in Romania to guard and protect livestock. They are reserved, tolerant, intelligent dogs, and they have a reputation for being able to take down wolves. They need early training and socialization, or else they have a tendency to become dominant and aloof.

Breed NameBucovina Sheepdog

Other Names

Ciobanesc Romanesc de Bucovina, Ciobanesc de Bucovina, Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog, Bukovina Wolfdog, Bukovinac, Bucovina Shepherd

Origin

Romania

Height

Female: 64–72cm, Male: 68–78 cm

Weight

Female: 32–41 kg, Male: 32–41 kg

Life Span

12–14 years

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

5. Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees is a sheepdog descended from the Hungarian Kuvasz and the Maremmano-Abruzzese. Great Pyrenees are tall, strong, courageous, intelligent and friendly dogs and have a good reputation for being affectionate and protective towards their owners and family members.

Breed Name

Great Pyrenees

Other Names

Pyrenean Mastiff, The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees, Pyrenean dog

Origin

Central Asia/Siberia

Height

Male: 70–82 cm, Female: 65–74 cm

Weight

Male: 50–54 kg, Female: 36–41 kg

Life Span

10–12 years

Tamaskan Husky

Tamaskan Husky

4. Tamaskan Husky

Tamaskan Huskies are tall, sturdy and athletic dogs. They were bred in Finland to work as sled dogs, but they are more popularly known as 'wolf dogs.' They are similar to wolves in their appearance, especially in their coat, colour and face. Tamaskans are alert, intelligent, devoted and protective dogs. They are usually friendly, gentle and calm, but issues can arise if they become territorial or display alpha behaviours. They need early training and socialization.

Breed Name

Tamaskan Husky

Other Names

Tamaskan, Tamaskan Wolf Dog

Origin

Finland

Height

Female: 61–66 cm, Male: 63–71 cm

Weight

Males: 30–45 kg, Females: 23–38 kg

Life Span

14–15 years

Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhound

3. Scottish Deerhound

The Scottish Deerhound is a hunting dog—specifically, a sighthound. They were bred in Scotland to hunt the Scottish roe deer. Scottish Deerhounds are tall, athletic dogs and have great running stamina and speed. They look like a rough-coated Greyhound, and they are calm, gentle, obedient and intelligent by nature.

Breed Name

Scottish Deerhound

Other Names

Deerhound

Origin

Scotland

Height

Male: 76–81 cm, Female: 71 cm

Weight

Male: 38–45 kg, Female: 34–43 kg

Life Span

8–9 years

Great Dane

Great Dane

2. Great Dane

The Great Dane is a large, tall Mastiff breed that originated in Germany. It is considered by many to be the tallest dog breed in the world. The world’s tallest dog, Gibson, was indeed a Great Dane, but the average height for Great Danes is slightly less than that of the Irish Wolfhound. Great Danes are gentle, friendly and affectionate dogs, and they can be trusted around kids and other pets.

Breed Name

Great Dane

Other Names

Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff

Origin

Germany

Height

Female: 71–81 cm, Male: 76–86 cm

Weight

Female: 45–59 kg, Male: 54–90 kg

Life Span

7–9 years

Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

1. Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is an ancient dog breed that was bred for hunting wolves and for use in war. It is the tallest dog breed in the world. These dogs are friendly and kind in nature, though they can also be powerful, athletic and courageous. They have hunting aptitude, but they only become aggressive and ferocious when needed. In general, Irish Wolfhounds are calm, gentle dogs that can be trusted around kids, strangers and other pets.

Breed Name

Irish Wolfhound

Other Names

None

Origin

Ireland

Height

71–90 cm

Weight

40–69 kg

Life Span

6–8 years

Are You Ready to Own a Tall Dog?

There are many criteria to consider when choosing the right dog breed for you. You should only go for a larger dog if your situation allows for it. Are you ready to commit time, money and space to a large dog? If you think you would be a good owner of a bigger dog breed, you can refer to this article to help make your choice!