What Are the Top 10 Tallest Dog Breeds?

Updated on June 19, 2019
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The Top 10 Tallest Dogs
The Top 10 Tallest Dogs | Source

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 off of 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 Name
Height
Weight
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 | Source

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 | Source

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

Turkish Kangal vs. Kurdish Kangal

Anatolian Shepherd
Anatolian Shepherd | Source

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 Name
Anatolian 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 | Source

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 Name
Bucovina Sheepdog
Other Names
Ciobanesc Romanesc de Bucovina, Ciobanesc de Bucovina, Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog, Bukovina Wolfdog, Bukovinac, Bucovina Shepherds
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 | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

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

Irish Wolfhound vs. Great Dane

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 for a bigger dog breed, you can refer to this article to help make your choice!

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      Suki 

      4 months ago

      Irish wolfhounds actually get larger than 35 inches they grow from around 28-36 inches and a lot of times even 38 inches. I have an Irish wolfhound of my own. Great Danes also grow 28-32 inches.

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      devarsh khatri 

      15 months ago

      st bernard, english mastiff, bully kutta? well, I think rest of the list is ok.

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      aravind kumar 

      2 years ago

      Wonderful dog pictures

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      ARADHYA 

      2 years ago

      @Grab: Thanks for your notice.

      I Agree wikipedia has the details - "St. Bernard? 70 to 90 cm (28 to 35 inch) height" and according to that statistics them must be in list of top 10.

      But I haven't seen any "St. Bernard", taller than 31".

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      Gab 

      2 years ago

      Where is St. Bernard? 70 to 90 cm (28 to 35 inch) height and 65 to 120kg (140 to 260 lb) weight according to Wikipedia

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