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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
1. Irish Wolfhound
Avg. 28–35" | Max. 37"
2. Great Dane
Avg. 28–34" | Max. 42"
3. Scottish Deerhound
Avg. 28–33" | Max. 35"
4. Tamaskan Husky
Avg. 29–33" | Max. 34"
5. Great Pyrenees
Avg. 28–32" | Max. 33"
6. Neapolitan Mastiff
Avg. 27–33" | Max. 32"
7. Bucovina Sheepdog
Avg. 27–32" | Max. 33"
9. Kangal Dog
Avg. 27–31" | Max. 32"
10. Neopolitan Mastiff
Avg. 26–31" | Max. 32"
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.
Female: 65–75 cm, Male: 72–80 cm
Female: 41–59 kg, Male: 48–75 kg
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.
Male: 63–77 cm, Female: 58–70 cm
Male: 60–70 kg, Female: 50–60 kg
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.
Kangal, Karabash, Turkish Kangal Dog
Female: 72–77 cm, Male: 77–86 cm
Female: 41–54 kg, Male: 50–66 kg
Turkish Kangal vs. Kurdish Kangal
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.
Coban Kopegi, Karabas, Perro de pastor de Anatolia, Anatolischer Hirtenhund, Chien de berger d'Anatolie
Male: 71–76 cm, Female: 66–71 cm
Males: 45–68 kg, Female: 41–59 kg
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.
Ciobanesc Romanesc de Bucovina, Ciobanesc de Bucovina, Romanian Bukovina Sheepdog, Bukovina Wolfdog, Bukovinac, Bucovina Shepherds
Female: 64–72cm, Male: 68–78 cm
Female: 32–41 kg, Male: 32–41 kg
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.
Pyrenean Mastiff, The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees, Pyrenean dog
Male: 70–82 cm, Female: 65–74 cm
Male: 50–54 kg, Female: 36–41 kg
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.
Tamaskan, Tamaskan Wolf Dog
Female: 61–66 cm, Male: 63–71 cm
Males: 30–45 kg, Females: 23–38 kg
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.
Male: 76–81 cm, Female: 71 cm
Male: 38–45 kg, Female: 34–43 kg
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.
Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff
Female: 71–81 cm, Male: 76–86 cm
Female: 45–59 kg, Male: 54–90 kg
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.
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!
© 2016 ARADHYA
ARADHYA (author) on July 13, 2020:
There are many other dogs, taller than American BT.
You can find them on net.
Bolaji on June 29, 2020:
American Bull Terrier is the tallest
Dylan on May 05, 2020:
Surprised the Rhodesian Ridgeback isnt here to be honest mines 8 months and very tall already
Suki on July 03, 2019:
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.
devarsh khatri on July 30, 2018:
st bernard, english mastiff, bully kutta? well, I think rest of the list is ok.
aravind kumar on November 06, 2017:
Wonderful dog pictures
ARADHYA (author) on March 09, 2017:
@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".
Gab on March 05, 2017:
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
Bully And Alangu Mastiffs
Now days Bully or Bulli Kutta is more popular for dog fight and its giant size and muscular appearance. They are tall, strong, fearless, loyal and protective and aloof. They are also known as Bulli mastiff, Sindh Mastiff, Pakistani Mastiff, Alangu Mastiff.
They got their name from the Hindi/Urdu word BULLI that mean "heavily wrinkled" and Kutta, means dog. Thus, the original name of this breed is Bulli, not the Bully. But they are popular as bully Kutta because during British colonization, English people were more convenient to call them bully. The Bulli Kutta was developed in the Sindh region of in India and Pakistan, during British rule. They were created by mixing native mastiff type dog with an English mastiff dog that was bought to India by English people.
Top 10 Biggest Dog Breeds in the World
Despite their massive appearance, large breeds of dogs are generally well-tempered, loving, relaxed and loyal animals! Throughout history, these dogs have been greatly used for their strength in order to protect livestock, guard territory as well as hunt!
A good factor to consider when thinking of adopting any type of dog or one large dog is the cost factor! Here are incorporated food costs, veterinary bills, grooming as well as space! Generally, buying a large dog will cost you a bit more in the first place!
However, they are great family pets loved by family members – getting perfectly along with children and other house pets!
The Tibetan Mastiff is a giant and tallest dog breed. its size can reach up to 71 cm in height at the withers and its weight can go up to 82 kg. Imposing and excellent keeper, he combines the following physical characteristics
The body of the Tibetan Mastiff is characterized by its power. The bone structure is massive, the limbs are straight and strong, upright. His back is straight and muscular, his chest is high and his rump is broad and flat.
The coat is long and straight. The Tibetan Mastiff has a thick and profuse undercoat, especially in the cold season.
The dress is black but black and tan, blue and tan, tan or blue dresses are also accepted.
The head is broad and square in shape. The muzzle is of the mastiff type, square and dark. The stop is well marked.
The eyes are oval, medium in size, brown in color, and set wide apart.
The ears are heart-shaped, smooth, and drooping. Medium in length and placed on the sides of the skull, they are worn forward when the Tibetan Mastiff is awake.
The tail is of medium size, imposing, very provided with hair. It is carried quite high, rolled up on the back when the dog is in action.