Dog Breeds

9 Long Legged Dog Breeds

If you are looking for long legged dog breeds for whatever reason, here’s a list that will make it easy for you to pick one. Let’s dive right in!

#1 Scottish Deerhound

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If you are looking for a tall dog, there is no way you can miss this one. The Scottish Deerhound is as tall as the ferocity of its name. In fact, at about 32 inches when it stands, this is one of the tallest breeds thanks in no small part to its beautiful long legs.

And they are not just gorgeous to look at. These long legs played a very important role in the past when these dogs were used to stalk giant deer in the wild. Now you get where the name comes from, don’t you?

But the haunting name notwithstanding, Scottish Deerhounds are actually gentle dogs. They are polite and loyal to their humans. And they like hanging out with humans while also being quite excited about training.

That’s what makes them really good family dogs but only if you have older children. They are big dogs that were hunters at one point in time. So make sure you give them plenty of exercise in the form of fun activities to keep them happy.

These dogs have a wiry coat and it demands a little bit of maintenance. Otherwise, the fur gets unruly. So, if you want to get one of these, you want to prepare a weekly brushing routine just around the time you give them a bath too. This not only keeps them looking neat but also helps reduce shedding, which is typically a seasonal occurrence.

By the way, there was a time when there were lots of restrictions on the breeding and owning of this breed which almost pushed it towards extinction. So, if you are able to get one easily, cherish the not-so-little guy.

#2 Irish Wolfhound

If the first one was one of the tallest dog breeds in the world, the Irish Wolfhound is actually said to be the tallest dog breed in the world. Needless to say, it is huge in size and that can be quite something just to look at. As the name indicates, this dog breed is a wolf hunter which explains why it is so big in size. And since it was developed in Ireland, it gets its first name ‘Irish’.

At a minimum, the Irish Wolfhound is about 82 cm tall and when they stand, they can be almost three feet tall. These dogs easily weigh up to 180 pounds and so if you want to get one of these, make sure you have enough space for them to run around and just, you know, exist peacefully.

Even though they were bred to be wolf hunters, these dogs in their present iteration are actually quite calm and make for really good companion dogs. But their hunting instincts are still pretty strong because those things don’t just vanish without a trace. To control that, you need to give them lots of physical and mental exercises so that they are happy and thriving.

The Irish Wolfhounds also make for great service dogs precisely for these reasons. They are agile and really have lots of fun with sports that test these features. They are smart as you would expect hunting dogs to be and learn pretty quickly too. They really like to have company and playing with their humans so that’s a point in your favor.

#3 Azawakh

Here’s another tall dog with long and elegant legs. This is a beautiful looking dog not just because of its coat and fur but also because it is visually symmetrical and balanced. And here’s the fun thing about this dog. Not only does it have long legs but it also has a long body and tail.

The Azawakh is a very athletic dog which is clear from its visibly defined bones and muscles. When it stands up, this guy is about 29 inches tall and weighs an average of 55 pounds. Initially, it was developed to be able to hunt antelopes or hares. These dogs are also good at guarding livestock.

You can see beautiful contours on their bodies which makes them look even gorgeous when you consider that they have a deep chest and a clearly defined muscle structure. They have excellent vision and speed too which is what made them great hunting dogs.

But if you are looking for a running companion, this is a pretty good one to pick. That also means that if you don’t want to run, an aggressive game of fetch will still do the trick. Like the first two dog breeds, these guys also like being around humans and should not be left alone. That’s because they are pack dogs.

#4 Akbash

This is a purebred dog from Turkey with lots of independence. So, right off the bat, the thing to know is that they are hard to train. These were used as guard dogs at one point in history which is why they are prone to barking incessantly with the slightest suspicion.

Now, most Akbash dogs are about 28 to 34 inches tall and can weigh up to 140 pounds. They have a white- or cream-colored coat which is mostly long on their legs and the tail. These dogs usually don’t need a ton of exercise because they were bred with the capacity to sit by a hillside while the livestock did their thing. But you do want them to stay fit so that their protective instincts can be put to good use.

These dogs are also referred to as Coban Kopegi and Askbash. They are a rare breed but you might be able to find them at a shelter or rescue. So, if you want to get one of these, that’s the place to start looking.

These are loving, intelligent, loyal and protective dogs that are the happiest in large homes that have yard space where they can play. They love being near their humans and can get along with other pets too if you socialize them early on. And yes, they are great with kids too.

#5 Xoloitzcuintle

Here’s another gorgeous and elegant dog with lovely long legs. It is almost classified as exotic but it is a Mexican breed dog and is often referred to as Xolo because of its complicated name and is pronounced as show-low. The full name is pronounced as show-low-eats-queent-lee.

The Xolo is a unique-looking dog with its long body and legs and no hair. The hairless variety of Xolos have tough and tight skin. But you can get a variety with their hair if you want. And they come with a flare and short coat.

In fact, even the hairless ones might have a little hair on their head, feet and the tip of their tails. But you can find Xolos in three sizes—miniature, toy and standard. A standard-sized Xolo is about 23 inches tall when it stands and can weigh up to 55 pounds.

These dogs, hairless or otherwise, come in dark colors like black, gray-black, red and bronze. This gives them a rugged look which suits their strong body. Personality-wise, these are sharp and thoughtful dogs. In fact, you can see wrinkles on their forehead when these dogs are deep in thought.

This is an ancient breed of dogs that are said to date back about three thousand years and served the gods. They are very serene in nature but need a lot of exercise. So, be ready to dedicate about an hour every day to make them happy.

#6 Saluki

If you are looking for a tall and handsome dog, this one might just fit the bill for you. The Saluki dogs have a unique look because of their tall legs that are feathered along with their tail and ears. They have large eyes and really cute expressions on their face. Interesting, isn’t it?

These dogs are originally from Egypt and were bred, unsurprisingly, for the purpose of hunting and have been around for a long, long time (read that as about 4,000 years). However, these are also known to be one of the oldest domestic dog breeds. The Salukis are also referred to as the Royal Dog of Egypt or Persian Greyhound.

The male dogs grow up to 28 inches tall and weigh up to 65 pounds. The female dogs are quite short in comparison. They can move at about 30 miles per hour and were initially meant to hunt gazelles.

So, they have endurance and speed and can easily jump over five-foot fences. So, if you get one, watch them carefully. They do have a fondness for exercise so you might want to get them to run around heartily a couple of times a week.

#7 Afghan Hound

Did you know that Picasso had one of these and named it Kab(o)ul? Yes, like the capital of Afghanistan, the country this long-legged dog is named after. But this one has an enviable silky coat. Well, not for their humans because silky coats require maintenance.

The Afghan hound is about 27 inches tall when they stand and weigh about 50 to 60 pounds. They have a regal look about them and seem to walk around with a bit of pride in their step. But when they are around strangers, they tend to be a bit aloof.

You will need to put in some effort into maintaining these dogs. They are not the easiest dogs to train and the coat needs to be groomed constantly. You also need to give them regular baths (read weekly) if you don’t want that long, flowy hair to be matty.

The Afghan Hounds also like a lot of exercise and if they are not entertained with physical activity, they get bored and start chasing the pets in your neighborhood. This is also likely if they are not properly trained. And we don’t have to tell you that that is a problem on its own. Otherwise, they form a bond with their humans quite easily and remain loving and loyal companions.

#8 Whippet

This is a 19th-century dog that was developed by miners in England. It was supposed to be a cheaper option to Greyhounds and are often considered to be mini Greyhounds.

A male Whippet is about 22 inches tall and weighs about 38 pounds. They need a good amount of intense exercise routines like Greyhounds but they also enjoy lounging around the house. And the good news is that they don’t like to bark much which is considered unusual but it is a good pet for those who live in apartments.

These dogs, as you would expect here, have long legs and a long body too. They are also good sprinters for those of you who are on the lookout for a running companion. Whippets are also one of the ancestors of another long-legged dog called the Silken Windhound.

#9 Great Dane

And finally, we have the much anticipated Great Dane. If you’ve ever seen one of these or the cartoon Scooby Doo, you know that they basically look like small horses. In fact, this breed was chosen for the cartoon because there was a time when it was believed that Great Danes could chase away evil spirits. So you see why the premise of the cartoon was meant to be funny.

Apart from their long legs, they also have a large, lean body and stand tall at about 28 to 32 inches and weigh about 173 pounds. But their huge size notwithstanding, these are rather gentle dogs and are very loving by nature.

Great Danes are also quite agile and obedient. They have a lot of patience which makes them a good fit even for families with kids. But not so much if you have infants because they might accidentally knock them off.

These dogs have short hair but they do tend to shed seasonally. They will need to be given a bath occasionally and when you’re done, brush their coat gently. They require exercise every day so that their weight is in the healthy bracket.

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