Have you ever heard of the phrase “short but powerful”? Well, some of these dogs are going to remind you of that and with good reason. Take a look at five short legs dog breeds we chose for you to think about.
This is a popular short-legged dog that is originally from Germany. It lives for 12 to 16 years and comes in a variety of coat colors from chocolate to black to tan and red. The coat can be wiry or smooth. Some of them even have long hair, if that’s what you like.
Breeders have been working on this variety since the 1600s for hunting purposes. These dogs might look small (but they come in miniature and standard sizes) but they can raise hell with the amount of barking they do. Now, you would think that it is why the name translates to ‘badger dog’ in German but that’s not true.
They are called badger dogs because breeders developed this dog with the idea of creating a dog that could dig into badger burrows. But enough badmouthing. Dachshunds are actually very friendly and a rather lively breed of dogs with a strong sense of smell. They are also fearless and can be vicious when facing badgers.
Dachshunds are very friendly with other pets too. So, if you are an animal lover, getting them used to the other dogs or small animals in the house is not a problem. The minis grow up to five or six inches and weigh about 11 pounds while the standard-sized dogs are about eight to nine inches tall and weigh 16 to 32 pounds.
#2 Basset Hound
These dogs are immediately recognizable because of their distinct looks. They were originally developed in France and were quite popular in Europe during the military leader Napoleon’s time. They live for 12 to 13 years. Now, these dogs don’t bark or howl too much but do so occasionally and are known for their ability to hunt small game. This is thanks to their excellent sense of smell which has an accuracy that is second only to the Bloodhound.
The Basset Hounds arrived in the US as a gift to the first President George Washington for hunting expeditions. And even today, these dogs are known for their hunting instincts. Since they have a strong sense of scent, don’t rule that out. Along with their short legs, these dogs are known to have long ears, droopy eyes and big bodies.
They also have surprisingly heavy bones and their legs, while short, are quite powerful which gives them the stamina that large dogs possess. And if you get a chance, check out their massive paws.
Basset Hounds are also quite popular for their dome-shaped heads and long ears. But they do have mournful eyes with wrinkled eyebrows which gives them an adorable look, resembling a sad clown.
They have impressive endurance levels, a lot more than speed, but they do move effortlessly. But Basset Hounds are gentle and get along quite well with other pets and kids too. This medium-sized dog comes in a variety of coats like black and tan or red and white or tri-color coats too. They are about 15 inches tall and weigh 40 to 65 pounds.
They are very chill dogs and have a low-key personality. The stamina and strength of a Basset Hound might surprise you so it is best to get them trained well.
#3 Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Before you start wondering, yes, this is the breed of dogs that Queen Elizabeth II has.
Now, the Pembroke Corgis are very popular in the short-legged dogs category just like the first two examples. Another thing that Pembroke Welsh Corgis are well-known for is their ability to get along with children which makes them excellent family dogs.
These dogs also have a big personality and can bark quite a bit, sometimes at just about anything. They have a strong build and a short tail with relatively lighter bones. They are said to belong to the same family as the Chow Chow, Samoyed, Pomeranian and Keeshond breeds. The Pembroke Welch Corgi ancestors were said to have arrived in Europe around 1107.
These dogs are also known to be good with dog sports like herding, conformation and obedience games. So, be sure to train and test them on these fronts.
#4 Cardigan Welsh Corgi
This is the other Corgi breed, the older one. And you can tell the difference from its signature bushy and long tail. This breed of dog was meant to herd cattle so it was a farm dog that nipped on the cattle’s heels and drove them.
These dogs are originally from Wales and live for 12 to 15 years. Their barking ability is described as moderate and they are quite easy to train too. These dogs are about 10.5 to 12.5 inches tall. The males weigh 30 to 38 pounds while the females weigh 25 to 34 pounds.
These dogs have a deep chest and slightly heavy bones compared to the Pembroke Corgis. So, even though they are small dogs, the Cardigan Corgis are quite powerful. They are typically found in red, brindle, black and blue merle or sable colors.
#5 Dandie Dinmont Terrier
And finally, we have the Dandie Dinmont Terrier which is originally from Scotland. These dogs live for 12 to 15 years and come in beautiful pepper and mustard colors.
They are visually identified by their signature long body and scimitar-like tail, which is a short and curved sword. They also have a full head of hair and a medium-sized coat that can be wiry or soft but needs to be brushed regularly.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier grows about eight to 11 inches tall and weighs about 18 to 24 pounds. These dogs have been around since the 1700s and were popular with rich and middle-class Europeans all through history. But they were most popular for catching badgers and otters. The Dandie Dinmont dogs are confident, independent and smart dogs.
These Terriers have front legs that are particularly small but there is no limit to the amount of energy these little pups have. On the downside, they tend to use a lot of that energy to bark away to glory. This means if you are in an apartment dwelling, this could be quite the problem.
But on the bright side, they are very friendly with other dogs and pets which makes them a great fit into multi-pet households. They are fairly easy to train and you should do that to get a grip on their high energy levels.
They look like little exterminators and are quite powerful too thanks to the strong build and the history of having a tough life on farms. But they can easily adapt to an urban lifestyle which is a relief.
The Dandie Dinmont Terriers are also friendly dogs and have a big heart like the Great Danes.