Long Legged Dog Breeds
February 2, 2019
Many of the dog breeds which have long legs are a little on the ‘skinny’ side, but aside from your greyhounds, Salukis, Afghan hounds and whippets there are a variety of other breeds which make our list of long-legged dog breeds.
If you are looking for a running buddy, the following breeds are a perfect idea. A common trait with many long-legged breeds is a need for plenty of exercise, while they mostly tend to have a lax attitude, they will need at least one long walk per day. Those long legs need a lot of stretching!
Before bringing a long-legged breed into your home, you will also have to consider the amount of space you have available for your new family member, If you only have a small apartment, it is advised that you opt for a smaller dog which would feel more comfortable in the space.
One final note before we run through the list, large dogs can be expensive, and it is important that you take this into consideration before buying a large dog. Sure, you can buy the budget ‘complete’ pet food, but you’ll want to fully understand how much your shopping list will be affected when you welcome a new dog into the home!
Here are the top 9 Leggiest Dog Breeds:
- Irish Wolfhound
Naturally, the Irish Wolfhound comes at the top of the list for breeds with the longest legs considering that it is the tallest and the largest dog in the world! Not everyone can handle them on a lead – or when they come and sit on your lap on the sofa. So, getting an Irish Wolfhound isn’t a decision which should be taken lightly. The breed isn’t all too popular outside of Ireland, in the rest of the world, numbers are few or the Irish Wolfhound. Originally, they were bred for Wolf hunting, and they are one of the most wolf-like dogs you can get – in appearance. They have an excellent temperament
- Akbash Dog
The Akbash Dog is one of Turkey’s national dogs, Turkey doesn’t tend to be home to many lapdogs, instead, all of their native breeds were put to good use protecting and herding livestock. Like the Irish Wolfhound, you won’t find many of this breed outside of its homeland. While they not be the slenderest breed on this list, there’s no denying that their legs are long, giving them an almost statuesque figure under their fluffy, usually golden fur. There are probably no better long leg dogs for guarding. The Akbash Dog can weigh up to 64 kilograms when fully grown.
- Pyrenean Mountain Dog
The Pyrenean Mountain Dog is found roaming and protecting the mountains in multiple European countries. Some dogs are big, and the Pyrenean mountain Dog is huge. Despite their size, they are a loving and loyal animal which will protect their human owners even if their lives depend on it. This breed can grow up to 81cm when fully grown, and they are incredibly hardy dogs. They can live up to the age of 12, however, they may still be susceptible to diseases which commonly affect larger breeds.
While the Borzoi doesn’t quite beat the Irish Wolfhound when it comes to size, it comes pretty damn close at a shoulder height of 81cm. The breed originated in Central Asia, but then somehow made their way over to Russia where their numbers grew. In both regions, the Borzoi is commonly used in the field for their abilities as a sighthound. The Borzoi looks slightly similar to the Afghan Hound and the Saluki with the slim body and long legs under their coats which can come in a variety of colours.
- Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound can almost be mistaken for an Irish Wolfhound, but they are not related, sometimes you will see them referred to just as a ‘Deerhound’. However, just like the Irish Wolfhound, they aren’t commonly found outside of their native land. So, Scottish hunters get to take advantage of their ability as a sighthound. To withstand the cold temperatures of the Scottish Highlands they come with a rustic look due to their long and harsh coat and mane.
- Afghan Hound
There aren’t many dog breeds which can match the running stamina of the Afghan Hounds. Even though whippets and greyhounds are great for sprinting, you’d call the Afghan Hound a marathon runner. As you would imagine from the name, they were first found in Afghanistan where they were used for chasing and hunting hares and gazelles. The fact that a dog can keep up with a gazelle is simply remarkable. If you didn’t appreciate the rough coat of the Scottish Deerhound or the Irish Wolfhound the Afghan Hound may be the best option for you. The long and silky hair makes their legs appear a lot shorter, but when it comes to long and slender legs the Afghan Hound leaves most other dog breeds in the dust.
Saluki’s are potentially the most handsome dogs in the world, and that isn’t even a matter of opinion. The air of elegance which they carry in their gait makes them highly desirable as pets. Their coats are short, with fluffy and feathered fur on their ears, tails and legs. The breed was first found in Egypt and proved to come in use for hunting, yet, the Saluki has been helping mankind for over 4000 years! Making the Saluki one of the first breeds ever to be domesticated.
Now, you probably won’t really be able to tell that the Komondor has long legs thanks to the shaggy dreadlock coat which is seen with the Komondor breed. As well as being a breed with the longest legs, they are also one of the most powerful dogs in the world, making them the perfect guardian dogs for protecting the family home and livestock. They look rather unassuming due to their distinctive coat, but this breed is courageous, loyal and strong.
We couldn’t leave Greyhounds off the list, could we? Greyhounds are most commonly known for their racing abilities today, but they’ve had a fairly long history as one of the oldest pure dog breeds in the world. They used to have the task of being a companion to Pharaohs in Egypt, yet, they weren’t treated like dogs, they were treated as Gods and only royalty was allowed to own them. It is safe to say that things have changed now; as you will find plenty of ex-racing greyhounds in kennels waiting to be adopted!