We love dog of all shapes and sizes just the same, but we have a soft spot for those gentle giants! Let's take a look at the tallest dog breeds:
What Is The Tallest Dog Breed?
It will probably come as no surprise that the tallest dog breed is the Great Dane! The Great Dane is recognized as the largest dog breed (in terms of height) by the AKC. Though they aren't the heaviest, Great Danes stand at around 28-30 inches tall, but are often even taller.
Tallest Dog In The World:
The tallest dog in the world is Zeus - a Great Dane who clocked in at 44 inches tall! Sadly, these gentle giants trade in longevity for size and while the average Great Dane lives to be 6-8 years old, Zeus passed away at age 5.
Other Tall Dog Breeds:
While Great Danes take the cake for tallest dog breed overall, there are many other contenders who much taller than your average pup! These breed include:
Neapolitan Mastiffs - 26-31 inches tall
Scottish Deerhounds - up to 32 inches tall
Irish Wolfhounds - up t0 32 inches tall
Dogue de Bordeaux - 23-27 inches tall
Newfoundland - 27-30 inches tall
English Mastiff - up 30 inches tall
Saint Bernard - 25-30 inches tall
How To Measure A Dog's Height:
While we measure our height from the top of our head to our toes, measuring a dog's height is a little different. A dog's height measurement is taken from their withers (or the highest point in the dog's shoulder blades) to the bottom of their feet. To measure your own dog's height:
- Stand your dog against a wall - sitting and laying down won't work here!
- Feel for your dog's withers - this is the highest point on your dog's shoulder blades. With short hair dogs, you may be able to identify it just by looking at them, but for dogs with long hair, you may need to feel under their fur for it.
- Place a level (or any long, even, flat item) across your dog's withers, with one end of the level on the wall next to them. Mark where the level hits with wall with a pencil or piece of tape.
- Use a ruler or measuring tape to measure the distance from the floor to the mark on the wall - this is your dog's height!
Pros Of Owning A Tall Dog:
- They are gentle giants! Extra large dog breeds are not as fragile and sensitive as smaller dogs are, making them great for families with kids because they can put up with the rough housing that young children might put them through.
- Big dogs are easier to train - typically, owners of big dogs have even more incentive to stick to training schedules than small dog owners, simply because small dogs are easier to maintain! Plus large dogs in general tend to have better manners than smaller breeds.
- They don't need as much exercise as you think! Of course all dogs need some exercise, but their extra large size actually means they need a little less than medium size breeds. Their large bodies put a lot of stress on them, so too much exercise can actually be bad in the long run - so if you're looking for a cuddle buddy rather than a running partner, tall dogs are for you!
Cons Of Owning A Tall Dog:
- They have a shorter lifespan than small breed dogs. But even though they're not around quite as long, they'll spoil you with extra love and devotion to make up for it!
- They need space! You don't need a mansion, but these extra large dogs will probably feel a little cramped in a small apartment. If you're going to adopt a large dog, make sure you have enough space to keep them comfortable. You can also assume that they'll be able to reach your counters no problem! So be sure to plan ahead.
- Costs - the bigger the dog, the more they'll need! This goes for food, medicine, vet procedures, and more. Be prepared to spend more on a large dog than you would a small dog.