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The Top 10 Tallest Dog Breeds

Updated on July 25, 2012

Out of all the types of dogs out there, have you ever wondered which of them are the tallest? Here are the dog breeds that make the list for the Top 10 Tallest Dog Breeds.

10. Kuvasz

Kuvaszock are an ancient Hungarian breed of dog that was used to guard and protect livestock. Kuvasz dogs may not be one of the most well known breeds, but they definitely are one of the tallest dogs topping the charts at number 10.

9. Caucasian Mountain Dog

Caucasian Mountain Dogs (also known as Caucasian Shepherd Dogs) come in many different forms and types which vary from country to country. Although Caucasian Shepherd Dogs aren't so well known throughout the US, they're more popular in countries such as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Northern Caucasus.

8. The Swiss Mountain Dog

Swiss Mountain Dogs (also known as Swiss Cattle Dogs and Sennenhunds) are breed of dog that originated from the Swiss Alps. Swiss Cattle Dogs come in four different types which display different sizes and various unique tricolour coats. Some Sennenhunds are tall enough to make the top 10 tallest dogs list, while others are more on the medium size in height depending on what type of Swiss Cattle Dogs they are.

7. Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhounds are an ancient breed of sighthounds that were at one time used to hunt Red Deer by coursing; today Scottish Deerhounds are often times just regular, loving family pets.

6. Borzoi

Borzoi are Russian sighthounds that carry the appearance of a long haired Greyhound. They are gentle, quiet dogs that rarely bark. Despite their large size, they do not make good watch dogs since Borzoi have low territorial drives.

5. Anatolian Shepherd

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog are ancient dogs that have been around for at least 6,000 years. Anatolian Shepherds were bred and used as guardian dogs to protect livestock from animals such as jackals, wolves, bears, and sometimes cheetahs.

4. English Mastiff

When is comes to the size of mass, English Mastiffs are the largest breed of dogs. English Mastiffs generally come in fawn coats with black masks, but they can also come in brindle and other rare colour variations.

3. St. Bernard

Saint Bernards are a breed of working dogs that originated from the Swiss and Italian Alps. St. Bernards are most well known for their heroic behavior of saving people in snow storms. These giant dogs make great family pets and are very gentle with children as long as they are properly trained as socialized form a young age.

2. Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhounds are often times considered as the tallest breed of dog, and this is true in the sense that Irish Wolfhounds are the tallest dogs on average. That being said, Irish Wolfhounds tend to stay relatively close to their "average height range" and do not surpass that average relatively very often. If they do however surpass their average height it isn't by "that much" of a margin in comparison to the breed of dog that takes first place in the countdown for the Top 10 Tallest Dogs.

1. The Great Dane

The number one tallest breed of dog is the Great Dane. Although on average this giant dog breed isn't taller than the Irish Wolfhound at the withers, Great Danes very often grow outside of their tallest average height range, and it's not uncommon for these giant dogs to surpass their average height by roughly almost "6 to 10 full inches" at the withers which is "far" taller than Irish Wolfhounds that even fall on the taller side for their breed.
Plus, even in circumstances when Irish Wolfhounds are taller than Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds have short necks, so when standing side to side Great Danes are "generally" actually taller than Irish Wolfhounds when compared to one another in those circumstances.

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      deena 2 years ago

      My dog is a lad and she is seven feet tall on he hind legs

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Nice hub, my Rhodesian Ridgback was large enough. I do like the big dogs.

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      Mike 2 years ago

      Wolfhounds are the tallest of dogs. Dane might have the world record but on average wolfhounds tend to be taller.

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      Beldanan 3 years ago

      Having had both Danes and Wolfhounds I can tell you Wolfhounds are clearly a larger dog. GD which are a much more modern breed than the IW and own much of their genetic height to Wolfhound blood which has then been reduced slightly by the Mastiff height genetics. My first IW was 36" at the withers and would have ended up around 94 Kgs. This is not uncommon. They also have a long neck as the standard specifics. The one place Danes do tend to be heavier is in the chest as per their Mastiff heritage. With so many more Danes breed than IW and less stable blood lines (hundreds of years rather than thousands) its not surprising they occasionally through up a mutation such as Zeus who clearly isn't proportional. Love both breeds thought. Oh and yes, as above, your picture is clearly a Deerhound and not a IW. Too light in all dimensions.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      The Kuvasz indeed looks beautiful .. love those canines. Thanks for posting. Up and awesome, interesting.

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      Jef 4 years ago from Philippines

      So the great dane still remains on top! I saw a friend post one huge great dane on his facebook page a few months ago. I don't know if the picture was real or photoshopped. The dog is almost is big as a horse! Interesting article! :)

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      Correction 4 years ago

      First that is a picture of a deerhound not a wolfhound you have there. A deerhound is taller then a dane. A wolfhound is bigger then a dane on average. The dane keeps it's head up and the wolfhound / deerhound (both taller) are greyhounds and keep their head down. The hounds are also longer and bigger in the back end because of the suspension gallop. All these factors make a dane look bigger but the deerhound and wolfhound are on average higher and longer. In any case size aside they are two totally different breeds one extremely fast for chasing game the other more like the mastiff

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      As an owner of a Kuvasz boy, I agree with your placing them on the 10th spot.

      I liked your hub for its content and showing Kuvasz picture on the intro :-)