Tall dogs can make wonderful companions.
Not just impressive in terms of their height, tall dog breeds can have seriously imposing personalities too.
And are guaranteed to get you plenty of attention at the dog park.
Tall Dog Breeds
We are going to introduce you to a selection of pups that are likely to grow up to be over 25 inches tall.
Some of these are well known as giant breeds.
Large in all proportions: weight, height and width.
Others are tall and lean, and might look from a distance like a smaller breed. Only to appear enormous once you walk past them.
Tall Dogs Temperaments
Very tall dogs tend to come from either Mountain Breeds, Guarding Breeds or Sighthound breeds.
And they can vary hugely in terms of their temperament as a result.
Guarding breeds like Russian Bear Dogs were selected to protect herds of farm animals from predation and pouching.
This means they are usually very loyal to their families, but distrustful of strangers.
Which can cause problems in modern homes, without very thorough socialization.
Sighthounds like Greyhounds were bred for sprinting speed.
They tend to be nice natured but not overly sociable, and need short but extreme bursts of exercise each day.
Think about the sort of activities you want to do with your tall dog, and try to pick a breed that would fit your family well.
Tall Dog Health Problems
There are some health problems that tend to be common in tall dogs
Joint problems including hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, where the ball and socket joint are malformed, can be an issue for taller dogs.
As can arthritis as they grow older.
Heart problems are also more common in many of these breeds.
They also tend to be shorter lived than smaller dogs.
Giant dogs, large in both height and weight, tend to have very short lifespans indeed.
Feeding Tall Dogs
Larger dogs tend to grow rapidly as puppies. Getting their diet right from an early age can really help them to stay as healthy as possible.
Choosing a complete kibble or wet dog food that is designed for bigger breeds is a good idea.
And there are even some brands that produce breed specific dog food, like Royal Canin.
It can be tempting to give tall dogs larger meals than they actually need, rather than dividing it up.
But feeding schedules should be the same frequency as for any smaller breed.
Tall Dog Care
Caring for tall dogs is similar to looking after any other breed in a number of ways.
But they do have some special requirements.
You will need to make sure that their crate and bed are tall enough for them to be comfortable.
Standard size just won’t do!
And it is important that you take extra good care of their joints.
Try to avoid stairs wherever possible, especially when young or old, and to use ramps for getting into vehicles.
There are also some supplements that have been shown to help when a dog is arthritic.
Picking a Puppy
When you have narrowed down your puppy search to tall dog breeds, now it’s time to get more specific.
What kind of set up do you have at home?
Have you got bags of space that could accommodate a giant breed, or would a slimmer line sighthound fit in better physically?
What sort of time do you have to spend on socialization?
Could you dedicate the several weeks a guarding breed will need, or would you rather not have to hang your hat on getting out and about with your puppy constantly to avoid potential problems?
And how do you feel about health issues? Are you financially able to support a dog that might have to have joint surgery later in life?
It’s a balance with any breed, but as you can see it really pays to do a lot of research before you commit to your preferred pup.
The Best Tall Dogs?
Here are the breeds we think have the potential to make great family pets, provided they are well socialized and you can find fully health tested parents:
Do you agree? Which is your favorite tall dog breed?
Why not share your thoughts in the comments section below!