Top 10 Short Legged Dogs: Find Your Perfect Companion!

Nevertheless, in this article, we will only be focusing on short legged dog breeds, whether they have long ears, big snouts, or excessive hair.

If you are here, we are assuming that you are thinking about adopting short legged dogs or being really fascinated by these miniature beings, and you just want to know more about them.

Whatever your reason may be, you will absolutely enjoy reading this delightful report. So, let’s begin!

Dogs are one of the cutest and the friendliest of animals globally, which is why you will find most dogs living with humans.

Did you know that there are as many as three hundred and forty breeds of dogs in the world? However, according to the American Kennel Club, only one hundred and ninety-two are officially recognized.

The AKC includes new breeds on the list every year. Hence, it’s quite a challenge to keep up with this canine community.

1. short legged Dachshund

Dachshund - short legged dog

The Dachshund may also be known as the weiner dog. With a mass of seven to fifteen kilograms, this cute dog has short legs and long body. It may have smooth, wired and long hair.

Originally from Germany, this buddy can be courageous, playful, bubbly, clever, stubborn and loyal. Its fur color may differ, and can be cream, chocolate, red, tan, bluish tan and blackish tan.

Additionally, it has a tendency to prey on rabbits, foxes and badgers if trained to hunt. It likes to bark, howl and look for adventure.

Furthermore, it loves to socialize with kids and family, although it takes time for it to trust strangers. But if you adopt it, it won’t mind living in a small apartment. It will also not bother you when you’re busy, as it is not the clingy type.

2. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi short legged dog

Pembroke Welsh Corgi is known to help in cattle herding. The male corgi approximately weighs about ten to fourteen kilograms, whereas the female weighs around ten to thirteen kilograms.

Born and bred in Pembrokeshire, this little dog can live for up to fifteen years, and grow up to twelve inches in height. It is known for being bold, outgoing, protective, persistent, but congenial.

In fact, it is one keen-eyed watchdog that will protect its family at all cost. Generally, its coat can constitute of a few colors, namely fawn, sable, red, blackish white and blackish tan.

It can adapt to any environment, hot or cold, very quickly. It won’t mind your small apartment or your lack of experience in dog raising. In fact, you will learn more from it as time goes by.

Moreover, it is a very social breed, and can get along with everybody, even with strangers. On the flip side, this pooch sheds a lot, so you may need to clean your house more often, and take your dog to the saloon at least once a month.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a very energetic dog, so make sure you give it a lot of your time and affection.

3. Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cardigan Welsh Corgi short legged dog

There are two ways to differentiate between the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The Pembroke Corgi has no tail, but the Cardigan Corgi has a long tail. Also, the Pembroke has pointy ears, whereas the Cardigan has round ears.

The female Cardigan Welsh Corgi can weigh about eleven to fifteen kilograms, while the male can weigh around fourteen to seventeen kilograms. Both the male and the female can reach up to a height of thirty three centimetre. Having its origin in Wales, this pooch can live for as long as fifteen years.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is as adaptable as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and it gets along with everybody quite well. Just like its sibling, it can tolerate any weather – hot or cold. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is also intelligent, quiet and easy to train.  On the flip side, it just sheds as much as the Pembroke.

4. Sussex Spaniel – Short Legged Dogs

Sussex Spaniel

As the name suggests, this dog breed is from Sussex of Southern England. The Sussex Spaniel can resemble the Clumber Spaniel. By way of contrast, it is quite slow and calm though.

The mongrel can weigh about sixteen to twenty kilograms, and grow up to thirty eight centimetre. Its coat has a very beautiful golden, brown hue, and the dog has significantly long ears. On average, it can live for roughly fifteen years.

What is more, the Sussex Spaniel has a well-built body with heavy bone structure and deep chest. It is very strong and possesses great tolerance. In addition, it is very friendly, devoted, social, cheerful, and has a great personality.

5. Basset Hound – Short Legged Dogs

Basset Hound

Belonging to the hound family, initially, the Basset was bred to hunt hare. It has an acute sense of smell. The Basset Hound may also be known to some as Hush Puppy. To tell the truth, there are six types of basset breeds in France, but our discussion will center around the Basset Hound.

The female can weigh approximately twenty to twenty seven kilograms, and the male about twenty three to twenty nine kilograms. Equally important, the female can grow as much as thirty six centimetre, and the male up to thirty eight centimetre. As a rule, it can live for almost twelve years.

The Basset Hound has a lovely coat tinted with the colors lemon and white, white and chocolate, black and brown, and red and white. The good news is that it doesn’t shed much, so you can give out a sigh of relief.

In any case, it needs more affection because of its sensitive nature. To be honest, it can be difficult to train but it has a heightened sense of wanderlust and hunting drive. On top of that, it needs space to roam around, so this hound is not apartment-friendly.

6. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier belongs to the Terrier family and is originally from Scotland. Also known as the gentleman of the Terriers, it has a long body, and a crown of hair at the top.

To begin, it has a life expectancy of about fifteen years and can put on eight to eleven kilograms of weight when fully grown. Naturally amiable, jolly, independent and persevering, you can find a true soul mate with this breed.

It can adapt to any environment, whether in the city or in the countryside. Possessing a gentle and pleasant nature, it builds a good relationship with adults and kids, even though it was initially bred to hunt badgers and otters.

On the downside, it can shed a lot, and also drool considerably. Additionally, it may have the tendency to chew, nip and bite, since it is so playful. Overall, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an energetic, playful buddy you will enjoy to have around.

7. Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel- short legged dog

Despite the fact that it is nothing like the Spaniels that are gun dogs, this dog breed is still known as the Tibetan Spaniel found in Tibet. It can live for as long as fifteen solid years, and attain a weight of four to seven kilograms on average as an adult.

The Tibetan Spaniel is known for its happy-go-lucky, high spirited, assertive, quick-witted and independent temperament. Furthermore, its coat can vary from shades of gold, cream, red, blackish white and blackish tan.

It is a loyal companion and a diligent watchdog. It is a very sensitive dog, so be mindful of how you behave and talk to it, but this pooch can adapt to the apartment lifestyle pretty easily. However, it can drool and shed as much as the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, so beware.

Moreover, due to its polite nature, it won’t bark and howl, and wake up the entire neighborhood. In all, you will enjoy being with such a peaceful, intelligent and playful creature.

8. Pekingese

Pekingese - Short Legged Dog

Pekingese is a toy dog from China. Having an average life expectancy of fifteen years, this little breed can weigh up to six kilograms when fully grown. This breed can reach a height of approximately nine inches. To add, you may find this breed coming in different shades of coating, not limited to black and tan, fawn, grey and cream.

What’s more, the Pekingese is a sophisticated breed that was initially looked after by the Chinese aristocrats. Hence, it makes sense for it to have a ‘royal’ mane around its neck, including large, sparkling eyes.

In accordance with its royal owners, this breed possesses many admirable qualities, some of which are intelligence, affection, tenacity, and adamancy.

9. Glen Of Imaal Terrier

Glen Of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal Terrier belongs to one of the Irish Terrier breeds, which may also be referred to as the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier or the Wicklow Terrier.

A cute breed that may come in shades of wheat and blue brindle, it can gain a height of about thirty six centimeters, and a weight of around sixteen kilograms.

Although falling in the hunting category, the Glen of Imaal Terrier is very gentle and loyal. Due to its hunting heritage, it possesses active qualities, such as agility, courageousness, and vitality.

Per contra, it needs a lot of affection from its owners. It also does not bark or shed too much. Given proper nurturing, it can live for twelve to fourteen years.

10. Skye Terrier

Skye Terrier

Sadly, the Skye Terrier is one of the most endangered breeds as per the statistics provided by the AKC. Long, lustrous hair over the face, and all over the body distinguishes the Skye Terrier from every other dog.

The female can weigh between twelve and fourteen kilograms, whereas the male can weigh between sixteen and eighteen kilograms. Both genders can gain a height of about ten inches when fully developed.

Blessed with a beautiful coat of dark grey, light grey, blue, black and fawn, this breed of Terrier originates in the Isle of Skye of Scotland. Into the bargain, it has gained fame for being jolly, loyal, congenial, fearless and perceptive. Besides, proper care may help it live for as long as fifteen years on average.

Its distinctive features include ‘drop’ ears, muscular legs and broad chest, since back in the days, it was apt at hunting badgers, otters, and foxes. In addition, this Terrier can adapt to any climate, and get comfy in no time in apartments.

Nonetheless, it can drool and shed often, so you must take care there. Regardless, it won’t make unnecessary noise, it is frisky and dynamic. So, you won’t regret having one as a family.

In Brief

It is not true that short legged dogs don’t make good watchdogs or hunters. As you can decipher from the illustration above that many of these cute short legged buddies were originally trained to hunt.

For the most part, it’s important to add here that there are other short legged breeds in the world, which unfortunately did not make into our list. Regardless, if you want to look further into short legged dog breeds, be our guest.

On the whole, if you are considering adopting one of these cute little babies, make sure to do a thorough research on the personality and adaptability of the breed you want.

Long story short, we hope you enjoyed reading this article, and we wish you all the best finding the right pooch for you.

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