Big and Small Breeds of Dogs


Picture of comparative sizes of big and small dogs compared to an average man an woman

Big and Small Dogs

The Problem of Internet pictures of Big and Small breeds of dogs...

The sizes of dogs vary greatly from one breed type to another. Pictures of big dogs as opposed to small dogs on the Internet are usually sized to give a consistent picture size and not comparative breed sizes of big dogs as opposed to small dogs.

The actual pictures, weights and heights and full details of dogs can be accessed from the Dog Breeds ABC List



Educational Resource for Dogs

The approach we have taken provides a valuable educational resource for anyone interested in canines - big dogs or small dogs! The normal reaction to these pictures is "Wow!". Children are especially interested in the big dogs! Many children would not have had any contact with the big dogs and the sheer size holds a real fascination with children. The small dogs are viewed as cute and hold an existing familiarity with kids.

The info provided relating to the big and small dogs will help any parents or grandparents to teach their children the names of all of the dog breeds and acquire a real understanding of comparative sizes. We continue with the educational theme by providing a Dog Breeds Quiz - its a multi-choice picture-based format and fully interactive. There is even a Hall of Fame for everyone who successfully answers the questions!

Big and Small Dogs - Their Names and Order of Height
We have listed below all the main breeds of dogs and categorised them in height order. The Small dogs at the beginning and ending with the Large dogs. If you can't put a name to a dog but know the rough size then this list will be of help! Please note that sizes are to the shoulder, not to the head. This is a better measurement of dog size than using the height to the head which would make the Great Dane the tallest dog, although it is not nearly as big as the Irish Wolfhound!

Dog Breeds & Sizes  ( Small Dogs First )
6" to 9" ChihuahuaThe Smallest Dog in the World
6" to 9"PekingeseThe Lion Dog - Sacred Symbol of Buddha
7" to 8"Brussels GriffonHansom Cab Stable Dogs
8" to 10"Toy Fox TerrierThe AmerToy
8" to 11"DachshundThe Hot Dog
8" to 11"PapillonThe "Butterfly" Dog
8" to 11"PomeranianPoms or Puffballs
8" to 11"Shih Tzu The Chrysanthemum Dog
8" to 9" Yorkshire TerrierThe Yorkies
8.5" to 11.5"HavaneseThe Dog from Havana
9" to 10"MaltesePrized Dog of Malta
9" to 10" Norfolk TerrierThe Demon
9" to 10"Silky TerrierThe Sydney Silky
9" to 11.5"Affenpinscher The Moustached Little Devil
9" to 12"Tibetan Spaniel The Prayer Dog
9" to 13"Chinese CrestedA Hairless Dog or a Powder Puff !
9.5" to 10"Cairn TerrierToto, in the Wizard of Oz
9.5" to 11.5"Bichon FriseThe Curly Lap Dog
10" to 17.5" Alaskan Klee KaiA Rare Breed
10" to 11" Australian TerrierNational Terrier of Australia
10" to 11"Border TerrierThe Head of an Otter
10" to 11"Lhasa ApsoThe Sacred Dog of Tibet
10" to 11" West Highland White TerrierThe Westie
10" to 12" English Toy SpanielLapdog of Mary, Queen of Scots
10" to 12"Manchester Terrier (Toy)The Rat Killer
10" to 12"Miniature Pinscher The Mini Pin
10" to 12" Norwich TerrierThe "Jones" Terrier
10" to 12" Pembroke Welsh Corgi The Tiny dog of the Celts
10" to 12"PugThe Dog of Kings & Monks
10" to 12" Scottish TerrierThe Scotty Dog
10" to 13" Schipperke Little Captain
10" to 14"Miniature Bull TerrierThe Gladiator of Terriers
10.5" to 12.5"Cardigan Welsh Corgi Dog of the Celts
10.5" to 12.5"Sealyham TerrierThe Mystery Dog
11" to 13"French BulldogThe Toy Bulldog
12" to 14"Basset Hound The French Aristocrat
12" to 14"Cavalier King Charles Spaniel The Merry Monarch's Dog
12" to 14"Glen of Imaal TerrierThe Turnspit Dog
12" to 14" Jack Russell TerrierThe Scamp
12" to 14"LowchenThe Little Lion Dog
12" to 14" Miniature SchnauzerSmall Beard
12" to 14" Parson Russell TerrierThe Minister's Scamp
12" to 14"Patterdale TerrierThe Fell Terrier
12" to 15" Bulldog The British Bull Baiter
12" to 16" Japanese SpitzThe Pure White Dog
12" to 16"Rat TerrierThe Ratter
13" to 15"BeagleThe Snoopy Dog
13" to 15"Italian Greyhound Gaze Hound of European Royalty
13" to 15" Petit Basset Griffon VendeenSmall Dog with the Big Name
13" to 16"Shetland SheepdogThe Sheltie
13.5" to 14.5"Lakeland TerrierThe Showman
13.5" to 16.5"Shiba InuThe Brushwood Dog
14" to 16"American Cocker SpanielThe American with a British Heritage
14" to 16" Tibetan TerrierThe "Good Luck" Dog
14" to 19"New Guinea Singing DogGazehound of New Guinea
14" to 19"Puli The Hungarian Water Dog
14.5" to 15.5"Smooth Fox TerrierThe Adventurer
14.5" to 15.5" Wire Fox TerrierThe Live Wire
15" to 16"Manchester Terrier (Standard)The Cat-like Dog
15" to 16"Sussex SpanielThe Flusher
15" to 17"Boston TerrierThe American Gentleman among Dogs
15" to 17"English Cocker Spaniel Hunter of Woodcock Pigeons
15" to 18"American Water SpanielThe Great Lakes Dog
15" to 19"American Eskimo Dog The Performer
15" to 21"PoodleThe Stylish Breed
15.5" to 16.5"Bedlington TerrierThe Lamb-like Dog
15.5" to 20"Finnish Spitz Barking Bird Dog of Finland
16" to 17"Basenji The Bark-less Dog
16" to 19"German Pinscher Saved from Extinction
16" to 19"Keeshond The Dutch Barge Dog
17" to 18"Field SpanielThe Field Worker
17" to 19"American Staffordshire TerrierKing of the Fighting Pits
17" to 19"Polish Lowland SheepdogThe Nizinny
17" to 19"Soft Coated Wheaten TerrierThe Teddy Bear
17" to 19"Staffordshire Bull TerrierThe Nanny Dog
17" to 19" Welsh Springer SpanielDog of the Celts
17" to 19"Welsh TerrierThe Loveable Rogue
17" to 20"Australian Cattle Dog The Heeler
17" to 23"Portuguese Water DogTrawler Crew Member
17.5" to 19.5"Kerry Blue TerrierCounty Kerry Beauty
17.5" to 19.5"Standard SchnauzerThe Rat Catcher
17.5" to 20"Whippet The Snap Dog
18" to 24"Dandie Dinmont TerrierSir Walter Scott's Inspiration
18" to 20"Chinese Shar-peiChinese Fighting Dog
18" to 20"Chow ChowThe Dog with the Black Tongue
18" to 20"Irish TerrierThe Racy Terrier
18" to 20.5"BrittanyEpagneul Breton
18" to 20.5"ShikokuThe Most Venerated
18" to 21"Border CollieThe Trainers Dream Dog
18" to 21"English Springer Spaniel The Quarry Springers
18" to 23"Australian Shepherd The Basque Shepherd Dog
19" to 21"Clumber SpanielFrench Revolution Emigre
19" to 21"HarrierThe Hare Hunter
19" to 23.5"SamoyedThe Dog with the Smiling Face
19" to 24"CanaanDog from the Land of Canaan
19.5" to 22"Norwegian Elkhound War Dog of the Vikings
20" to 22"Bearded CollieOlde English Dog
20" to 23.5"Siberian HuskyThe Team Racer
20" to 24" Plott Mr. Plott's Dog!
20" to 24"Wirehaired Pointing Griffon The Rough Coat
20" to 26"Louisiana Catahoula Leopard DogThe Leopard-like Dog
21" to 22"Bull TerrierThe White Cavalier
21" to 24"Irish Water SpanielThe Tallest Spaniel
21" to 24" Vizsla The Hungarian Pointer
21" to 25"BoxerThe Fighter
21" to 25"Canary DogThe Canary Islands Dog of Prey
21" to 25"German Shorthaired PointerThe Short Haired Dog
21" to 25"Golden Retriever The World's Most Popular Dog
21" to 25"Nova Scotia Duck Tolling RetrieverThe Splasher!
21" to 25"Pharaoh HoundSighthound of the Pharaohs
21" to 25"Skye TerrierGreyfriars Bobby
21" to 26"Chesapeake Bay RetrieverThe Strongest Swimmer
21" to 27"Redbone CoonhoundThe Treeing Red Dog
22" to 24"DalmatianImmortalised by Disney
22" to 24"Flat-Coated RetrieverNatural Water Dog
22" to 24"Old English SheepdogThe "Bobtail"
22" to 25"American FoxhoundThe Pilgrim Father's Dog
22" to 26"Belgian MalinoisBred in Malines
22" to 26"Belgian SheepdogWorld War I Hero
22" to 26"Belgian TervurenThe Tervuren Village Dog
22" to 26" CollieThe Lassie Star
22" to 26"German Wirehaired PointerThe Leading Pointer Dog
22" to 26"Thai Ridgeback The Thailand Spitz
22" to 27"RottweilerMarched with the Romans
22" to 28"BeauceronBerger de Beauce
22" to 28" Tibetan MastiffA War Dog
22.5" to 24.5"Labrador RetrieverThe Fisherman's Friend
22.5" to 27.5"Ibizan HoundSighthound of Hannibal
22.5" to 27.5"Spinone ItalianoItalian Renaissance Pointer
23" to 28"SalukiSacred Dog of the Sumerian Empire
23" to 25"Airedale TerrierDog from the Valley of Aire
23" to 25"Alaskan MalamuteThe Artic Dog
23" to 26"Alaskan HuskyThe Sled Racer
23" to 26"PointerThe Bird Locator
23" to 27"Australian Kelpie Sheep DogWater Sprite
23" to 27"Black and Tan CoonhoundThe Raccoon Raider
23" to 27"Bouvier des FlandresThe Strong Guy
23" to 27"BriardThe Emperor Charlemagne's Dog
23" to 27"Dogue de BordeauxFrench Mastiff
23" to 27"English FoxhoundFavourite of the English Aristocracy
23" to 27" WeimaranerThe Forester's Dog
23" to 28"Akita The Most Venerated
23" to 28"Boerboel Dog of the Boers
23" to 28"HovawartFarm Watchdog
23.5 "to 27.5"Giant SchnauzerThe Small Beard
23.5" to 28.5"Greater Swiss Mountain DogThe "Swissy"
23.5" to 29.5"Neapolitan MastiffThe Dog of the Romans
23" to 27.5"Bernese Mountain DogThe Berne Herdsman's Dog
24" to 26"AlsatianThe German Shepherd Dog
24" to 26"German Shepherd DogThe Alsatian Wolf Dog
24" to 26"Gordon SetterGun Dog of Scotland
24" to 27"BloodhoundThe Sleuthhound
24" to 27"BullmastiffPoachers Beware
24" to 27"English SetterThe Dog who Sits
24" to 27"OtterhoundThe Otter's Foe
24" to 27" Rhodesian RidgebackThe Lion Dog
24" to 28"Doberman PinscherThe Tax Collectors Dog
24" to 29"BandogThe American Bandogge
24" to 29"Chinese Foo DogMascot of the Tongs
24.5" to 27"Tosa InuDog from Tosa
25" to 27"Afghan HoundHound of the Pharaohs and Cavemen
25" to 27"Curly-Coated RetrieverThe Gamekeeper's Dog
25" to 27"Irish SetterA Victorian Favorite
25" to 30"Saint BernardThe Saviour of Lost Travellers
25" to 32"Great Pyrenees The Court Dog of France
25.5" to 28.5" MaremmaThe Italian Sheepdog
25.5" to 27.5"KomondorThe Ultimate Sheep Dog
25.7" to 27.7"Kuvasz The Dog of the Magyars
26" to 28"Borzoi Sighthound of the Russian Czars
26" to 28"Newfoundland The Landseer Dog
26" to 29"Black Russian TerrierA Bull Baiter
27" to 29"Anatolian Shepherd DogThe Wolf Hunter
27" to 30"GreyhoundThe Fastest Dog on Earth
27.5" to 30"Mastiff War Dog and Gladiator
28" to 32"Great DaneThe Gentle Giant
28" to 32"LeonbergerThe Lion-like Dog
28" to 32"Scottish DeerhoundRoyal Dog of Scotland
30" to 35"Irish WolfhoundWar Dog of Irish Chieftains

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The big dogs include breeds such as the Irish Wolfhound and the Great Dane. The small dogs include breeds such as the Chihuahua and the Shih Tzu. Compare pictures of these big dogs with the small dogs and the sizes look exactly the same! There is no point of reference to help a visitor determine which are the big dogs and which are the small dogs. The only information to help with this is the approximation of the weight and height of big and small dogs which cannot help with conveying a visual impression. OUR PICTURES ARE DIFFERENT!


Compare Big Dogs and Small Dogs with each other and people
The picture at the top of the page shows the largest dog in the world, the Irish Wolfhound, compared with the smallest dog in the World, the Chihuahua! Every breed on this site has been formatted in this fashion. These pictures enable a visitor to immediately gain a visual impression of the sizes of small dogs as opposed to big dogs. The inclusion of an average sized man and woman also allows people to compare adult small dogs and adult big dogs with the averages size of a man and woman!


By meandering through the site visitors will obtain clear information about each of the breeds of big dogs and small dogs - pictures, weight, height, puppies, history, care and health! The answers to all of the questions on the Dog Breeds Quiz can be found on this website! Another great Educational Resource for dogs - big and small!


Big and Small Breeds of Dogs

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