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Big and Small Breeds of Dogs

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.

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

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!

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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 )
Size Breed
6" to 9" Chihuahua
6" to 9" Pekingese
7" to 8" Brussels Griffon
8" to 10" Toy Fox Terrier
8" to 11" Dachshund
8" to 11" Papillon
8" to 11" Pomeranian
8" to 11" Shih Tzu
8" to 9" Yorkshire Terrier
8.5" to 11.5" Havanese
9" to 10" Maltese
9" to 10" Norfolk Terrier
9" to 10" Silky Terrier
9" to 11.5" Affenpinscher
9" to 12" Tibetan Spaniel
9" to 13" Chinese Crested
9.5" to 10" Cairn Terrier
9.5" to 11.5" Bichon Frise
10" to 17.5" Alaskan Klee Kai
10" to 11" Australian Terrier
10" to 11" Border Terrier
10" to 11" Lhasa Apso
10" to 11" West Highland White Terrier
10" to 12" English Toy Spaniel
10" to 12" Manchester Terrier (Toy)
10" to 12" Miniature Pinscher
10" to 12" Norwich Terrier
10" to 12" Pembroke Welsh Corgi
10" to 12" Pug
10" to 12" Scottish Terrier
10" to 13" Schipperke
10" to 14" Miniature Bull Terrier
10.5" to 12.5" Cardigan Welsh Corgi
10.5" to 12.5" Sealyham Terrier
11" to 13" French Bulldog
12" to 14" Basset Hound
12" to 14" Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
12" to 14" Glen of Imaal Terrier
12" to 14" Jack Russell Terrier
12" to 14" Lowchen
12" to 14" Miniature Schnauzer
12" to 14" Parson Russell Terrier
12" to 14" Patterdale Terrier
12" to 15" Bulldog
12" to 16" Japanese Spitz
12" to 16" Rat Terrier
13" to 15" Beagle
13" to 15" Italian Greyhound
13" to 15" Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
13" to 16" Shetland Sheepdog
13.5" to 14.5" Lakeland Terrier
13.5" to 16.5" Shiba Inu
14" to 16" American Cocker Spaniel
14" to 16" Tibetan Terrier
14" to 19" New Guinea Singing Dog
14" to 19" Puli
14.5" to 15.5" Smooth Fox Terrier
14.5" to 15.5" Wire Fox Terrier
15" to 16" Manchester Terrier (Standard)
15" to 16" Sussex Spaniel
15" to 17" Boston Terrier
15" to 17" English Cocker Spaniel
15" to 18" American Water Spaniel
15" to 19" American Eskimo Dog
15" to 21" Poodle
15.5" to 16.5" Bedlington Terrier
15.5" to 20" Finnish Spitz
16" to 17" Basenji
16" to 19" German Pinscher
16" to 19" Keeshond
17" to 18" Field Spaniel
17" to 19" American Staffordshire Terrier
17" to 19" Polish Lowland Sheepdog
17" to 19" Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
17" to 19" Staffordshire Bull Terrier
17" to 19" Welsh Springer Spaniel
17" to 19" Welsh Terrier
17" to 20" Australian Cattle Dog
17" to 23" Portuguese Water Dog
17.5" to 19.5" Kerry Blue Terrier
17.5" to 19.5" Standard Schnauzer
17.5" to 20" Whippet
18" to 24" Dandie Dinmont Terrier
18" to 20" Chinese Shar-pei
18" to 20" Chow Chow
18" to 20" Irish Terrier
18" to 20.5" Brittany
18" to 20.5" Shikoku
18" to 21" Border Collie
18" to 21" English Springer Spaniel
18" to 23" Australian Shepherd
19" to 21" Clumber Spaniel
19" to 21" Harrier
19" to 23.5" Samoyed
19" to 24" Canaan
19.5" to 22" Norwegian Elkhound
20" to 22" Bearded Collie
20" to 23.5" Siberian Husky
20" to 24" Plott
20" to 24" Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
20" to 26" Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
21" to 22" Bull Terrier
21" to 24" Irish Water Spaniel
21" to 24" Vizsla
21" to 25" Boxer
21" to 25" Canary Dog
21" to 25" German Shorthaired Pointer
21" to 25" Golden Retriever
21" to 25" Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
21" to 25" Pharaoh Hound
21" to 25" Skye Terrier
21" to 26" Chesapeake Bay Retriever
21" to 27" Redbone Coonhound
22" to 24" Dalmatian
22" to 24" Flat-Coated Retriever
22" to 24" Old English Sheepdog
22" to 25" American Foxhound
22" to 26" Belgian Malinois
22" to 26" Belgian Sheepdog
22" to 26" Belgian Tervuren
22" to 26" Collie
22" to 26" German Wirehaired Pointer
22" to 26" Thai Ridgeback
22" to 27" Rottweiler
22" to 28" Beauceron
22" to 28" Tibetan Mastiff
22.5" to 24.5" Labrador Retriever
22.5" to 27.5" Ibizan Hound
22.5" to 27.5" Spinone Italiano
23" to 28" Saluki
23" to 25" Airedale Terrier
23" to 25" Alaskan Malamute
23" to 26" Alaskan Husky
23" to 26" Pointer
23" to 27" Australian Kelpie Sheep Dog
23" to 27" Black and Tan Coonhound
23" to 27" Bouvier des Flandres
23" to 27" Briard
23" to 27" Dogue de Bordeaux
23" to 27" English Foxhound
23" to 27" Weimaraner
23" to 28" Akita
23" to 28" Boerboel
23" to 28" Hovawart
23.5 "to 27.5" Giant Schnauzer
23.5" to 28.5" Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
23.5" to 29.5" Neapolitan Mastiff
23" to 27.5" Bernese Mountain Dog
24" to 26" Alsatian
24" to 26" German Shepherd Dog
24" to 26" Gordon Setter
24" to 27" Bloodhound
24" to 27" Bullmastiff
24" to 27" English Setter
24" to 27" Otterhound
24" to 27" Rhodesian Ridgeback
24" to 28" Doberman Pinscher
24" to 29" Bandog
24" to 29" Chinese Foo Dog
24.5" to 27" Tosa Inu
25" to 27" Afghan Hound
25" to 27" Curly-Coated Retriever
25" to 27" Irish Setter
25" to 30" Saint Bernard
25" to 32" Great Pyrenees
25.5" to 28.5" Maremma
25.5" to 27.5" Komondor
25.7" to 27.7" Kuvasz
26" to 28" Borzoi
26" to 28" Newfoundland
26" to 29" Black Russian Terrier
27" to 29" Anatolian Shepherd Dog
27" to 30" Greyhound
27.5" to 30" Mastiff
28" to 32" Great Dane
28" to 32" Leonberger
28" to 32" Scottish Deerhound
30" to 35" Irish Wolfhound
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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!

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