Dogs with skinny legs. Dogs with long legs. Dogs with short legs. All of them are great, but they aren't as versatile as dogs with the most amazing leg length ratio. In this post, I'll show you the most popular dogs that boast one of the most lopsided leg lengths. But if you want to know which breeds to get, read my comprehensive breed guide.
Top Dog Breeds for Dogs with the Most Lopsided Legs
You're looking at the best of the best. These dogs have the longest, most lopsided legs of any dogs in the history of dog breeds. And for good reason, of course. Their ability to move is what's important in the world of competition. That's why they have this amazing build.
If you have a dog in a class or show ring, you're probably already aware of these breeds.
How do they win?
When I first came across the dogs in this section, it was their speed, agility, or intelligence that piqued my interest. The top dogs don't need to run like crazy or be super smart in order to earn a place on the podium. It's the same reason the most competitive human athletes in every sport are the long, lanky sprinters and hurdlers. They're the perfect speed for the long-distance race. The distance is so great that they can cover it with speed. And they have a bit more length in their legs than their shorter-legged counterparts, meaning they have more muscle to move their legs with. They can leap up and over obstacles and do all the same things you can do, but they do it faster than you can, and with more legs.
For more info on how to breed and train a dog with lopsided legs, see: Top 10 Breeds for Long-legged Dogs
Why Should You Breed or Train for This Type of Dog?
If you want to breed a long-legged dog, or you're already breeding or training one of these breeds, this post has some suggestions for you.
1. The Most Common Lopsided Breeds of All Breeds
Chow-Chow The breed with the most lopsided legs of all breeds is the Chow-Chow. They are an ancient breed and are one of the original fighting dogs. And they're still being bred today, primarily for their incredible coat quality. It's actually not the leg length, but the fact that these dogs can have long hair on their legs that gives them their name. Their coat can be short, medium, or long depending on how you breed. The long-haired type is also known as the "Klondike". The long-haired type is also known as the "Klondike". The long-haired variety is most common, because it's most desirable. If you're breeding a long-legged dog and the first thing you notice is their long legs, but they don't have long hair, you may be breeding for short hair.
What can you do with a long-legged dog?
They're a great show breed. And you don't have to be a serious exhibitor to win with one. There's no problem finding an owner for a long-legged dog. Because their coat is very thick, they can tolerate the cold better than their shorter-legged counterparts. But they will need to be trained very differently from other breeds of dogs. You're going to have to spend a bit of time training them to do tricks. Because they have less leg movement than other dogs, and more weight on their rear end than other breeds, it's hard to throw a dog for a treat. The trick is to get them to turn to grab the food, and then move their rear end forward to push off in the right direction.
It's also a good breed for agility. Their long-legged structure makes it easy for them to jump over obstacles, and their thick, long fur makes it easy to get them started and then keep them steady on the course.
2. A Great Breed for Dog Shows
Labradoodle This dog is so famous that it even has its own Wikipedia page. The original Labradoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Labrador Retriever, but people also breed Labs with Beagles or other breeds. I can't speak for Labradoodles, but I've never heard any breed other than Labradoodles complain about the legs of their pups. They usually don't grow very large, and even when they do, the length of their legs doesn't seem to affect their speed or agility. I think their ability to stay light on their feet has a lot to do with their success in agility. Their coat is short and sleek, and they tend to keep their long-haired coat. It's a good, easy-to-train dog.
What can you do with a long-legged dog?
Most Labradoodles have a very long tail. It helps balance their heavy rear end and helps them keep steady. If you're using them in agility, you'll probably want to train them to hold it down. Some of my favorite agility trainers use a towel that they tie around the dog's waist, and they'll use it to hold the dog steady while they teach them new moves.
The short coat and their long tail make them an ideal show dog. They can tolerate hot temperatures better than other breeds of dogs. And if you have the time, the short coat also makes for a great pet. They love kids. They're happy to