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What breeds of dogs have short legs?

November 04, 2023

Corgis and dachshunds are indeed notable for their short legs relative to their body size. 

This trait is a result of a genetic condition called chondrodysplasia, which affects bone growth.
Here are some other dog breeds with notably short legs:

Basset Hound: 

Known for their droopy eyes and ears, Basset Hounds have very short legs compared to their body size. Their sense of smell is second only to the Bloodhound.

Shih Tzu: 

A toy breed with a flowing coat and short legs.

Pekingese: 

Another toy breed, the Pekingese has a lion-like mane and a distinctively short and bowed leg structure.

Scottish Terrier (Scottie): 

A small, sturdy terrier breed with a distinctive beard, eyebrows, and short legs.

West Highland White Terrier (Westie): 

Similar in stature to the Scottie but with a pure white coat.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: 

While their legs aren't as short as some of the other breeds mentioned, they are shorter relative to their body, giving them a low-slung appearance.

French Bulldog: 

These compact dogs have a broad body, bat-like ears, and short, sturdy legs.

English Bulldog: 

Heavier and more muscular than the French Bulldog, they too have short, stocky legs.

Lhasa Apso: 

A small dog with a long, flowing coat and short legs.

Skye Terrier: 

Known for their long, silky coat that flows to the ground, hiding their short legs.

Clumber Spaniel: 

This breed is heavy-boned and low to the ground with a stocky build and short legs.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi: 

While similar in appearance to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, they have a longer tail and are slightly larger, but they also have short legs.

Sealyham Terrier: 

A small, sturdy terrier breed with short legs and a long body.

These breeds have been selectively bred over time for specific tasks or aesthetic preferences that have led to their short-legged appearance. 

However, it's essential to understand that these dogs can sometimes have health issues related to their unique skeletal structures. 

Always work with reputable breeders and veterinarians to ensure the health and well-being of any dog.


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