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29 Family Friendly Short-Legged Dog Breeds With Pictures

29 Family Friendly Short-Legged Dog Breeds With Pictures

Some people love large dogs and others prefer smaller breeds. If you’re like me, you love both!

There are, however, many practical reasons for wanting a short-legged dog. They’re easier to manage, lighter to pick up, and make amazing companions. If you’re looking for small dog breeds, you’ve come to the right place.

We’re going to list 29 of the most family-friendly short-legged dogs with pictures and descriptions. Ultimately, this should make the decision a little easier for you.

Of course, dogs with short legs and long ears are adorable.

1. Dachshund

Dachshund

The name Dachshund is German for “badger dog”. These long-bodied dogs have short legs, a deep chest, and a tapered muzzle. They were bred to chase badgers into their underground holes.

These lively little dogs are dubbed wiener dogs (or sausage dog) because of their long, narrow build.

Dachshunds are friendly dogs with a lively step. They are described as brave, comical, extremely alert, and full of personality.

Life Expectancy of the Dachshund

12 – 16 years

Are Dachshunds Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

Very intelligent

Health Problems

Generally healthy, although they are prone disc disease due to their long backs. It’s important they remain a healthy weight.

2. Basset Hounds

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds have a low-slung body with short legs and floppy ears. They have incredible skills at scenting. In fact, back in the day, Basset Hounds were bred to be able to quickly travel rough terrain in the hunt for rabbit and deer.

They make very loyal family dogs and are great with children and other dogs. They’re not very snuggly, so don’t expect a lapdog. They are, however, mild-mannered in the house. Once outside, it doesn’t take much to make them bark.

Lifespan

10 – 12 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

Moderate – stubborn but responds well to positive motivation

Health Problems

Basset Hounds are prone to a variety of health conditions include:

  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD)
  • Gastric torsion (Bloat)
  • Thrombopathy (diseases affecting the blood platelets
  • Entropion (eyelids turn inwards causing scratching, irritation, and infection)
  • Otitis externa
  • Ectropion
  • Glaucoma
  • von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia

3.Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

This cattle herding dog originated in Pembrokeshire Wales. These short-legged dogs have big personalities.

All corgis have achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism that results in their short legs.

This type of dwarfism is actually intentional in this breed. The purpose of breeding them to have short legs was to be able to nip at the heels of cattle while also being able to duck around stomping hooves.

These short-legged dogs are very affectionate with family and are good with other dogs. As a family member, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi make great watchdogs. They require a fair bit of activity and love to be side-by-side with their owners.

Life Expectancy of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

12 years

Hypoallergenic?

No.

Intelligence

Very smart

Health Problems of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Common health problems include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease

4. Cardigan Corgi

cardigan cordi breed

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a member of the cattle herding group. They have very long and low-set bodies with a deep chest. These powerful workers are oddly fast. The difference between the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Corgi is in the hindquarters. Cardigans have tails and Pembrokes do not.

As a family dog, the Cardigan Corgi and great watchdogs. These loveable dogs will win your heart. They thrive in the outdoor setting, so be prepared for lots of walks.

Life Expectancy of the Cardigan Corgi

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

These dogs are relatively healthy. However, as with many dogs, they can be prone to:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • eye disease

5. Lancashire Heeler

Lancashire Heeler

This little cattle herder is a clever dog. He possess high intelligence and charm. It’s thought this little terrier were originally a cross between Welsh Corgis and Manchester Terriers. This guy is very strong despite his short legs, but always has a happy smile on his face.

Life Expectancy of the Lancashire Heeler

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

This little dog is generally healthy, but may be prone to Primary Lens Luxation (PLL). This condition causes the lens of the eye to become loose. Eventually, it will detach. That’s not to say all Lancashire Heelers will succumb to this disease. A quality, well-respected breeder will test for that.

6. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

You don’t hear about this little terrier a lot, but he is a fiercely independent and smart dog. Independence in a dog can sometimes mean standoffish. As family members, they make great watchdogs and have a big bark.

They are enjoyed by children and aren’t as hyper-active as other small dogs.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

This dog is remarkably healthy with very few – if any – health issues. In very rare cases, this breed may develop lymphoma. However, a good breeder will test for that.

7. Scottish Terrier

Scottish terrier

This little dog has a lot of spunk and attitude. They are a little comical with their alert stare and independent personalities. These little guys are tough and fearless. As a result, they may be a little too assertive with other animals.

Socialization and a little training can help make the Scottish Terrier a well-rounded, perfect family member.

Life Expectancy of a Scottish Terrier

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Scottish Terriers may be prone to a few genetic conditions including:

  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Neurological conditions
  • Brain Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bladder Stones
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Hemophilia
  • Deafness

8. French Bulldog

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog has become somewhat of a status symbol with celebrities leading the pack of Frenchie owners. These little dogs are perfect for people who want to be entertained.

These little dogs fall into the non-sporting group. They are extra loving towards family and children. They do well with other animals in the house as well.

These adorable little dogs have bat-like ears and squished-in faces. They are one of a few brachycephalic breeds which means they have a short snout in comparison to their heads. For that reason, they can suffer breathing problems and are not tolerant of heat.

These little guys are very alert but don’t bark much. They are a sheer joy to have around the house.

Warning: French Bulldogs cannot swim and shouldn’t be left alone near water.

Lifespan

10 – 12 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Unfortunately, French Bulldogs can be susceptible to some genetic problems including:

  • Skin problems
  • Allergies
  • Ear Infections
  • Respiratory disease
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Patella Luxation

9. Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel actually resembles Asian breeds like the pug. They are regal little dogs with proud, fluffy tails that lift up and curl over their hind quarters. Tibetan spaniels have a knowing look in their eyes that shows their assertiveness.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Tibetan Spaniels are very healthy but may be susceptible to a few health issues including:

  • Congenital deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Eye Diseases

10. West Highland White Terriers

West Highland Terrier

This little dog, known lovingly as the Westie, is from Scotland. He has a gorgeous white coat that is surprisingly harsh. You can expect a very happy, friendly, alert, and independent companion with this dog.

Life Expectancy of a West Highland White Terrier

12 – 16 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

The Westie may be prone to a few health problems including:

  • Eye disorders
  • patellar luxation
  • cataracts
  • Legg-Perthes Disease
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy
  • Skin conditions

11. Skye Terrier

Skye terrier

The Skye Terrier, like its cousin terriers, is a lively, confident breed. As a family member, you can expect a happy and good-tempered dog. Perfect for families.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Some health issues may include:

  • glaucoma
  • lens luxation
  • hypothyroidism
  • von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Allergies
  • Ulcerative Colitie

12. Cairn Terrier

cairn terrier

This little terrier was designed to hunt and chase quarry in the Scottish highlands. You can expect a friendly, spunky little dog with a big attitude. He is very assertive and fearless.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Some health issues to watch for include:

  • allergies
  • bone disorder
  • enzyme deficiency
  • heart defects or murmurs
  • renal dysplasia
  • liver disorders
  • blood disorders

13. English Bulldog

You can’t mistake an English Bulldog from any other breed. This guy is very short and muscular. In fact, you might wonder how he can hold himself up on this short legs!

They make lovely family dogs and are very friendly.

Lifespan

8 – 10 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Some of the inherited health issues may include:

  • brachycephalic syndrome
  • hip dysplasia
  • pulmonic stenosis
  • ventricular septal defect
  • skin disorders
  • deafness
  • cleft palate
  • hypothyroidism

14. Miniature Bull Terrier

Mini bull terrier

The miniature Bull Terrier is a cross between the now extinct English White Terrier, the Dalmatian, and the Bulldog. This little guy is very upbeat and mischievous. They are fearless terriers with a comical charm.

Lifespan

11 – 13 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

These dogs are generally very healthy. However, there may be some issues including:

  • deafness
  • eye problems
  • kidney disease

15. Miniature Schnauzer

miniature Schnauzer

This handsome breed is confident, loyal, and sometimes aloof with strangers. They love to be the center of attention with their family members although they are not overly cuddly.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Watch for signs of:

  • allergies
  • epilepsy
  • diabetes
  • pancreatitis
  • bladder stones

16. Norfolk Terrier

norfolk terrier

This British dog is a loveable, assertive, happy dog that would fit great into any family. He’s what they call a “big dog in a small package”.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Some health problems may include:

  • hip dysplasia
  • patellar luxation

17. Bedlington Terrier

Bedlington Terrier

The Bedlington Terrier was originally bred to hunt but has since been used as a racing dog. This little guy is great in dog sporting competition as well. Their short stature makes them particularly good at hunting out rats and other vermin.

This dog is a good watchdog with a hefty bark.

Lifespan

12 – 14 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Health problems could include:

  • liver disease
  • eye problems

18. Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell Terrier

If you’ve ever met a Jack Russell Terrier, you’ll know how much fun this breed is. They have boundless energy which served them well when they were out hunting fox in England. Although small, this might not be the best breed for a first-time dog owner.

The Jack Russell Terriers are very smart and very stubborn.

Lifespan

13 – 16 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

This small breed may be prone to:

  • health issues related to bone growth
  • deafness
  • eye disease
  • joint conditions

19. Sussex Spaniel

sussex Spaniel

If you’re looking for the opposite of a Jack Russell Terrier, this could be it. The Sussex Spaniel is a low-slung, but slow-paced dog. He makes a great household companion with his even-temper and loyal personality.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Health problems may include:

  • heart problems
  • exercise intolerance

20. Australian Terrier

Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier has a look somewhat like the Yorkshire Terrier. He is a scruffy little guy with a lot of spirited attitude. This companion dog is highly courages, even-tempered, loyal, and alert.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

  • Legg Perthes disease
  • cruciate ligament rupture
  • seizures

21. Cesky Terrier

Cesky Terrier

The Cesky Terrier is a clever little dog that would make a great family companion. They can be equally active and laid-back depending on the situation. They’re considered prey-driven (like ny terrier) but tend to be a little more down to earth and laidback.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

The only known health condition is called Scottie Cramp. It’s not considered serious, but it can cause locomotive problems due to a lack of serotonin in the body.

22. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkie

The tiny Yorkshire Terrier (affectionately known as the Yorkie) is a friendly, lively little dog. You can expect a very loving and devoted dog with this breed.

They require a small amount of exercise each day. Their little legs only allow for short walks. In addition, they are easy to care for and are great companions for seniors.

Lifespan

13 – 16 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Health issues may include:

  • bronchitis
  • cataracts
  • delicate digestive system
  • lymphangiectasia

23. Sealyham Terrier

Sealyham Terrier

If you’ve never heard of this dog, there’s a reason why. This terrier is a rare Welsh breed. He is a small working dog with a rough-coat. If you welcome this little dog into your family, you can expect an even-tempered, friendly and alert dog.

Lifespan

12 – 14 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Some health problems may include:

  • retinal dysplasia
  • lens luxation
  • deafness

24. Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a small, loveable ball of cotton. He needs a fair amount of mental stimulation and has a lot of energy to burn. Unlike a large breed dog, getting him enough exercise is pretty easy.

Live in an apartment? On cold days, this little guy is happy to run up and down the hallway with a toy!

Lifespan

14 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

As with all dogs, there may be some health problems including:

  • hyperadrenocorticism
  • patellar luxation
  • cataracts
  • hip dysplasia
  • Legg-Perthes
  • liver disease

25. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu

This Asian toy dog breed originates from Tibet. They are known for their short snout and large found eyes. These dogs are all around affectionate with family, other pets, and children. If you’ve ever heard of the Little Lion dog…this is it.

Lifespan

10 – 18 years

Hypoallergenic?

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Most Shih Tzus are relatively healthy; however, you should watch for:

  • periodontal disease
  • luxating patella
  • renal dysplasia

26. Coton de Tulear

Coton de Tulear

This tiny dog is considered the ultimate companion dog. You can expect a sweet, cuddly dog with a comical personality.

Lifespan

14 – 16 years


Hypoallergenic

Yes

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

A few health problems to watch for include:

  • allergies (fleas, grass, pollen, etc.)
  • urinary problems
  • skin conditions
  • bladder stones

27. Chihuahua

chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a toy breed with a confident air. This little guy has the assurance of a much larger dog and will do everything he can as a watch dog. They tend to bark when strangers are near but otherwise are quiet, affectionate dogs.

Lifespan

12 – 20 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

The most common health problems associated with this breed include:

  • luxating patella
  • hypoglycemia
  • tracheal collapse
  • tooth and gum disease
  • hydrocephalus
  • spinal injuries
  • obesity

28. English Cocker Spaniel

English cocker spaniel

This English Cocker Spaniel has classic short legs and a longer body. This dog is active, happy, and a strong sporting dog. As a family dog, you can expect the English Cocker Spaniel to be playful and affectionate.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

Some health conditions to be aware of include:

  • eye disease
  • patellar luxation
  • cataracts
  • hip dysplasia
  • renal failure
  • hypothyroidism

29. Pekingese

Pekingese

The Pekingese stem from royalty and are excellent watchdogs. Naturally, they are loyal to immediate family. They don’t always do well with strangers. This is the kind of little dog who thinks he’s much bigger than he is.

As the self-imposed protector of the household, this dog may be prone to nip and bark (a lot).

Lifespan

12 – 15 years

Hypoallergenic?

No

Intelligence

High

Health Problems

The Pekingese may be prone to:

  • elongated soft palate
  • patellar luxation
  • stenoic nares
  • eye problems
  • skin fold dermatitis

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sources:

AKC.org

The Happy Puppy Site

OFA.org

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