7 Lovable Short-Legged Dog Breeds

7 Lovable Short-Legged Dog Breeds

There are so many cute dog breeds on the planet and a few of them boast a pretty low centre of gravity. With this said, the adorable looking dogs listed below may have short legs, but when it comes to loving personalities it would be hard to find more affectionate characters than these which is why they make such wonderful family pets and canine companions.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

With longer than average ears than most terrier breeds and their short legs, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an adorable looking dog. They were first bred north of the border in Scotland and were used as hunting dogs. Sadly, the breed is not seen as much these days as it was in the past which is a shame because the Dandie Dinmont Terrier boasts a long and illustrious past paired to a kind and gentle nature. In short, they are a great choice as a family pet.

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Native to County Wicklow in Ireland, the gorgeous short legged Glen of Imaal Terrier has a lot to boast about even with their rather comical yet charming appearance. However, this is another breed that's been a little forgotten over recent years with only very few of them having been registered with the Kennel Club. As with some other breeds of delightful small short legged dogs, the Glen of Imaal Terrier has fallen out of favour with newer breeds becoming more popular. Again, it's a shame because these lovely dogs boast great personalities and they make wonderful pets becoming valued members of the family.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

It goes without saying that all puppies are cute, no matter what breed they are. However, when it comes to Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppies, it really doesn't get much cuter. Adorable looks and short legs, these little dogs grow up to be very smart looking characters that boast a ton of personality. Being part of the hound group, they are superb scent dogs and are native to the Vendée region of France. These little guys are often lovingly referred to as “happy hounds” because they are always so cheery and alert. They are particularly good around energetic and noisy children making them a great choice as a family pet, but they make superb companion dogs too. The one thing to bear in mind is that the PBGV does tend to ‘play rough’ which means keeping a close eye on them when they are messing around with the kids!

Lancashire Heeler

These gorgeous looking dogs might have short legs but they are energetic and lively by nature which they needed to herd and drive cattle, something they were bred to do. Super intelligent and loyal, they need a ton of exercise to be truly happy, well-balanced dogs. Again, the Lancashire Heeler has become less popular over recent times with less than a hundred of them being registered with the KC back in 2011. However, they make superb family pets and lovely companions for people who like to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors with a lively, albeit short-legged pooch by their side.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Although not as popular as their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, these guys have a lot going for them which includes cute looks beautifully emphasised by their short legs and lovely, kind personalities. Originally bred as farm working dogs, these little dogs are pretty robust and strong willed which they needed to be when herding larger livestock. With their lovely large ears, beautiful coats and sweet short legs, they are a picture of “cuteness” but underneath you'll find a strong and determined pal for life.

Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel is another adorable charming little dog that boasts short legs although they are slightly more in proportion to the rest of their bodies than most other breeds. They are active and alert by nature which means there's not a lot that gets past them. They have a tendency to get up high so they can look down on things and people from above which is just one of their endearing traits. They were originally bred in Tibet and boast a very illustrious history being companion dogs for Buddhist monks and were often given as gifts to visiting foreign dignitaries. They resemble little lions and can be just as feisty, but Tibbies as they are affectionately called make wonderful family pets!

Skye Terrier

One of the oldest breeds in Scotland, the Skye Terrier is a smart looking little dog and one that boasts extremely short legs that are naturally hidden out of sight by their gorgeously long, lush coats. Although nobody actually knows how the breed came about, but they were made ultra famous by Greyfriars Bobby when one little dog refused to leave his master's grave after he passed away and did so for no less than 14 years, proving the breeds’ incredible loyalty. These lovely dogs are not typical of the terrier breed, being a lot calmer and gentler by nature which is why they make such a wonderful choice as a family pet.


There are so many delightful breeds of short-legged dogs on the planet with all of them being gorgeous and unique in their own particular way. The list above is just a few of them. Some breeds are quite rare having fallen out of favour over recent years, whereas others have remained popular since they first appeared on the scene whether as working dogs or as canine companions. These little guys might have shorter legs than other dog breeds, but if there is one thing they are not short of, it's loving and affectionate personalities!

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