8 Horse Breeds That Tower Above The Rest


Some of the tallest and heaviest horses in the world are members of the Shire breed, which is renowned for its magnificent stature. These gentle giants have a commanding appearance, typically reaching heights of over 19 hands (76 inches, 193 cm).


Because of their legendary status as the Budweiser horses, Clydesdales represent a powerful yet refined aesthetic. They display their strong build by being able to reach heights of up to 18 hands (72 inches, 183 cm) and weigh as much as 2,200 pounds (998 kg).

Belgian Draft

Belgian draft horses are highly regarded for their extraordinary strength and kind nature, which make them fantastic work partners. Their powerful frame is evident as they may reach a height of up to 17 hands (68 inches, 173 cm) and frequently weigh over 2,000 pounds (907 kg).

Suffolk Punch

Originating in Britain, the Suffolk Punch is well-known for its remarkable strength and sturdy frame—qualities that are essential for agricultural labor. The average height and weight of this breed are 16 to 18 hands (64 to 72 inches, 163 to 183 cm) and 1,980 to 2,200 pounds (898 to 998 kg).

Dutch Draft

One of the heaviest draft breeds, the Dutch Draft is distinguished by its huge build, which reflects the breed's longevity and strength. These horses have a big and powerful build. They stand between 15 to 17 hands (60 to 68 inches, 152 to 173 cm) tall and weigh approximately 1,500 pounds (680 kg).

American Cream Draft

The American Cream Draft is unique in that it is the only breed of draft horse created in the US and still in production. They are strong and beautiful at the same time. Typically, they weigh between 1,800 and 2,000 pounds (816 and 907 kg) and stand 16 to 17 hands (64 to 68 inches, 163 to 173 cm) tall.

Australian Draught

A crossbreed of various draft breeds, the Australian Draught horse was developed to satisfy the varied requirements of Australian transportation and agriculture. With a height of approximately 16 to 17.2 hands (64 to 70 inches, 163 to 178 cm) and a weight of 1,320 to 1,980 pounds (600 to 900 kg).


Known for their power and endurance, these compact and strong horses get their name from the Jutland Peninsula. They are between 15 and 16 hands (60 and 64 inches, 152 and 163 cm) tall and weigh 1.540 and 1,760 pounds (700 and 800 kg).