10 Largest Dog Breeds
One of the coolest things about dogs is that they come in all sizes. From the tiny toy dogs to the massive canines that look more like a horse, there really is a dog for every family. Many people want to learn more about the largest dog breeds. When you are considering adding a pet to your family, maybe one of these breeds will fit the bill—if you have the space, of course!
- Leonberger - This German dog breed is hearty and often used as a working dog. With a height up to 31.5 inches and weighing up to 170 pounds, the Leonberger certainly does impress. Despite its massive size, it is a gentle family dog that is eager to learn. The Leonberger has a thick, double-layer coat that is ideal for when this breed finds itself in the water, which since the breed loves water happens more often than you might think.
- Great Dane - Many people do a double take when they see a Great Dane and for good reason—these dogs look as much like a small horse as they do a dog. They are one of the tallest dog breeds. In fact, the current record holder for tallest dog is a Great Dane. They generally measure up to 44 inches tall and can weigh up to 250 pounds.
- Bernese Mountain Dog - This working dog was originally bred in the Swiss Alps and as such the Bernese Mountain Dog is very comfortable in cold weather. With a long coat and highly muscular build, this dog is an excellent worker. It is mainly used for herding, though in days past it was used as a draft animal. The Bernese Mountain Dog commonly reaches 28 inches and 120 pounds when full grown.
- Bullmastiff - The Bullmastiff is a strong, solid dog. They can range up to 28 inches long and may weigh as much as 130 pounds. These dogs are stoic and make excellent watchdogs. Owners must take care that the dog does not become overweight as it can lead to hip and leg problems that are common in the breed. The Bullmastiff may look intimidating but is normally very friendly and reserved.
- Great Pyrenees - The Great Pyrenees is a very old breed that has been used for its herding ability for centuries—especially in cold-weather areas. The first noted description of the breed occurred in the early 1400s. This distinctive white-coated dog can reach a height of 39 inches and commonly weigh between 115 and 130 pounds.
- Saint Bernard - One of the best recognized of the giant dog breeds is the Saint Bernard. Starring in movies such as Beethoven, the Saint Bernard is also recognized for its abilities as a rescue dog. This breed is heavy, having reached well over 250 pounds. It is not uncommon for a Saint Bernard to measure up to 35 inches tall. This large breed is usually very friendly and laid back.
- Newfoundland - The Newfoundland was a breed of dog originally bred for fishermen in the Canadian province where the breed gets its name. The Newfoundland is a large, dependable breed that is particularly well suited to working, or playing, in the water. The breed often reaches heights up to 30 inches from paw to shoulder and a weight that may get as heavy as 175 pounds.
- Anatolian Shepherd - The strongest breed on this list is the Anatolian Shepherd. This dog measures around 31 inches full grown and may weigh upwards of 150 pounds. This bright and resourceful dog is often used to guard flocks of sheep and goats from wolves, jackals and even bears! Their strength and alertness make them excellent at their guard duty.
- Irish Wolfhound - These may not be has heavy as some, but the Irish Wolfhound could be the tallest dog on the list. Bred for speed and stamina, the Irish Wolfhound was bred to hut for wolves and boars. The Irish Wolfhound can reach 32 inches tall (or up to 7 feet on its hind legs!) and up to around 115 or 120 pounds.
- Dogue de Bordeaux - The Dogue de Bordeaux is also known as the French Mastiff. A fully grown dog of this breed often reaches 150 pounds and 27 inches tall. They are one of the more energetic dog breeds, often requiring several walks a day or a large space that they can run and play. The most distinctive feature of the French Mastiff is the large head—this breed sports the largest heads on average.
If you have never owned a giant dog, you may not realize what a great addition they can make to your household. However, large dogs are a huge investment in time and money. Make sure you have adequate space for your pet to exercise and time to devote to care. If you can give one of these gentle giants the care they need, you may want to add one to your family.
For more information on dog breeds check the Dog Encyclopedia at PetCyclopedia.com