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10 Largest Dog Breeds In The World

June 8, 2022

What's the smallest dog breed you know? What about the largest? With hundreds of dog breeds around there really is a breed for everyone. If you have a heart for large dog breeds, please enjoy learning about the ten largest dog breeds in the world. Find the list below!

From Teacup Poodles to Great Danes, there is a lot of variety in size across breeds. Regardless, every dog needs lots of care, attention, and maintenance from their family to thrive. But large dogs, require a little more work. Big breeds can make a great addition to any family, but think through the implications of having such a giant furry friend before welcoming one into your home.

If you’re looking to adopt a big dog, you may be interested in some of these canines!

Let’s break down the ten most gigantic breeds – and some of their characteristics.

1. Great Danes

Great Dane 

If have ever seen a Great Dane walking down the street, you probably did a double-take. These dogs can look like small horses, averaging 26 to 34 inches tall. Great Danes weigh up to 200 pounds, so take their size and the amount of space you can offer, into consideration before bringing one home. Don’t be alarmed by their size, though! Great Danes are gentle, kind, and loyal. It's not uncommon to hear them called the gentle giants of the dog world. One thing to keep in mind though; Great Danes need plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy.

Every dog breed is prone to certain health conditions. It's important to be knowledgeable about the health conditions Great Danes can develop as they age before you get one. Here’s a guide of some of the most common great dane health problems we think you should know. Find out the cost specifics for the Great Dane dog breed in this part.

2. Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

Because these dogs were initially created to protect sheep, other livestock, and people, they are naturally intelligent, kind, and loyal. The Great Pyrenees have thick white coats, that shed a lot, as you could probably guess. They weigh 85 to 100 pounds and need plenty of physical and mental exercise to be happy. Before you bring home a Great Pyrenees, make sure that you have the space and a couch big enough for your new addition to grow into! They will feel welcome from day one! Great Pyrenees are also known for having strong minds, and obedience training should be a priority if you decide to bring one into your home. Here, we dive into the expenses one might expect with a Great Pyrenees breed dog.

3. English Mastiffs

English Mastiff 

English Mastiffs are known to be highly loyal, courageous, and docile (and excessive droolers). So don’t let their size fool you! Their hearts are just as big as they are, creating dogs that are naturally great with kids. English Mastiffs have an average weight of 130- 220 pounds. These large dogs require lots of space and love and might not be happy in a small home or apartment. They are notably emotional and sensitive and typically prefer to be the only dog in your family.

4. Newfoundlands

Newfoundland 

Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Newfoundlands were bred as working dogs weighing 100 - 150 pounds. Their coat protects them in cold climates and they have a temperament that does well with families, strangers, and other dogs. They have very thick fur, so expect a lot of shedding. If you live in a warmer climate, you should be cautious about getting a Newfoundland because they can be uncomfortable with the temperature. One last tip! This breed can require a lot of training, but the love they have to offer definitely makes the effort worth it. You likely don't want a 150-pound troublemaker wandering around your home.

5. Saint Bernards

Saint Bernard 

Saint Bernards are sweet and agreeable and make great family dogs. Weighing between of 120 - 180 lbs., these gentle giants tend to do well with other dogs, strangers, and kids and are relatively easygoing. Notably, they don't tend to bark or howl. Saint Bernards are known to be very playful with high energy levels, but also can't resist spending some time in their beds. Due to their thick coats, Saint Bernards tend to do well in colder climates but require a lot of grooming. Discover more about the typical costs tied to the Saint Bernard dog breed in this write-up.

6. Doberman Pinschers

Doberman Pinschers

Doberman Pinschers were bred to be guard dogs, meaning that pet parents should make socialization a priority from the get-go to make sure their puppy grows up to be dog-friendly. Generally, Dobermans prefer to be the only dog in the home but are typically good family dogs and do well with people and children. The good news is that because of their high levels of intelligence, Doberman Pinschers are eager to learn and easy to train! Although on the lighter side of this list, weigh 60 to 80 pounds – they are very tall. Doberman Pinschers have a moderate energy level but still require a lot of space due to their large size. We've detailed the expenses linked to owning a Doberman Pinscher breed dog.

If you decide a Doberman Pinscher is not for you, consider a Miniature Pinscher.

7. Bernese Mountain Dogs

Bernese Mountain Dog

Originally from Switzerland, Bernese Mountain Dogs were bred to work on farms and in the mountains to help pull heavy loads, herd livestock, and be companions to farmers. These dogs have a beautiful and recognizable three-tone coat, that sheds heavily and requires lots of upkeep. Overall, Bernese Mountain dogs make great family dogs, with great temperaments, and are known to be very sweet. On average, Bernese Mountain Dogs weigh 70 to 115 pounds.

8. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs

The Anatolian Shepherd Dog has an average weight of 80 to 150 pounds and a thick coat that protects it in cold weather. The breed is known for its intelligence, loyalty, and guarding skills; but keep in mind that they were bred to be protectors and might not make the best family dogs if you have kids. But don't let this turn you away completely! Anatolian Shepherds can be very loving when consistently socialized to reduce their territorial nature. The good news is this breed is brilliant and intuitive, meaning it is also easy to train.

9. Scottish Deerhounds

Scruffy-coated Scottish Deerhounds are one of the tallest breeds in the world. They were originally bred as hunting dogs and have a natural love of running. For this reason, they need lots of outdoor exercise and might need a closed-in area where they can use to burn through their energy. This breed is very family-oriented and loyal – but can experience separation anxiety and often doesn’t do very well when left alone. Weighing in around 75 to 110 pounds, this loving hound might be the perfect larger-than-life lapdog for your family.

10. Black Russian Terriers

Forget everything you know about what terriers look like. Black Russian Terriers weigh 80 to 140 pounds! Bred to be guard dogs, Black Russian Terries are highly intelligent but may prefer to be the only dog in your household. Their protective nature makes them loyal family dogs, but can also make them nervous around strangers. The thick black coat of a Black Russian Terrier is guaranteed to shed a lot, so be prepared to either spend a lot of time grooming them or a lot of money paying for professional grooming appointments if you decide to bring one home.

Wanting a large dog with an even larger heart?

Large dog breeds are just as intelligent, loving, and loyal as they are big. Some are better for colder climates, families, and new dog owners than others, so make sure to do your research before adopting a big breed. The main idea: a large dog can be tons of work, but it's all worth it to have a larger-than-life furry family member! Make sure you are prepared for the time, effort, and space that these breeds need before bringing one home.

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