When it comes to dogs, we say the bigger the better; after all the bigger the pup the more love they can handle. Throughout history these very good (and very big) dogs have been bred for their strength and their size, whether that was to aid them in herding, hunting, or discouraging intruders. While it’s true that these animals can be downright intimidating because of their sizes, you might be surprised to learn that many of the biggest dogs not only have some of the best temperaments of any canines, but they also make great family pets! Whether you’re looking into adding a new addition to your family, or you’re just interested in learning some more about some giant puppies, here are 25 of the world’s largest dog breeds that you simply have to check out.
The Scottish Deerhound, or just Deerhound, is a tall breed of hound which was bred to hunt red deer in Scotland. Its antecedents were kept by the tribal people living in what is the modern day United Kingdom and were used in the hunting of large game such as deer and elk. Males can be over 32 inches (80 cm) tall, and weigh up to 110 pounds (50 kg), while females typically only reach 28 inches (70 cm) tall and weigh under 100 pounds (45 kg).
Caucasian Shepherd Dog
Popular in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Northern Caucasian area, the Caucasian shepherds are a member of a family of strongly-boned, muscular dog breeds referred to as molossers. Measuring about 28 inches (70 cm) tall for females and 30 inches (75 cm) tall for males, these large dogs are definitely not lap dogs.
Originally bred and used as a work-dog for fishermen, Newfoundlands are huge, intelligent dogs famous for their excellent swimming abilities which make them excellent Search And Rescue (SAR) dogs. They typically have thick black, brown, or grey coats, and some Newfoundland males have been known to weigh over 200 pounds (90 kg) with the largest on record weighing 260 pounds (120 kg).
The English mastiff is one of the largest dog breeds in the world, especially in terms of body mass. The first mentions of these massive dogs date back to as early as the 6th century BCE, and during the Roman conquest of England Julius Caesar himself was reportedly impressed by the loyalty and strength of the English mastiffs. A typical male can weigh up to 250 pounds (113 kg), but the heaviest mastiff ever recorded was a jaw-dropping 343 pound (156 kg) dog called Zorba.
Sometimes referred to as ‘mop dog,’ the Komondor is a long-established dog breed that has been used to guard livestock and other property. Easily recognizable thanks to its distinctive long and corded coat, not so different from that of a mop, the Komondor is a Hungarian breed which is currently being heavily monitored by the Hungarian government in order to preserve and protect it from modification. They can grow up to 31.5 inches (80 cm) high and weigh over 130 pounds (60 kg).