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.
Nicknamed “the Apollo of dogs,” the Great Dane is a German breed with a height that can reach 3 feet (91 cm) or more at the shoulder. In the past a number of Great Danes have held the record of the world’s tallest dog, including the current record-holder; a 44 inch (112 cm) tall Great Dane named Zeus. They are generally friendly toward other dogs, pets, and familiar humans, and although their average life span is 6 to 8 years, some Great Danes have reached 10 years or even more.
Neapolitan mastiff is another popular breed of mastiff and, although not quite as large as the English mastiff, it is still quite large with the males can weighing up to 155 pounds (60-70 kg) and females clockin g in around 130 pounds (50–60 kg). The Neapolitan mastiff is fearless and extremely protective of its home and family, while still being surprisingly intelligent and independent.
Originally developed from war hounds, Irish wolfhounds have been used for hunting and guarding since possibly even as early as 7,000 BCE. Standing at least 34 inches (86 cm) tall, they are one of the tallest of all dog breeds. Their weight, however, only averages about 120 pounds (55 kg) for males and 105 pounds (48 kg) for females. Unlike many other breeds, Irish wolfhounds have a varied range of personalities and are most often noted for their quirks and individuality.
Black Russian Terrier
A breed created in USSR during the late 1940s and the early 1950s for use as a military/working dog, the black Russian terrier is believed to be a cross of about 17 different dog breeds from across the world. Males stand 72 to 78 cm (28 – 30 inches) at the withers and weigh up to 60 kg (130 pounds), with females being slightly smaller and lighter. The black Russian terrier is a calm, confident, and self-assured dog, as well as highly intelligent and easy to train. They can live quite a bit longer than other breeds their size, often up to 14 years. However, they are known to be prone to certain hereditary diseases such as hip or elbow dysplasia.
Occasionally referred to as the Pyrenean mountain dog, great Pyrenees dogs are just as well known for their instinctive nature to protect and herd as they are for their thick, white double coats that keep them warm in the snowy mountain winters they hail from. Bred to be sheep herders, these large dogs can grow to 32 inches (81 cm) and weigh 130 pounds (59 kg).