If you are a big breed dog lover, you may enjoy seeing which breeds are the largest of all. Keeping in mind that the males of any breed are usually slightly heavier and possible taller then females of the same breed, the weights listed here are estimates and averages.
When we hear “Big Dog”, most of us almost always think of the Great Dane. This is indeed one of the top large dog breeds. These very tall dogs are known to normally be the gentle giants of the large dog world. Great Danes are listed as the second tallest dog breed, coming in second to the Irish Wolfhound. As far as size in general, the Great Dane comes in at around sixth place when compared to the other large breeds. Males of this breed usually weigh approximately 110 pounds, but can be slightly lighter or a bit heavier, depending on the build of the dog. The Great Dane is known to be very good with children, even young toddlers, especially when trained at an early age not to jump on people.
An old favorite in the large breed dog category is the St. Bernard. This breed was originally a working dog near the Swiss Alps region. It was bred to be used as a rescue dog, which is why in the older movies, you may see what looks like a small keg around the dogs neck. This dog is not only tall but heavy too. A male can reach a height of approximately thirty five inches tall and can weigh up to one hundred and seventy five pounds or more. St. Bernard’s are not usually unruly, but they can have a stubborn streak. Early training is vitally important. If the dog is raised around children it will more then likely tolerate them well, but early socialization is a must.
Mastiffs and Neapolitan Mastiffs are both listed in the largest breeds category. The English Mastiff is said to be the second largest dog breed. They are very thickly built and have large heads. They are powerful dogs and are known to be very brave. They are said to be one of the best breeds for security or guard dog duty, although they do need extra attention and training beginning at a very young age. When trained, they can make excellent family pets. The Neapolitan Mastiff is listed as the third largest breed. This breed can also be a good pet, but requires training very early. Because of its strength and pure body mass, if not trained, this dog, as with all large breeds, could be a danger to people.
Along with the breeds listed above, other large breeds include the Newfoundland, the Irish Wolfhound, the Dogue de Bordeaux, which is also known as a French Mastiff, the Pyrenean Mountain Dog and the Kuvasz. Many of these dog breeds are uncommon, but those such as the Great Dane and Mastiff can be purchased from a qualified and reputable breeder.
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