Are you all about big dogs? Today we'll look at 10 of the biggest dog breeds around. And we're sure you're going to get your fix!
Some people can't get enough of small dogs while others prefer them a little bigger. For those who are all about big dogs, we've got you covered with some of the most magnificent and largest dogs breeds listed below.
The measurements that follow are the average heights of each dog breed, measured up to the withers (highest point of the shoulders). These may vary slightly depending on the source.
1. Neapolitan Mastiff
Standing 77cm tall, the Neapolitan Mastiff (or Mastino) is the smallest dog listed here in this article. However, its size is impressive and bold, contributing to its usefulness as a traditional guard dog. Despite their size, Neos have a sweet and loyal temperament, although will require firm and consistent training early on to ensure their strong-willed nature is well managed.
An effective guard dog and an affectionate companion, the Leonberger is very loyal to and fond of children. Patience is a virtue, but to these beauties it comes naturally. With their average 68kg frame to 80cm height, this breed is simply a mountain of love.
The same height as the Leonberger (80cm), Landseers are considered the same breed as Newfoundlands in certain countries. In Europe, Landseers are known to be a breed in their own right. Slightly more difficult to train than Newfoundlands, this is another strong-willed breed, known for their very strong life-saving abilities. They make gentle, loyal and affectionate companions.
4. Anatolian Shepherd
Originating from the Anatolian plateau in Turkey, Anatolian Shepherds are a fiercely loyal shepherd dog breed averaging 81cm in height. They were bred to blend in with the sheep flocks they herded, and used for their high intelligence and energy levels. Anatolians enjoy being affectionate but also require their independence, as well as a place to expend their high energy levels.
5. Great Pyrenees
Used for the protection of livestock against attacks from predators, this imposing dog of 82cm looks magnificent with its white coat against a countryside backdrop. Great Pyrenees dogs possess a sense of calm and tranquility in their home environment, yet make highly alert and powerful guard dogs to their family or brood. They are particularly suspicious towards strangers.
Stepping it up a notch, the towering 85cm Borzoi has many similar features to the Greyhound. Borzois, also known as wolfhounds, originate from Russia and were bred as hunting dogs. Their fast speed, up to 65km/h, and keen instincts may make training slightly more challenging, but patience and generous rewarding will go far. They are calm and gentle in nature and mostly bred as companion dogs today.
7. Great Dane
These giant 86cm dogs were used in the Middle Ages for hunting deer, wild boar and even bears. Very sweet-natured and protective of their family, they don't handle solitude well. Therefore, the company of another dog or even cat will be well received. Great Dane owners speak highly of their gentle temperament and loving nature, although suggest a decent budget for food and training - and some strength to handle their size.
8. Irish Wolfhound
Standing at 86cm, the very tall and impressive Irish Wolfhound was aptly named after its type of work - wolf hunting. They are the biggest and most rustic of the wolfhound breeds, whilst also very caring and protective of children. They are often referred to as gentle giants, with the odd silly and playful streak. Sounds like fun to us!
9. Saint Bernard
The enormous 90cm Saint Bernard was originally bred in the Swiss Alps and used as a rescue dog. They are among some of the most loved dog breeds in the world, known for their gentleness and patience with children. They need large, open spaces, both indoors and out, and will seek companionship and purpose in their lives - so activities for these dogs are a must!
10. English Mastiff
One of the largest dog breeds to exist at 91cm tall, English Mastiffs were often used by the Romans as combat dogs in the arenas. They are known for having a dignified temperament and assume the role of guard dog and family pet equally well. Despite their strength, they are calm in nature but require plenty of socialisation early on to adjust well. Loyalty to their family is equally distributed, including to children.
What's your favourite big dog breed?