There are many large dog breeds in the world, each with different care and training needs. Most large dog breeds were bred for a purpose or function. Some breeds were meant to be hunters, while others as guard dogs. Dogs with great endurance brought livestock or protected the farmer’s animals. If you are thinking about owning a big dog, from tallest to heaviest, following are the 10 of the biggest dog breeds found around the world.
10. Tibetan Mastiff
Height: 26-30 inches (male), 24-28 inches (female)
Weight: 100-160 pounds (male), 75-120 pounds (female)
An impressively large dog with a noble appearance, the Tibetan Mastiff is an aloof and watchful guardian breed.
With his long coat, appealing colors, and beautiful tail, the Tibetan Mastiff is sure to be a conversation starter and traffic stopper as you walk him down the street.
Tibetan Mastiffs are generally quiet dogs when their needs and living conditions are met, but if left outdoors at night they can be barkers.
Tibetan Mastiff can be a wonderful breed for the proper owner and home, but they can’t fit into just any lifestyle and requires extreme care in managing them on a day to day basis.
9. Bernese Mountain Dog
Height: 25-28 inches (male), 23-26 inches (female)
Weight: 86-110 pounds (male), 79-110 pounds (female)
Bernese Mountain dog posses a good-natured and calm personality. They love outdoor activities, like hiking or even pulling young children in a cart.
Bernese is a hardy dog that thrives in cold weather and high-altitudes mountainous terrain, their intelligence and strength originally helped them in performing work on the high-mountainous Swiss Alps farms.
8. The Great Pyrenees
Height: 27-32 inches (male), 25-29 inches (female)
Weight: 100 pounds & up (male), 85 pounds & up (female)
The Great Pyrenees are big, immensely strong mountain dogs standing as high as 32 inches at the shoulder and often tipping the scales at more than 100 pounds.
They possess calm, patient, strong-willed yet affectionate personality. Although, not a particularly active dog, but Great Pyrenees do need their exercise with supervision.
7. Cane Corso
Height: 25-27.5 inches (male), 23.5-26 inches (female)
Weight: Proportionate to the height
Cane Corso is a smart, trainable, assertive and confident, peerless protectors. They are always eager to please, and intensely loyal to their humans.
Topping out at nearly 28 inches at the shoulder and often weighing more than 100 pounds, with a large head, Cane Corso is at a glance intimidating creatures.
Bred as guard dogs for centuries, their imposing appearance, and the muscular body frame is their first line of defense against intruders.
6. Dogue de Bordeaux
Height: 23.27 inches (male), 23-26 inches (female)
Weight: 110 pounds & up (male), 99 pounds & up (female)
Dogue de Bordeaux is a loyal, affectionate, yet courageous but not aggressive French breed molosser (mastiff-type) dog, with a massive head, and stocky body.
It responds well to its trainers, but require supervision – and doesn’t go along well with other dogs. Not a very dog in nature, but a couple of good walks a day and a backyard romp are sufficient.
Height: 28 inches (male), 26 inches (female)
Weight: 130-150 pounds (male), 100-120 pounds (female)
Newfoundland is a large dog and a master at long-distance swimming and has true lifesaving instincts in the water. They also are sweet, patient, and are famously good companions.
The Newfoundland dog breed has been nicknamed the lifeguard dog, and are extensively used by the United States and Italian Coast Guard.
They have created a special K9 lifeguard unit consisting of Newfoundland, due to their ability to jump into the water (from speeding boats and hovering helicopters) and use their tremendous strength to reliably pull a person to shore.
Height: 68 cm (male), 66 cm (female)
Weight: 59 kg (male), 54 kg (female)
Brave, affectionate, and loyal, the Bullmastiff will always have your back.
Bullmastiff poses great strength, endurance, and alertness; and their bodies are powerfully built for active duty functions.
The Bullmastiff is fearless and confident, yet remains docile and sweet-natured with his family. They are natural guardians of the home and doesn’t require much exercise or grooming.
3. Neapolitan Mastiff
Height: 26-31 inches (male), 24-29 inches (female)
Weight: 150 pounds (male), 110 pounds (female)
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a watchful and dignified dog; and loyal to loved ones but wary of with strangers. These majestic guardians of startling appearance are massive, powerful dogs.
Although not very active; these awe-inspiring dog bred were used extensively as a guard and defender of owner and property.
Due to his massive structure, his characteristic movement is rolling and lumbering, but the essence of the Neapolitan Mastiff is his bestial appearance, astounding head, and imposing size and attitude.
2. English Mastiffs
Height: 30 inches & up (male), 27.5 inches & up (female)
Weight: 160-230 pounds (male), 120-170 pounds (female)
English Mastiffs make an immediate and lasting impression, standing as high as 30 inches at the shoulder and outweighing many a full-grown man.
English Mastiffs are a courageous and dignified dog breed and are among the list of most popular dog breeds. They are content with long walks and a good romp and responds well to its trainers.
1. Great Dane
Height: 30-34 inches (male), 28-32 inches (female)
Weight: 120-200 pounds (male), 99-130 pounds (female)
The Great Dane standing as high as 32 inches at the shoulder, tower over most other dogs and when standing on their hind legs, they’re taller than many people.
This German dog breed is the tallest dog breeds in the world. Great Dane called “Zeus” was the record-holder of the tallest dog that measured 44 inches from paw to shoulder.
Great Dane with their giant-sized and immensely strong build body, are nevertheless the picture of elegance and balance, which gives them the majesty possessed by no other breed.