43 Best Large Dog Breeds to Bring Home
Bigger isn’t always better, but when it comes to finding your perfect canine companion, a teeny-tiny Chihuahua won’t exactly cut it as a jogging partner. These big dog breeds typically tip the scales at 50-80 pounds, although some varieties may skew slightly larger or smaller. Large dogs belong to six different breed groups (sporting, non-sporting, working, terriers, and hounds), each with its own specific purposes or qualities.
Before adopting a dog, anticipate the time and budget that you can realistically provide for your pet. Owning a dog can cost about $15,000 or more over its lifetime, according to the American Kennel Club. That money can go towards veterinary visits, grooming, and food, just to name a few preliminary expenses. All large breeds will require more kibble, but a Poodle, for example, will need more frequent haircuts than a Boxer. A highly active breed will also demand a lot more exercise versus the couch potatoes of the dog world, but all pups deserve basic obedience training, regular walks, and obviously your love and attention.
If you’re looking for a pet that’s more lap-sized, check out these small and medium-sized dog breeds. Curious about the biggest, giant dog breeds? These ones weigh in the 75-150 pound range (or more).
The Akbash is yet another livestock guardian dog originating from Turkey. It can reach up to 34 inches in height and up to 140 lbs. in weight.
Anatolian shepherds are believed to have originated more than 6,000 years ago in the Anatolia region of Turkey. They were bred and used for guarding flocks without their owners nearby, which is why it is crucial to properly socialize Anatolian shepherd pups when they are young.
As its name suggests, the Bernese mountain dog originated in mountain farms in the Bern region in Switzerland. Apart from being very large, the most distinctive feature of this breed is the beautiful tri-colored markings on the coat and the face.
The sleekly beautiful Bluetick Coonhound is a sweet and affectionate charmer who might enjoy snoozing in the shade, but in pursuit of quarry he is relentless, bold, and single-minded. His off-the-charts prey drive must be channeled.
The Denmark Broholmer is a dog that strongly resembles a Mastiff. It is large and powerful, with a loud, impressive bark and dominant walk. A well trained Broholmer should be calm, good tempered, and friendly, yet watchful towards strangers.
The Bully Kutta is often referred to as the Pakistani Mastiff but is actually a decedent of an ancient and now extinct Pakistani dog called Alaunt.
The Cane Corso is a close cousin of the Neapolitan Mastiff. It is highly valued as a guarding and hunting dog. It has lots of muscles but is not as bulky as the other mastiff breeds. It is also a bit smaller than the Neapolitan Mastiff.
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a multi-purpose working dog that is well-muscled and powerful, but with a sense of agility and endurance. They are serious while working and playful at home.
The Central Asian Shepherd Dog is self-assured, balanced, quiet, proud and independent. They are very courageous and have a high working capacity, endurance and a natural instinct of territory. This breed is known for its fearlessness towards large predators.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, peerless duck dog of the Mid-Atlantic, is an American original who embodies the classic traits of a good retriever: loyal, upbeat, affectionate, and tireless. The Chessie is famous for his waterproof coat.
The Curly-Coated Retriever, among the oldest of the retriever breeds, is a famously versatile gundog and peerless swimmer. Poised, proud, and wickedly smart, the Curly is a thinking person’s retriever who will never quit before you do.
The Dogo Argentino is a pack hunting large white dog which originated in Argentina. It was bred to hunt boars and pumas, which is why it is a very large, athletic and strong dog.
This breed is often called a French or Bordeaux Mastiff and is recognized as one of the oldest French canine breeds. It was traditionally used as a guard dog, as well as for hauling and pulling heavy objects.
The English Mastiff is the heaviest dog breed. The heaviest dog from this massive breed named Zorba weighed a massive 343 Lbs. An average mastiff can reach a height of 27–30 inches at the shoulder and a weight of 130-220 lbs.
Pointers are even-tempered, congenial dogs, and despite their large size, make good house pets so long as they get sufficient exercise due to their extremely high energy levels. Pointers are intelligent, affectionate, clean and intensely loyal.
German Longhaired Pointers are a gun dog and as such, they are expected to search, point, track and retrieve game.
Gordons are the largest and most substantial of the setters—a big male might stand 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh 80 pounds.
These giant dogs are friendly to familiar people and other dogs and pets and are especially gentle with children. They are, after all, guardian dogs, so they shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Like the St. Bernard, the Greater Swiss mountain dog also comes from the Swiss Alps. It is a heavy boned, strong dog which is fast enough to be an effective working farm dog – as a guard, a herder as well as for pulling heavy carts.
It was used as a shepherd dog and has keen eyesight and scent.
The Pyrenees is a very large and powerful dog with a thick coat. It is a working dog bred to stop predators such as wolves from attacking and stealing the sheep from its flock.
The champion sprinter of dogdom, the Greyhound is a gentle, noble, and sweet-tempered companion with an independent spirit. For thousands of years these graceful hounds have been an object of fascination for artists, poets, and kings.
The Hanoverian Scenthound has a calm and assured temperament, at the same time sensitive with his handler, and choosy and discerning with strangers. He has high capabilities of concentration in any tracking work with strong loyalty to the hunter in charge.
The Hovawart is a medium-temperament working dog with versatile usage and has a very good nose. He is kind, has an even disposition and protective instinct, is self-confident and has the ability to take stress.
The Kangal is another gigantic Turkish livestock guardian dog breed which makes it to our list.
If you socialize it properly, the Kangal will be very friendly to all family members – adults and children alike, as well as to other people.
You may have seen this eye-catching mop-like large dog before. The Komondor was originally bred in Hungary and used for guarding property and livestock. Today the breed has been declared a national treasure in its home country.
The Landseer is also a swimming dog, which is often used for search and rescue of drowning people. It is more responsive and faster than the Newfoundland and thus is easier to train.
The Leonberger is a crossbreed from St.Bernards, Newfoundlands, and Pyrenean Mountain Dogs. As you can imagine, the size of these canines is quite impressive. Even though they were bred as companion dogs, they are great dogs for rescue work, herding, and swimming.
Neapolitan Mastiffs are highly intelligent dogs which are very protective of their families and home, which makes them excellent guard dogs, but can pose problems if they are not socialized and trained right.
Newfoundlands are incredibly affectionate to their families and are exceptionally gentle and protective with kids, which is why some people refer to them as Gentle Giants or Dog Nannies.
The Perro de Presa Canario has a calm appearance and attentive expression. He is especially suited to guarding and traditionally used for herding cattle.
The Pyrenean Mastiff is friendly towards humans, calm, noble and very intelligent. At the same time, he is courageous and proud towards strangers, from whom he never backs away.
Mioritics are lively and stubborn but in spite of all their independence they are very sensitive creatures in their furry armor. As puppies they stick to the pack which has accepted them.
Overall, the Russian black terrier is a very courageous, calm, and self-assured dog. It has a strong guarding instinct, which makes it a great watchdog. It is very protective of the children at home, and get along well with other smaller pets if they are raised together.
The St. Bernard was bred in the Swiss and Italian Alps for mountain rescue operations by the monks in the Saint Bernard Hospice. They were used for clearing paths in the deep snow and human rescue operations in the very snowy and dangerous St. Bernard pass connecting Switzerland and Italy.
The Scottish deerhound is one of the most ancient hunting breeds in the world. It originated from Scotland where it was used for red deer chasing and hunting. With its long, big boned legs and hound like structure, this strong and large dog can easily reach its prey thanks to its amazing speed.
The Slovensky Cuvac’s breed characteristics conform in type with those of a mountain dog of firm constitution, impressive appearance and thick white coat. He has a strong bone, a lively temperament and is vigilant, fearless and alert.
The Spanish Mastiff is a very intelligent dog, not without beauty, whose expression manifests both these qualities. Rustic, affectionate, kind and noble, he is very determined when facing dangerous animals and in front of strangers, especially when he has the opportunity to defend and protect farms or cattle.
Irish wolfhounds can have varied personalities, but are often quite individualistic and have their personal quirks. At the same time, they are not notorious for being aggressive or to act impulsively.
Even though dogs from this breed are kind, patient and loving dogs, they are bred as flock guardians and will often have their own opinion about what they should do. Which is why Tibetan mastiffs are definitely not champions when it comes to obedience or agility competitions.
The Tornjak is of steady disposition, friendly, courageous, obedient, intelligent, and full of dignity and self-confidence. Fierce in guarding property entrusted to him, he cannot be bribed and is suspicious of strangers.
The Tosa Inu is a gigantic Japanese fighting dog, which resulted from cross-breeding of Japanese breeds and European ones, such as Mastiffs, Bull terriers, St.Bernards and Great Danes.