Are you one of the people who just have a thing about large dogs? If you are thinking about getting a large dog, here are some facts and features about the world’s biggest dog breeds, and everything you need to know before adding one of these big pups to your family.

Historically, large dog breeds were bred for various purposes, mainly to guard properties, to survive under challenging conditions, to hunt large prey, and to inhibit intruders.

But the truth is, these large and in some cases humongous dogs are usually pretty loving, relaxed and very mild tempered animals, which become loyal and devoted animals.

These are just a few of the reasons why so many people want a large dog as a pet.

Of course, as with all other dogs, these large sized ones need to be properly trained, socialized and taught from a young age to tolerate and get along with people, children and other animals, if you want to enjoy a non-problematic relationship with them, and so that you stay out of trouble with other dog owners and people in general.

Also, even though they may be large and energetic, chances are that if you provide your large pup with sufficient physical and mental exercise and daily walks, it will rather prefer to take naps and stretch out and rest throughout the rest of the day and night.

So, let’s take a look at the largest dog breeds and everything you need to know about them.

The Caucasian shepherd dog

Originally bread in North Caucasus, Russia, this giant of a dog was and still used as a guard dog for livestock, properties, and others. In fact, there have been numerous reports of dogs from this breed fighting off wolves, and even bears and successfully saving animals and people from attacks.

The Caucasian Shepherd can reach a shoulder height of 30 inches, and a weigh of up to 130 lbs.

This is a powerful, muscular and intimidating dog, which can project itself as fierce and fearless whenever there is a threat to the property, the family, or the herd.

With its owners, the Caucasian Shepherd is completely unrecognizable. It is usually a devoted, kind, and loving pet which will adore each and every family member, kids, and pets included.

While these impressive dogs are still used as guard dogs, today they are also popular as companion pets as well.

The breed has several variations. One is the long-coated mountain Caucasian shepherd, and the other is a shorter-coated and slightly smaller steppe type.

Due to its size and power, a dog of this breed is definitely not suited for first time owners, and it shouldn’t be handled and walked by young children or elderly people.

If it is well socialized and trained to understand the hierarchy in the family and how to communicate with people and other animals, the Caucasian Ovcharka can become the best pet and best friend you have ever had – devoted, loving and attached to all family members.

The English Mastiff

Well, if you are looking for the heaviest possible dog breed – the English Mastiff is your answer. An average English Mastiff will reach a weight of 130-220 lbs. and a shoulder height of 27-30 inches. There are historical records claiming that an English Mastiff named Zorba had reached an astounding 343 pounds at some point in its life.

The reason for this impressive body mass is that the English Mastiff was originally bred as a bait dog for bulls, lions, bears and other large animals. With a weight like this, the Mastiff had no problem handling the attacks of much larger animals.

According to historical legends during the Roman Empire, Caesar came upon the English Mastiff while invading Britain, and was truly impressed by its size and endurance. In fact, he took a few dogs from this breed back to Rome and used them in the gladiator and lion fights.

Today, thankfully, this gentle giant is usually adopted to be a loving member of the family as well as a faithful companion. English Mastiffs are often used as therapy dogs and can be of immeasurable help in rescue and search operations in difficult conditions, as well as for tracking or pulling heavy weights.

By nature, this massive dog is very loyal, even-tempered, and calm. It is a perfect family pet, even in families with children.

Keep in mind that dogs from this gigantic breed are prone to isolation anxiety, so you will need to spend time with your pet if you want to avoid spouts of anxiety and destructive behavior which can occur if the English Mastiff is left alone for long.

Also, you should be prepared for long and exciting daily walks and quite a bit of attention and training, if you want your English Mastiff pet to feel happy and grateful for the family, it has.

The Newfoundland

These large eye-catching dogs were actually bred as helpers and work dogs for fishermen. So, yes, Newfoundlands are absolutely brilliant swimmers and can’t resist jumping in the water whenever they see it. The fishermen used these large dogs for restoring any items gone overboard as well as for rescuing drowning people.

These ardent swimmers are still used in rescue operations in the sea and ocean.

The dogs from this giant breed can reach a weight of 200 lbs. and reports claim that a Newfoundland dog in the past grew to weigh a massive 260 lbs.

So, there is no doubt that Newfies are one of the best swimmers in the canine world. These dogs are large sized, but they are, in fact, brilliant and have gentle souls. Usually, Newfoundlands are black, but there are some dogs from this breed with brown coats as well.

Their thick double coats which serve a purpose to keep the dogs safe from freezing when jumping in the cold water make them look even larger than they actually are.

Dogs from this giant breed are affectionate with all family members, but are especially loving and protective of the children at home, which has earned them the nickname “Dog Nannies.”

Newfies require daily exercise and walks, and would be even happier if you can ensure that they have a lake, pond, river or beach where they can enjoy a little swim from time to time too!

The Komondor

Also known as a Hungarian Sheepdog, the Komondor can never be mistaken for another breed because of their long white corded coat which gives them a mop-like look. This Hungarian breed once used for guarding livestock and properties, today has been declared a national treasure in its country of origin.

These unique looking giant dogs can reach a shoulder height of 31.5 inches, and an average Komondor can grow to weigh up to 130 lbs.

These enormous Hungarian dogs are actually not the best indoor pets. They are calm and quiet but will feel much happier if they have a yard to roam day and night. They are barking dogs, so if you have neighbors who are not so pleased about loud noises, you should do your best to train your Hungarian Shepherd to socialize and feel comfortable with strangers and passers-by or choose another breed which is quieter.

These impressive huge dogs are actually very loyal to their families and are known to be particularly patient with children and with other smaller family pets.

Once again, if you are new to dog owning and dog training, adopting a Komondor is not such a good idea. Like other large breeds, these dogs require persistent and serious training and socialization, especially when they are young, which inexperienced owners may find a bit challenging.

In order to keep your Hungarian shepherd happy, calm, and healthy, you will have to ensure that it gets moderate daily exercise, attention, and training. If you properly train your dog and keep it active and content, this will help you stay out of trouble with the people and other dog owners in your neighborhood.

The Scottish deerhound

The Scottish deerhound is one of the oldest hunting breeds. Originally originating in Scotland, this large sized breed was used for chasing and hunting red deer. The Scottish deerhound has an athletic structure like a hound, but with larger, longer and stronger legs, so it is a very fast animal which can reach even the fastest prey without any problems.

These Scottish giant dogs can reach a shoulder height of 32 inches, and the males can grow up to weigh up to 110 lbs.

Overall, these large sized dogs look like larger greyhounds with coats. They have distinctive long tails which hang low and reach to the ground, and while many of them have black noses, you can come across Scottish deerhounds with blue noses as well. As for the color of their coats, there are various combinations. The coat is wiry and harsh on the body and legs of the dogs and gets softer on the belly, chest, and the head.

It is a historical fact, that this ancient breed almost went instinct in the 17th century due to limitations at the time allowing only for the highest ranked aristocrats to own Scottish deerhounds. Thankfully, in the 19th century, the right of ownership was restored, so the breed was successfully continued until modern days.

These burly looking giants are actually very gentle and affectionate animals which will become close with the family and love it dearly. Due to the fact that they were originally hunters rather than guard dogs, the Scottish deerhounds are quite friendly with strangers as well, so you won’t have problems with guests and social gatherings.

It is important to keep in mind that, due to their strong hunting instincts, they should be kept away from cats and other animals.

One of the traits which owners of Scottish deerhounds lobe the most about these gentle giants is that they are quiet and do not have the tendency to bark, so they are perfect for house pets where there are complaining neighbors.

You will need to prepare yourself for long daily walks with a dog like this, but not so much extensive exercising with this dignified and gentle giant dog.

The Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff is one of the popular large dog breeds around the world. It is not as massive as the English Mastiff, but it still is a giant dog which can reach an average height of 26 to 31 inches at the shoulder and a weight of up to 155 lbs. for males and up to 140 lbs. for females.

This Mastiff has very distinctive body folds and wrinkled faces, which make them easily recognizable. Their short coat is blue, mahogany, black or tawny.

It is actually an ancient breed originating from Italy and the Roman Molossus dog. The Neapolitan Mastiff was bred as a property and family protector and guard dog.

Being originally bred as a guard dog, the Neapolitan Mastiff will be very protective of its family and will guard its home, which can become quite a serious problem if it is not trained and socialized in an orderly manner and in time.

Dogs of this breed look fearsome and are powerful, and rather than raising an alarm by barking when they detect an intruder; they will sneak up on them instead.

Given this strong protective instinct, Neapolitan Mastiffs are definitely not suitable dogs for newbies and people without experience with training large guard dogs. They are also not suitable for families with smaller children due to their size, which can cause accidental injuries to the kids.

They do require a lot of love and attention as well as socializing and training as well, and you shouldn’t leave them alone for long periods of time, because they do tend to suffer from separation anxiety and can become destructive which can cost you a fortune in furniture and belongings.

The fact is, with one long walk, and quite a lot of love and special attention, Neapolitan Mastiffs will be perfectly happy and loving house pets.

The St. Bernard

You must have seen the loveable Beethoven from the popular “Beethoven” movies? He is a St. Bernard and is absolutely adorable.

But the fact is that the St. Bernard breed is actually one of the most helpful canine breeds in the world, and St. Bernard dogs have been saving people stuck in the mountains and struck by avalanches for centuries.

The large breed first originated in the Italian and Swiss Alps by the monks in the local St Bernard Hospice. The dogs were used for mountain rescue operations, as well as for clearing paths in the snow and searching for people lost in the mountains in the dangerous pass in the Alps which connects Italy and Switzerland.

Over the centuries, more than 2,000 people have been saved by dogs of this breed. This even includes the soldiers from Napoleon’s army when they were passing through this pass.

One of the most famous St. Bernard (apart from Beethoven that is) was named Barry and saved over 100 lives throughout its lifetime in the 19th century. Today, Barry’s body is proudly exhibited in the National History Museum of Bern, in Switzerland.

The huge size of these dogs is essential for their ability to walk through very deep and heavy snow, and to search and dig for lost people and avalanche victims in the harsh mountain terrains and conditions of the Alps.

The height of a dog from this famous breed can reach up to 36 inches at the shoulder, and its weight can reach 120 lbs. Records show that the largest St. Bernard named Benedictine reached a weight of a stunning 366 lbs. at one point of its life!

As you can expect, the St. Bernard is a very resilient dog and can resist cold and harsh weather. It also has an excellent sense of direction.

Dogs from this breed are loving, gentle and friendly family pets which are great with children and other animals alike.

The Russian black terrier

This is a relatively new large dog breed, which was created prior to WWII by the USSR as a resilient working military dog. It was bred from a cross of 17 dog breeds and is overall an excellent working dog which is easy to train and is naturally very intelligent.

The male Russian black terriers can reach a shoulder height of 30 inches, and the weight in males can go up to 130 lbs.

These giant working dogs have thick and course double coats which are waterproof and weather resistant. They were bred to survive in extremely cold conditions, which is why they are suitable for life in colder areas.

The Russian black terrier is a brave, self-assured, but calm animal with a very strong guarding instinct. Dogs from this breed are very protective of their families and especially of the children at home. When trained and socialized correctly, these dogs can live in perfect harmony with other pets too.

Due to the fact that they are very large, muscular, and strong, you will need to ensure that you establish yourself as a strong leader and a good trainer. Also, they must be socialized extensively from an early age in order to curb their natural instinct of being suspicious to strangers.

They do require intensive daily exercising because their stamina levels are very high and they have a lot of extra energy in their bodies. If you ensure that your Russian black terrier gets the physical and mental exercise it needs, you will end up with a happy dog, which makes a perfect indoor pet. Inside they will prefer to take naps and stay in place, so they are pretty sedentary which makes them excellent dogs for houses and even for smaller apartments.

Even though they are large and can withstand freezing temperatures, please don’t leave these dogs in crates outdoors or alone at home for long, because like other gentle giants, they are prone to separation anxiety.

The Irish wolfhound

With a minimum shoulder height of 34 inches, Irish wolfhounds are among the highest of all canine breeds. Even though they are incredibly high, their weight will only reach up to 105 lbs. for females and up to 120 lbs. for males.

As the name of the breed suggests, it was first bred for hunting wolves, as well as for guarding properties and livestock. This is another ancient breed which goes back to 7000 B.C.

The personalities of the different dogs from this breed vary hugely, but overall, Irish wolfhounds are pretty individualistic and have their own quirks. But don’t worry, they are neither aggressive nor are prone to act impulsively.

In fact, they are considered one of the best large family dogs in our days, because they are highly intelligent, easy going, quiet, and reserved.

They aren’t aggressive to other dogs when they come into their territory, but because they have a strong hunting instinct, they do have the tendency to chase and course other canines.

These tall and large dogs are very careful and gentle with children. They are easy to train too. But due to their individualistic tendencies, and the fact that they were bred to be trained and to live alone and hunt alone away from their owners you may have to deal with a bit more difficult personality than that of other dogs. This though makes them such unique and beloved pets.

The Great Dane

You may think that Marmaduke is the largest dog you have seen, but being a Great Dane, it is more probably the highest dog rather than the biggest one. Great Danes reach an average of 28-30 inches at their shoulders but can continue growing even higher. The record holder amongst this Breed named Zeus was measured at 44 inches at the shoulder!

Unfortunately, like many of the other giant breeds, Great Danes have a significantly shorter lifespan than smaller breeds. The life expectancy of a dog from this breed is just 6 to 9 years, although there are some Great Danes which have lived up to the age of 10.

The breed originated in Germany and came from mixing two other giant dog breeds – the English Mastiff and the Irish wolfhound. Originally, Great Danes were bred to be guard dogs, but today these noble like dogs are preferred as family pets and companions instead.

They are very gentle with children and are friendly to people and pets they know, but keep in mind that they have a watchdog instinct, so make sure they are trained and socialized well, or that they are well confined, away from strangers.

They come in a wide variety of colors, the most impressive being the harlequin black and white Great Danes which will capture everybody’s attention wherever they go.

These elegant giant dogs do need a lot of love, attention, and training. If you give them all that, you can be sure that you will end up with the most loyal, loving and fun dog you have ever had as they are natural people pleasers, and will do everything to return the love and affection back to you.

The Leonberger

The Leonberger originated in the German town of Leonberg and was bred as a dog to mimic the lion on the town’s crest. In fact, the Leonberger is a cross between Newfoundlands, St. Bernard’s and Pyrenees Mountain Dogs. All of these breeds are giant breed, so it comes to no surprise that the Leonberger has an impressive size as well.

Being crossbred from all these great breeds, the Leonbergers are excellent rescue dogs, herding dogs, swimmers, and companions.

The male Leos will reach an average shoulder height of 29.5 inches, which the females a height of 27.5 inches. Their weight is about 140 – 150 lbs.

These gentle lions have a furry, beautiful, and water-resistant coat. They are robust, loyal, intelligent, playful, and kind, which makes them superb family pets. They do shed quite a lot, so if you are looking for a hypoallergenic dog, a Leo is not the right breed for you. To take care of the amazing coat and all the shedding, you need to dedicate some special time for grooming and cleaning once you take in a Leonberger in your home.

Like most other larger breeds, the life expectancy of these beautiful large dogs is quite short – up to 7 years. But still, given its fun and playful disposition, kindness, and lovability, they are absolutely worth adopting. Also, they are instant attention grabbers, so you will be making many new friends on the streets every time you go out for a walk with your Leonberger.

The Great Pyrenees mountain dog

Archaeologists have revealed fossils showing the existence of the Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog breed ever since the Bronze Age. Despite its name, it is strongly believed that the breed first originated in central Asia or Siberia, and later moved to Europe along with the people migrating from these areas.

For centuries, this giant dog has been used as a shepherd dog and has successfully fought off wolves and other predators from the sheep flocks.

The Pyrenees is a powerful and large dog with a beautiful thick coat, and it has an incredibly keen scent and eyesight.

You can expect a dog from this breed to reach a shoulder height of up to 32 inches and a weight of 100 lbs. or more.

Its height reaches 32 inches at the shoulder, and its weigh is often over 100 lbs.

Like the Irish wolfhound, the Pyrenees has been bred to live away from its owner and to guard its flock alone, so there can be some problems with its training, as it has a mind of its own.

Otherwise, the dogs from this breed are calm and mellow companions. They will spring into action immediately in case a threat is detected, so you will need to train and socialize the dog from an early age, in order to be able to control its guarding instincts as it grows up. In fact, make sure you get your Pyrenees to meet as many children, dogs, and people as possible from day one.

If you do that, you will have a huggable, loving, and loyal companion which will reward you with its unconditional love and affection.

The Bernese mountain dog

These beautiful dogs originally come from the mountain farms around Bern in Switzerland. The tri-colored markings of their faces and coats make them highly recognizable.

The males from this breed can reach a height at the shoulder of 27.5 inches and a weight of up to 125 lbs.

They are very docile and kind natured dogs, which are usually very friendly with other pets and with kids.

Despite the fact, that they are giant dogs, they are sweet and affectionate and will do absolutely anything to please their owners. They are faithful companions who will love to go anywhere you choose to go. Because of their origin as hard-working dogs, they do need long walks, playtime, and exercise.

During the rest of the time, they will prefer to nap at home. They will protect you and your family but are not really threatening to strangers. The dogs from this breed get attached to all family members equally, so if you want a large dog which loves everybody at home equally rather than having a favorite person, the Bernese is a perfect choice!

The Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is an impressive dog which was originally bred to guard livestock by the Nomads in Tibet, Nepal, and China. Its height by the shoulder can reach up to 33 inches, and dogs from this breed can reach a weight of 100 – 106 lbs.

This massive dog was used for protecting the livestock in Asia and is known to be able to fight off large predators such as leopards and wolves.

The Tibetan Mastiff has a long, beautiful coat and tail. It is a loving, calm, and patient dog, but being bred as a flock guard dog, it is not known to be too keen on obedience and training.

These large sized dogs are very protective of their families and can grow well along with children. It is not recommended to bring a new Tibetan Mastiff into a family with young children though, as it is better if they all can grow up together instead. The main problem with these beautiful dogs and young children is that they can be overly protective and as such – dangerous to other children which approach your kids.

This is why it is essential to socialize these dogs very well and to teach them to keep their protective instincts in control by inviting people and children to your home from the very first days that you bring your dog home.

While these huge pups are pretty quiet and sedentary indoors, you should abstain from leaving them outdoors for long, or to sleep, because they are diggers and barkers when outside.

The Dogo Argentino

These astonishing white large dogs were initially bred to hunt pumas and boars in Argentina. This is the main reason why they are such athletic, large sized and strong dogs.

The Dogo Argentino can reach a shoulder height of 30 inches and a weight of up to 120 lbs. Dogs from this giant breed are loyal and gentle to all family members at home but are highly protective and distrustful of strangers and of other animals. This makes them another large breed suitable for people with experience in training dogs.

The Dogo Argentino is mainly white and short-coated, although some pups can have a few black spots on their heads.

These dogs are suitable for people with active lifestyles because they need quite a lot of daily walks and exercise. If you fail to provide them with the mental and physical activity they require, they can become destructive.

Today, dogs from this Argentinian breed are still sued for hunting, as well as for working dogs for the police, military as well as for rescue services.

Due to the bad reputation of dog fight organizers who have been known to use Dogo Argentinos as fighting dogs, this breed has been prohibited in countries such as the UK, Iceland, Denmark, Australia, and others.

But the fact is, like any other dog, with the proper care, physical activity and socializing, the dog from this large breed can be excellent, loyal and loving pets.

The Greater Swiss mountain dog

This breed is another one which originated in the Swiss Alps. The Greater Swiss mountain dogs are large and heavy boned canines, which were used mainly as work dogs in farms, guards for livestock, and for pulling heavy loads.

This is the oldest and the largest of all dog breeds from Switzerland. The males can reach a height at the shoulder of up to 30 inches, and their weight can peak at 150 lbs.

The dogs from this giant breed are happy natured, intelligent, and sociable, and they get along with adults and children alike.

The Swissies are known to be winners in a number of dog sports including agility and weight pulling because they are strong, easy to train and like staying active.

These large, impressive dogs have loud and deep barks, so do not attempt to adopt a dog like this if you live in a small apartment, or have problems with complaining neighbors.

They need daily walks, moderate exercise and sufficient living space – indoors or out.

The Swissies are known for the fact that they maintain a puppy-like demeanor until the age of about three, so you will be interacting with a huge sized puppy for long if you add one of these rare large dogs to your family.

Just like with all other breeds of this size, the Swiss mountain dogs require a lot of socializing and schooling and are not suitable for families with very young children because they are large, strong and can accidentally hurt a toddler by knocking it over.

The Cane Corso

You may think that the Cane Corso is the same breed as the Neapolitan Mastiff, but the truth is that they are more like close cousins and have their differences. The Cane Corso was bred as a hunting and a guarding dog, and even though it is a muscular and strong dog, it is not as massive as the Neapolitan Mastiff or other mastiffs. The dogs from this breed can reach a shoulder height of 28 inches, a weight of 110 lbs.

They have a life expectancy of 10-12 years and are very easy to train. These elegant giant dogs are intelligent and confident and have strong protective instincts.

You will need to start with intensive training and socializing of your Cane Corso since a very early age, in order to keep them away from potentially dangerous meetings with people and animals in the future.

Originally created to hunt large animals such as wild boars, the dogs from this breed are athletic and powerful, which means that they are suitable pets for people with quite a bit of experience with training, and need a well-secured backyard.

Even though Corsis are considered loving and loyal family dogs, you should be careful when they interact with unknown people and animals alike. With good care and training, these dogs make wonderful and loyal companions and guard dogs.

The Dogue de Bordeaux

You may know this impressive large dog breed as a French Mastiff. It is actually considered one of the oldest existing French dog breeds. These dogs may not be the tallest ones in this list, but they reach a weight of over 150 lbs. and are well recognized for their large heads.

The Dogue de Bordeaux was bred for hauling heavy weights as well as for guarding people, properties and animals.

Unfortunately, these large sized dogs are known to have one of the shortest life expectancies among canines. You can expect an average French Mastiff to live for just up to 5 or 6 years.

This is unfortunate for the owners of these beautiful dogs because they are loving pets who will love spending time napping and enjoying your company indoors, if you can ensure that they get sufficient daily walks and exercise.

The Kangal

The Kangal originated in Turkey as a guardian dog breed for livestock. The males can reach a shoulder height of 30-32 inches, and their weight is up to 145 lbs. Although Kangals are quite huge, they are very fast and agile animals and are known to reach a speed of 30 mph, which is quite impressive in comparison to most other giant breeds.

When they are appropriately socialized from an early age, Kangals are very friendly dogs and love their families as well as strangers. They can become defensive if they sense a threat for their families, but otherwise, are controlled and calm at home.

Even though the Kangal is one of the fastest large dog breeds, it is a human-oriented dog which stays pretty inactive on its own property. It is a suitable companion if you have a securely fenced backyard, and is not so suitable for indoor life.

The Kangal does shed quite heavily when shedding season comes, so be prepared to spend quite a bit of time grooming your dog.

Also, if you choose to add a dog from this large Turkish breed to your home, you should know that it will require both physical and mental exercise, so long walks, playtime, cycling and jogging with your pet is recommended if you want it to be calm and content once you get home.

Supervision around toddlers and young children is also required, due to the large size of these dogs. The Kangal may accidentally push over or injure a small child in an act of affection, so be cautious if you want to add a dog from this large breed to a family with young kids.

The Boerboel

Boerboels originally come from South Africa. Their height reaches up to 27 inches, and their weight can easily hit the 220 lbs. mark.

These large dogs are pretty gentle and careful with children, so you can adopt a Boerboel into a family with kids and be sure that your children will have a good playmate around them.

They are naturally smart and are obedient dogs, but at the same time are excellent guard dogs as they have a strong territorial instinct. This means that some serious obedience training and socializing is absolutely mandatory if you want to ensure that both your family and other people and animals are safe.

It is recommended that you keep your young Boerboel away from aggressive dogs, to avoid it becoming defensive and fearful later on in life.

When you welcome a stranger to your home, always make sure you introduce him or her to the dog before letting them in.

If you are a first-time dog owner, then this large dog breed is not the best one to choose.

The Anatolian Shepherd

The Anatolian Shepherds have been around for over 6,000 years. They originated from the region of Anatolia in Turkey and were used for guard dogs for flocks and livestock.

They can reach a height at the shoulders of 31 inches and a weight of over 150 lbs. Due to their thick coats, they look even larger than they actually are.

The good news for people who want to add a dog from this breed to their family is that the Anatolian Shepherd has quite a long life expectancy of 11-15 years.

The ears of this large sized dog are stilled cropped in Turkey, but for all other countries where this practice is prohibited, they will flaunt their natural V-shaped ears.

There are Anatolian Shepherds will rough and with short coats, and they have a very specific curved shape of the tail, which remains in this position no matter what the particular mood of the dog is at the moment.

The classic coloring of the coat of the Anatolian Shepherd is fawn, and they have black masks on their faces. Nowadays, there is quite a bit of variation in the coloring of these wonderful dogs.

As a whole, dogs from this breed are very intelligent, loyal, and calm. They are also quite independent and have a natural suspicion for strangers and are very protective of their families and properties.

Once again, this means that all steps for success socializing and training need to be taken from an early age, in order to prevent potentially aggressive behavior and incidents later on.

The Landseer

Landseers resemble Newfoundlands but have white and black coats. Their height at the shoulders can be up to 32 inches, and their weight may reach up to 180 lbs.

Even though these dogs are massive, they are very gentle and sweet dogs.

Like the Newfoundlands, the Landseers are swimming dogs, and are still used for rescue operations with drowning people. They are faster to train than the Newfoundlands as they are more responsive than them.

Also, Landseers have longer and more elegant legs and are quite agile and hardy canines. Their feet are webbed, and their coat is water repellent, which makes them superb swimmers in all kinds of weather conditions.

You should not bathe your Landseer with shampoo and stick to using dry shampoo when grooming it instead.

The dogs from this giant swimming breed are very devoted, generous, and calm. Being a highly intelligent and patient dog, a Landseer can easily be the perfect pet for a family with children. This is a dog breed which adores human company, so be prepared to take it with you wherever you decide to go.

If you can ensure that it gets a nice swim from time to time, your large gentle Landseer will be the happiest pup ever!

In conclusion

Although their size can be quite intimidating, large dogs are excellent family pets, when they are raised, socialized and trained appropriately.

Larger dogs are much calmer and much less energetic than smaller breeds, and they are usually very gentle and loving to children and adults in the family alike.

No matter whether you have experience with dogs, always make sure to check out the specific requirements for training and teaching a pup from a large dog breed before proceeding to add one to your family.

As mentioned previously, it is not a good idea for newbie dog owners to adopt dogs from the largest breeds!

Keep in mind that these giant dogs can reach a huge height and mass, so you wouldn’t want to have a dog of this size, which you cannot completely control or trust!

The bad news for people who love large dogs is that usually, their lifespans are much shorter in comparison to smaller ones.

Still, a dog from one of these large breeds can become the perfect pet, companion, and family member if you provide it with the love, exercise, and attention it requires!

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