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Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamutes are often sought after by families looking for loyal companions who are great with children. The breed is..
Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois, also known as a Belgian Shepherd Dog, is a short-coated, sleek, medium-sized and square proportioned dog that..
Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

Affectionately known as the “Berner,” the Bernese Mountain Dog is a variation of the Swiss Mountain Dog. Sporting a long,..
Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff

The Bullmastiff is a very strong and powerful dog. Known for their excellent intelligence, they make outstanding family pets and..
Great Dane

Great Dane

From Scooby Doo to the Hound of the Baskervilles, the Great Dane has been an iconic symbol of television and..
Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

A breed of dog associated with standing guard faithfully with its shepherd, the Great Pyrenees is one of the oldest..
Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound

There’s hardly a dog more striking than the Irish Wolfhound. So aptly named, the dog’s scrappy appearance and majestic stance..
Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador retriever is one of six retriever breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club as members of the sporting..
While they come with their own unique characteristics and needs, big dog breeds can be demanding for their owners. However, most big dog lovers are loyal, attentive dog owners and feel that big dog breeds give them more to love. Indeed, the largest dog breeds group has some of the world's most lovable and affectionate canine friends of all. Big in personality and size, they are well worth the extra muscle required to handle them.

Large or big dog breeds generally weigh between 60 to 95 pounds. German Shepherds, Doberman Pinchers, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are common large or big dog breeds. Some dog breeds are even bigger, weighing in at over 100 pounds. These dogs are grouped as extra large dog breeds or giant dog breeds. For example, the Newfoundland Dog Breed can weigh up to 120 pounds. weigh up to a whopping 190 pounds. Other well-know extra large or giant dog breeds include the Great Dane, Saint Bernard and the Neapolitan Mastiff.

The owners of larger dogs must carefully consider whether or not one of these lovable giants are suitable for them. Animal shelters sadly see an influx of dogs surrendered because their new owners didn't follow this advice.

Those considering getting one of the larger or giant dog breeds would do well to remember that these dogs were mostly bred to be working dogs. They pulled carts full of ammunition in wars, hauled rescued ice fishermen home on sleighs and pulled drowning victims from the water. They are happiest when working and need plenty of open space and exercise to replace their "lost jobs". Some, like the Newfoundland are bred for colder climates and might hate a tropical climate.

Most larger dogs have more grooming requirements than other dogs. For example, the shaggy, coarse coat of the Old English Sheep Dog needs constant care to keep from becoming an impossible mass of tangles. They must be thoroughly brushed at least 3 times a week.

It is important that larger dogs are trained not to jump up to greet you or your guests. While you might adore your Yorkie for greeting you excitedly at the door, the same won't be true for your 190 pound Mastiff.

Larger dogs of course eat more and medicines and vet bills are bigger along with their size. If you have your heart set on a big dog and have the time, energy, space and resources needed, you will have some lovable choices among the largest dog breeds.

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