Large Dog Breeds

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Toy Dog Breeds

Small Dog Breeds

Medium Dog Breeds

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The List

Large dogs are loved everywhere for their great physical endurance and strength. Many of them make great working dogs and hunting companions; however, they still make some of the best pets. Also, large dogs commonly have the best temperament of all dog sizes. Here is a list of most of the large dog breeds. All of these breeds average 20 inches or taller at the shoulder. I have also included ratings of each breed's aggression, playfulness, watch dog ability, grooming, shedding, energy, and intelligence. Remember, though, that each individual dog can be different in certain categories from the breed average. So it is okay if you have a dog that doesn't match up with the ratings on this site.

Afghan Hound
Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- low

Grooming- high

Shedding- medium

Energy- low

Intelligence- medium

More Afghan Hound Info

Airedale Terrier
Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier

Aggression- medium

Playfulness- high

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- high

Shedding- medium

Energy- high

Intelligence- medium

More Airedale Terrier Info

Akita
Akita

Akita

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming-low

Shedding- medium

Energy- medium

Intelligence- medium

More Akita Info

Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamute

Aggression-high

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- medium

Grooming- medium

Shedding- medium

Energy- medium

Intelligence- medium

More Alaskan Malamute Info

American Foxhound
American Foxhound

American Foxhound

Aggression- low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming-low

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence- medium

More American Foxhound Info

Bearded Collie
Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie

Aggression- low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- high

Grooming-high

Shedding- medium

Energy-high

Intelligence- medium

More Bearded Collie Info

Beauceron
Beauceron

Beauceron

Aggression-high

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming-low

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence- medium

More Beauceron Info

Belgian Malinois
Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming-low

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence-high

More Belgian Malinois Info

Belgian Sheepdog
Belgian Sheepdog

Belgian Sheepdog

Aggression-low

Playfulness- high

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- medium

Shedding- medium

Energy- high

Intelligence- medium

More Belgian Sheepdog Info

Belgian Tervuren
Belgian Tervuren

Belgian Tervuren

Aggression-low

Playfulness- high

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- medium

Shedding- medium

Energy- high

Intelligence- high

More Belgian Tervuren Info

Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog

Aggression-low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- medium

Grooming- medium

Shedding- medium

Energy- low

Intelligence- medium

More Bernese Mountain Dog Info

Black and Tan Coonhound
Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound

Aggression-low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- medium

Shedding- medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Black and Tan Coonhound Info

Black Russian Terrier
Black Russian Terrier

Black Russian Terrier

Aggression-low

Playfulness- medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- medium

Shedding- medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Black Russian Terrier Info

Bloodhound
Bloodhound

Bloodhound

Aggression-low

Playfulness- low

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- low

Shedding- low

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Bloodhound Info

Borzoi
Borzoi

Borzoi

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- low

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Borzoi Info

Bouvier de Flandres
Bouvier de Flandres

Bouvier de Flandres

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- high

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Bouvier de Flandres Info

Boxer
Boxer

Boxer

Aggression-low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- medium

Grooming- very low

Shedding-very low

Energy-high

Intelligence- medium

More Boxer Info

Briard
Briard

Briard

Aggression-high

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- high

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Briard Info

Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Chesapeake Bay Retriever Info

Collie
Collie

Collie

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- high

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- high

More Collie Info

Curly-Coated Retriever
Curly-Coated Retriever

Curly-Coated Retriever

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-low

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Curly-Coated Retriever Info

Doberman Pinscher
Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

Aggression-high

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-medium

Intelligence-very high

More Doberman Pinscher Info

English Foxhound
English Foxhound

English Foxhound

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence- medium

More English Foxhound Info

English Setter
English Setter

English Setter

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence- medium

More English Setter Info

Flat Coated Retriever
Flat Coated Retriever

Flat Coated Retriever

Aggression-low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence- high

More Flat Coated Retriever Info

German Pointer
German Pointer

German Pointer

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence- medium

More German Pointer Info

German Shepherd
German Shepherd

German Shepherd

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy- medium

Intelligence- very high

Giant Schnauzer
Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

Aggression-high

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-low

Energy- medium

Intelligence- medium

More Giant Schnauzer Info

Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Aggression-very low

Playfulness-very high

Watch Dog- medium

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy- medium

Intelligence- very high

More Golden Retriever Info

Gordon Setter
Gordon Setter

Gordon Setter

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy- high

Intelligence- medium

More Gordon Setter Info

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-low

Intelligence- high

More Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Info

Greyhound
Greyhound

Greyhound

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- very low

Shedding-very low

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Greyhound Info

Irish Setter
Irish Setter

Irish Setter

Aggression-low

Playfulness-very high

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-very high

Intelligence- medium

More Irish Setter Info

Irish Water Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel

Aggression-low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Irish Water Spaniel Info

Komondor
Komondor

Komondor

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Komondor Info

Kuvasz
Kuvasz

Kuvasz

Aggression- medium

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Kuvasz Info

Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Aggression- low

Playfulness-very high

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-medium

Intelligence- high

More Labrador Retriever Info

Mastiff
Mastiff

Mastiff

Aggression- medium

Playfulness-low

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-low

Intelligence- medium

More Mastiff Info

Newfoundland
Newfoundland

Newfoundland

Aggression- medium

Playfulness-medium 

Watch Dog- medium

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-low

Intelligence- medium

More Newfoundland Info

Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdog

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- medium

Grooming- high

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Old English Sheepdog Info

Otterhound
Otterhound

Otterhound

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-low

Intelligence- medium

More Otterhound Info

Plott Hound
Plott Hound

Plott Hound

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Plott Hound Info

Pointer
Pointer

Pointer

Aggression-low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-high

Intelligence- medium

More Pointer Info

Poodle
Poodle

Poodle

Aggression-low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- high

Shedding-medium

Energy-high

Intelligence- very high

More Poodle Info

Portuguese Water Dog
Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog

Aggression-low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- very high

Shedding-medium

Energy-high

Intelligence- medium

More Portuguese Water Dog Info

Redbone Coonhound
Redbone Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- medium

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Redbone Coonhound Info

Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- medium

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Rhodesian Ridgeback Info

Rottweiler
Rottweiler

Rottweiler

Aggression-high

Playfulness-low

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Rottweiler Info

Samoyed
Samoyed

Samoyed

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Samoyed Info

Siberian Husky
Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

Aggression-low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- medium

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Siberian Husky Info

Spinone Italiano
Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano

Aggression-low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- high

Grooming- low

Shedding-medium

Energy-medium

Intelligence- medium

More Spinone Italiano Info

Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff

Aggression-low

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-low

Intelligence- medium

More Tibetan Mastiff Info

Weimaraner
Weimaraner

Weimaraner

Aggression-medium

Playfulness-high

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- low

Shedding-low

Energy-very high

Intelligence- medium

More Weimaraner Info

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Aggression-low

Playfulness-medium

Watch Dog- very high

Grooming- medium

Shedding-medium

Energy-high

Intelligence- medium

More Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Info


You are now viewing the list of large dog breeds, to view a different size range use these links:

Toy Dog Breeds

Small Dog Breeds

Medium Dog Breeds

Large Dog Breeds

Giant Dog Breeds

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10 comments

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chinemeremz 5 years ago

This list is quite fantastic and a wonderful catalog for dog lovers and prospective dog breeders.

I know the German sherperd is an intelligent dog breed but I never knew the doberman was as intelligent as portrayed in this hub (I now know why rapper snoop dog portrays himself as a doberman).

Thanks for this wonderful compilation, gets my vote up!


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bigdogacb 5 years ago from United States Author

thanks so much for taking the time to comment, chinemeremz, I'm glad to see that you liked my hub, because it did take me a while to compile, thanks again for the vote up!


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Suhail and my dog 5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

There is some good information here. As a proud owner of a 4-1/2 months old Kuvasz puppy, I was glad to see this breed making it to your list :-) My puppy is already showing signs of guardian instincts. Besides, he is already a willing hiker with our family. He loves outdoors and wants to be in the backyard rather than inside lol. Two breeds that I wished you included in your list are Leonberger, the gentle giant, and a less known but a great guard dog called Hovawart, which many people mistake for a large Golden Ret.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

What a wonderful hub and it was a joy to see some of my favourite breeds - especially the Rough Collie and the Flat Coat Retriever. Having said that if I had the money and the space there's not many breeds I probably wouldn't have! One of the most beautiful dogs that I had was actually a rescue puppy. He was a cross breed, between a Flat Coat and a Red Setter. He was coal black with the long Setter ears. In the sunlight you just got a tinge of burnished red under his belly and around his bum! I say that and then I think about all my other dogs and just how beautiful they all were and not just physically!

I really enjoyed this hub and the information was excellent. voted up!


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sandy1973mypetdog 4 years ago from the south

This is one of the best organized hubs I have read so far. Great job of explaining the different breeds and the photos are great to have on the hub as well. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs.


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mypetfinderph 3 years ago from Philippines

I agree to what sandy1973mypetdog has said. A lot of info and pictures in there.


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Davis-simmons 3 years ago from Baker, Fl

I have to say Siberian Husky's are the best! Like voted up!


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Joseph Renne 3 years ago from Milton

Collie are so smart, Seen some amazing things that Collies have done.


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ladyguitarpicker 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Hi , I am a dog lover and have always had large dogs. I loved the hub on these dogs , but I have to differ with you on the Rhodesian Ridgeback , I had a Dalmatian and a medium size mix breed. The Ridgeback would bring me a towel if I was taking a bath, let the other dogs in the yard and shut the gate. She was so intelligent. Great Hub, I'll be back. Stella


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Proud Mama 33 2 years ago from Iowa

Great Hub! I must say you did an amazing job with all the photo's and information provided. I found everything well organized and thought out, not to mention the level of detail for each dog.

I am new to the sight and wanted to take a look around, your hub was one of the best I have seen yet. Thank you for sharing!

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