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Some Old Large Dog Breeds

Updated on May 12, 2016

The Irish Wolfhound from Ireland

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The Irish Wolfhound dog is a native of Ireland. They were bred to hunt large elk and wolves. They were so good at hunting wolves that in time the wolves became extinct in Ireland. They became popular in other countries, and their numbers decreased in Ireland. The Irish Wolfhound dog seldom hunts today. You will usually find them curled up on the couch. They are considered a giant breed with thick fur. Their fur is wiry under their chin and over their eyes. Their color will usually be black, white, brindle, red or gray. Many centuries ago the Irish Wolfhound dog was a fierce hunter, but the Irish Wolfhound dog of today is happiest when they are petted by their family. When they are in the house, they are calm and relaxed. They love to go for a jog between resting. The Irish Wolf hound dog should have a large yard to roam around in. They are leery around strangers. They will need to be socialized and trained when they are young. They rarely make good watchdogs. They will need daily walks, but you need to take it easy with them. If they are pushed too hard, they will develop joint problems. They are easy to care for. They will need to be brushed several times a week. They should go to the groomer every six months for a trim.

The Kuvasz Dog from Hungary


Over 800 years ago the Kuvasz dog was found in Hungary. The Kuvasz dog was used as a herding dog and a hunting dog. They became popular as police dogs in parts Europe. They still work as sheep dogs, and they have become every good family pets. They are a very large dog. They will weigh 80 to 110 pounds and be 22 to 26 inches tall. Their coat is medium length, coarse, thick and white. They will have a fluffy mane on their neck. The Kuvasz dogs were born to work. They do best in cooler climates. They do not usually make good apartment dogs. They will need daily long walks. Ranchers and farmers like them for their intelligence and dedication to their job. The Kuvasz is an independent dog, but they are also devoted. They are faithful and protective of their family. They would prefer to patrol the yard than cuddle on the couch. They are very gentle and protective of children.

The Estrela Mountain Dog from Portugal

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The Estrela Mountain Dog

The Estrela Mountain dog is very good with children. They are kind, gentle and patient and make great family dogs. They will weigh 65 to 110 pounds and be 24 to 29 inches tall. Their coats are yellow, brindle and fawn with black masks. They will sometimes have white markings. Their coat is coarse and thick. They can have long or short hair. They originated in Portugal and there they are called the Cao da Serra da Estrela. The Estrela Mountain dog is one of the oldest dog breeds to come from the Estrela Mountains area. They are used as police dogs by the Portuguese police. In some remote areas, they are still used to pull carts. They are a very confident and intelligent dog. They can be stubborn, so they must be socialized and trained at an early age. They must have room to run. When they go for a walk, they must be on a leash.

The Akbash Dog from Turkey

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The Akbash dog is a working dog. They have been used as herding dogs in Turkey for over 3000 years. They are very protective of their home and family. They are protective of adults, children, and animals. The Akbash dog has a need to look after and care for its family. The Akbash Dog weighs 90 to 120 pounds and is 28 to 32 inches tall. They are a large dog that has thick, coarse and white. Their hair can be medium long or short. There are a few that have long hair. Their coat needs regular brushing. They will shed a lot in the fall and spring. If you keep an Akbash dog busy you will have a happy dog. They are intelligent, loyal, helpful and easy to train the dog. Being the Akbash dog is a herding dog they may not be happy living in an apartment. They need a large safe area to run and play in. They will usually live around 10 years. The Akbash is a herding dog from Turkey. They go back to ancient time. They are now great companion and family dogs.


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    • norlawrence profile imageAUTHOR

      Norma Lawrence 

      2 years ago from California

      Thanks for comment. Big dogs are usually the most lovable of the breeds.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I do love big dogs. They're just so biiiig and huggable. Nice hub.


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