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Top 10 Biggest Dogs
"Sam," the Biggest Dog in the World
Things To Consider Before Getting a Big Dog
You may be considering buying a dog from one of the biggest breeds. If you own a big dog, you will need a spacious house for the dog, and perhaps most important, a generous budget for feeding the dog. Some of these big breeds will eat up to 8-10 kilograms of meat or other food in a day or two.
Other costs include veterinary costs that may be very high. In 2008, owners of the then-biggest dog in the world, named "Sam" (see right), were trying to raise £1400 for surgery he needed.
These are some of the limitations of owning one of the biggest dog breeds. But although these breeds are costly to maintain as pets, they may be very useful as family guard dogs. If you are ready to own one of the big dogs, here is the list of the top ten largest dogs.
How Does a Breed Qualify to Be One of the Top Ten Biggest?
"Big" is a term that can be relative. So here are certain factors that I considered when writing this list. I decided to rate the dog breeds according to their height, weight, and the size of their extremities (appearance).
- Height: The height of the breed should be considerably greater than that of other breeds.
- Weight: The weight of the breed should be over 100 pounds.
- Appearance and Size of Extremities: For a dog to be considered one of the largest dog breeds, they should look gigantic; they should have a huge head and limbs.
A combination of these three factors makes a good criterion for choosing the top ten.
10. Neapolitan Mastiff
Origin: This breed comes from Italy.
Common Use: The Neapolitan Mastiff is generally bred as a family guard dog. Its size and fearless temperament make it ideal for that purpose.
Height: The height should be 66 to 79 centimeters when measured to the level of the withers. This is the accepted height for AKC registration of this dog breed.
Weight: The breed should weigh between 130 to 155 pounds, but females may weigh slightly less.
Temperament : Fearless. An ideal family guard dog.
9. Irish Wolfhound
Common use: This dog is classified as a sight hound (a breed that relies on keen eyesight and speed in hunting). They have good speed and endurance and will also trail game using their well-developed scent-tracking ability. Primarily this is a hunting dog breed.
Height: The minimum height of this breed is 32 inches (females may be slightly shorter).
Weight: The range of weight for this breed is 120 to 150 pounds. Females may weigh less.
Temperament: This dog is naturally quiet but a very keen and swift hunting dog.
8. Great Pyrenees
Origin: France or Spain.
Use: Primarily a livestock guarding dog.
Height: From 69 to 80 cm (27 to 32 inches). The females may be slightly shorter.
Weight: Between 80 and 90 pounds.
Temperament: A very good dog for a family with kids since the breed is affectionate and gentle with children and family members. Although the dog may have territorial tendencies, it is very patient.
Origin: The Canadian province of Newfoundland.
Common Use: They worked with fishermen to save people from drowning. The breed has webbed feet, appropriate for their ancient role. Today they are adopted as family pets due to their gentle nature.
Height: from 25 to 28 inches.
Weight: 120 to 150 pounds.
Temperament: Very gentle, and an ideal pet for the whole family.
6. Tibetan Mastiff
Origin: Tibet, China.
Use: Guarding at night.
Height: From 25 to 31 inches (a maximum of 80 centimeters).
Weight: Between 140 and 180 pounds.
Temperament: Unpredictable behavior that may turn ferocious.
5. English Mastiff
Use: Initially used for protection and combat. Today they are domesticated as pets.
Height: A maximum of 75 centimeters (equivalent to 30 inches).
Weight: 120 to 200 pounds.
Temperament: Although they have a powerful body, they are gentle and loyal dogs that are good for adoption as pets.
4. Saint Bernard
Origin: Italy / Switzerland (Swiss Alps).
Use: Skilled search and rescue dog.
Height: 26 to 27 inches.
Weight: A maximum of 180 to 200 pounds.
Temperament: Gentle, good family pets.
Height: For males, 71 to 81 centimeters; females may be a few centimeters shorter
Weight: Between 120 and 170 pounds
Temperament: This breed makes good therapy dogs, and they are gentle and friendly to family members.
2. Bull Mastiff
Use: Originally bred for protection and hunting game.
Height: 24 to 27 inches.
Weight: 100 to 130 pounds.
Temperament: A tough and very territorial protective dog. It is a good guard dog as seen in its fearless nature.
1. Great Dane
Origin: Germany; alternatively called the German mastiff.
Use: Bred for hunting, particularly of wild boar and deer.
Height: The tallest of all dog breeds, it stands at 112 centimeters (44 inches).
Weight: 120 to 200 pounds.
Temperament: Despite the impression its height creates, the breed is not aggressive at all. It's a loving and gentle dog breed.
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Other Big Dog Breeds
Here are more big dog breeds. The poll below includes all 20.
- Caucasian Ovcharka
- Moscow Watchdog
- Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
- American Akita
- Anatolian Shepherd
- Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff)
- Perro de Presa Canario
- Bulgarian Sheepdog