Top 10 Large Dog Breeds

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Top 10 Large Dog Breeds

You might be thinking "Big dogs? Well obviously that's either a Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, or Newfoundland." There's no question that individuals in those breeds tend to be very large. In fact, I'll tell you right now that the tallest dogs on record tend to be Great Danes and the heaviest dogs on record tend to be English Mastiffs. But, does that mean that these breeds are, on average, the largest dog breeds?

You might be surprised...

We have compiled a list of our top ten favorite large dog breeds to meet your every need.

10. Bernese Mountain Dog

We can thank the Swiss for many great things: fine chocolate, luxury watches, and the Bernese Mountain Dog. This dog has become extremely popular throughout the years, recognizable because of its affectionate personality and keen intelligence.

Regal-looking with its tri-coloured, silky long fur, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a true outdoors dog that, as its name might imply, fares well in cold weather. Ever patient and loyal, this large dog breed would make a great addition to any family with children.


9. Collie

It'd be very difficult not to mention Lassie when talking about Collies, so there. Lassie.

Now that that's out of the way, Collies are a very popular breed of large dog, not only for their obvious ties to classic literature and film, but for their sharp minds and friendly natures. These loyal dogs rarely show signs of aggression, unless their owners are in need of protection. Equally fearless and gentle, the Collie is good with kids and can be the ideal addition to a happy family.


8. Mastiff

If you've ever seen a Mastiff, you'll agree that there is one word that can properly size up its appearance: powerful. No kidding, this dog is huge--not as tall as a Great Dane, but probably twice as thick.

Fittingly, these dogs make excellent guard dogs. Though the Mastiff seems beast-like, it is surprisingly affectionate, gentle, and extremely loyal. Its devotion to its owners and patience with children have secured its popularity for years.


7. Great Dane

Monumental in size and personality, the Great Dane towers over other large breeds.
Often thought to be the world's tallest dog, only the Irish Wolfhound can claim to be taller.

Gibson the Great Dane, however, currently holds the world record for tallest dog. Great Danes are gentle giants, calm and friendly, despite their intimidating size. They do require love, attention, and plenty of space to exercise those long limbs, though, so they're ideal if you have a big backyard.


6. German Short-Haired Pointer

A true hunting dog, the German Short-Haired Pointer (GSP) is bold, intelligent, strong and playful.

 The German Short-Haired Pointer requires lots of exercise and attention. If properly trained, the GSP makes the ideal companion for owners with an active lifestyle and a love for the outdoors. Otherwise, this headstrong breed may prove to be too much of a challenge for a first-time owner.


5. Rottweiler

Despite the negative attention received due to its portrayal as a mean dog in television and film, the Rottweiler remains a highly popular breed.

Here's why: Historically a herding dog, the Rottweiler's natural obedience makes it adaptable to several roles; just as capable of being a guard dog than assisting as a service dog. Extremely intelligent and good-natured, the Rottweiler is naturally attentive and very loyal to its family.


4. Standard Poodle

It's no wonder the Standard Poodle is often a contributing factor to some cocktails of "designer mutts."

Superiorly intelligent, training this dog is a breeze. It is naturally inclined to being a crowd pleaser--you'll be hard-fetched to find an unsatisfied owner of a Standard Poodle.

Just be prepared to devote oodles of attention and playtime to your pet if you ever choose to become the proud owner of a Poodle.


3. Golden Retriever

Though named as such for their distinctively gold-coloured silky tresses, Golden Retrievers could have easily earned their name for having a heart of gold.

Friendly to both owners and strangers alike, these dogs are renowned for their compatibility with children. Golden Retrievers are primarily indoor pets, but do require a daily dose of exercise running around the yard.
 Plus... how could you resist this adorable face?


2. German Shepherd

Keenly intelligent and eager to serve, it's no wonder these dogs are commonly seen in service roles and working alongside policemen.

One of the most well-rounded pets out there, the German Shepherd is highly versatile, and can make for a loving family member as well as a trusted guardian.


1. Labrador Retriever

What can be said about the Labrador Retriever that hasn't been said? The fact that the Lab has placed number one in the American Kennel Club's registration lists for eighteen consecutive years speaks a lot for itself.

Equally excellent at being a working or companion dog, its intelligence and lovable personality make this breed the most popular dog in the world, regardless of size.

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