Largest Dog Breeds
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Contrary to popular misconception, the largest dogs are often the most gentle and loving. It is probably why they are getting more and more popular with many giant breeds steadily climbing up popularity ranks around the world. So what are these dog breeds and what do you need to know about them?

The great dane has been widely considered the largest dog breed but it pales in comparison to lesser known options like the Caucasian shepherd, Saint Bernard, and the mighty English Mastiff. Here is more about these lovable beasts and 23 other large dog breeds you probably didn’t even know existed.

27. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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Weight of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog: 80 to 135 pounds

Height of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog: 23.5 to 28.5 inches

The Greater Swiss Mountain dog was Switzerland’s most popular dog breed for a long time especially in the countryside. They have been used for everything from guarding to pulling carts.

However, it is their awesome personality that makes them so popular with traits like its unwavering loyalty and general extroverted predisposition.

26. Kangal

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Weight of the Kangal: 90 to 145 pounds

Height of the Kangal: 28 to 32 inches

This Turkish native has grown in popularity among livestock rearing communities around the world for its great defense skills. It has been known to stand up bravely to wild animals including wolves, bears, and even lions in African countries.

It requires a bit of training and socialization for use as a companion pet but they are always willing to learn.

25. Landseer

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Weight of the Landseer: 100 to 150 pounds

Height of the Landseer: 26 to 28 inches

Technically speaking, the Landseer is a variation of the Newfoundland breed. It is actually only recognized as an independent breed by a few select kennel clubs in Europe.

The main difference between the Landseer and Newfoundland is the coat color. The former gets its unique markings from a piebald genetic mutation. This results in varying degrees of white coloration over the body. However, their faces are almost always predominantly black with white spots on the top of the snout and forehead.

24. Akbash

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Weight of the Akbash: 75 to 140 pounds

Height of the Akbash: 27 to 32 inches

The Akbash is known for its white glossy coat. In fact the name translates to “white head” in some Turkish dialects.

It is popularly used around the world as a shepherd dog. This is largely due to its confidence coupled up with its gentleness towards livestock.

It is also popular as a guard dog with its alertness and wariness towards strangers.

23. Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog

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Weight of the Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog: 85 to 160 pounds

Height of the Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog: 26 to 31 inches

This doggy is unique for its nocturnal predisposition. This is one of the main reasons why they are so popular in Europe as guard dogs both for homes and livestock sheds.

Their large size also makes them very effective at warding off potentially dangerous attackers.

Despite their foreboding appearance, great Pyrenees mountain dogs are not very aggressive but instead use loud barking to scare off unwelcomed people or animals

22. Bloodhound

Weight of the Bloodhound: 88 to 120 pounds

Height of the Bloodhound: 23 to 28 inches

Bloodhounds have had close relations with humans as hunting trackers for millennia. They can be traced back to medieval civilizations in Europe where they were used to track prey like boars using their sharp sense of smell.

Today, they are very popular in law enforcement groups for their scent tracking skills. They are also very awesome companion pets with their high intelligence, even-temperedness, and affection for family members.

21. Afghan Hound

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Weight of the Afghan Hound: 44 to 60 pounds

Height of the Afghan Hound: 24 to 29 inches

Technically speaking, this is not the largest dog breed as far as body weight averages and general bulkiness goes. However, they are among the tallest in terms of foot to withers measurements which is what lands them on this list.

Something interesting is the fact that these doggies are considered among the dumbest of all dog breeds. This does not have as much to do with intellect as it does their ability to learn in general as afghan hounds can be quite stubborn and have very poor response rates.

20. Dogue de Bordeaux

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Weight of the Dogue de Bordeaux: 125 to 150 pounds

Height of the Dogue de Bordeaux: 23 to 27 inches

This is also known as the French Mastiff and is one of the oldest breeds in the Western European region.

Despite being lesser known than other popular mastiffs like the Tibetan and Bull mastiff, these dogs have been around for much longer and contribute to the ancestry of the newer mastiffs.

19. Dogo Argentino

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Weight of Dogo Argentino: 77 to 100 pounds

Height of Dogo Argentino: 24 to 27 inches

The Dogo Argentino is not a pure breed dog but instead a combination of a variety of large breeds. These include the extinct Cordoba dog as well as other giants like the great dane, old English mastiff, and the French mastiff just to name a few.

The product is one of the bravest and most loyal dog breeds in existence today that is ideal for both work and companionship.

18. Tibetan Mastiff

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Weight of Tibetan Mastiff: 75 to 160 pounds

Height of Tibetan Mastiff: 24 to 26 inches

With their thick manes, dark faces, and large eyes, these doggies look like teddy bears. Really large teddy bears.

The purebred dogs are native to the Tibetan region of Asia and are perfectly built for the brutally cold weather in the region.

They were initially used as guard dogs for livestock and monasteries but have become more and more popular as companion pets popular for their love of snuggling.

17. Anatolian shepherd

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Weight of Anatolian shepherd: 88 to 143 pounds

Height of Anatolian shepherd: 28 to 32 inches

The Anatolian shepherd is commonly confused for the Kangal shepherd dog, both from Turkey. This is mainly due to their very similar appearance in terms of everything from skill features and coat type to weight and height averages.

However, the Anatolian shepherd is known as the most confident of the two and is more prone to aggressive outbursts if not properly trained and socialized. It is also easier to find in other countries around the world where the Kangal is almost exclusive to Turkey.

16. Neapolitan Mastiff

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Weight of Neapolitan mastiff: 110 to 150 pounds

Height of Neapolitan mastiff: 24 to 30 inches

The Neapolitan mastiff is truly a giant breed with its impressively large measurements and stocky body. The large amounts of loose and wrinkly skin just contributes further to the beastly aesthetic and is the type of look that inevitably grows on you.

Despite this appearance, Neapolitan mastiffs are among the most gentle of all giant dog breeds and are therefore awesome to keep as family pets

15. Boerboel

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Weight of Boerboel: 110 to 176 pounds

Height of Boerboel: 24 to 30 inches

The Boerboel is a rare dog not found in many places outside of South Africa. This mastiff-type pooch is known for its fearless character, territorial nature, and high intelligence.

It is therefore popularly used as a guard dog both in domestic settings as well as law enforcement especially as prison guard dogs.

For use as companion pets, early socialization and obedience training is crucial.

14. Newfoundland

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Weight of Newfoundland: 121 to 176 pounds

Height of Newfoundland: 26 to 28 inches

As the name suggests, this giant dog breed is a native of the Newfoundland region of Canada. They have one of the coolest jobs among working dog breeds which is water rescue 

This is made possible by their sheer strength and calmness even under pressure. They are also physically built for the job with their webbed feet and waterproof double coat.

13. Tosa Inu

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Weight of Tosa Inu: 80 to 200 pounds

Height of Tosa Inu: 24 to 32 inches

The Tosa inu is native to Japan but stands out from other breeds in the region as it does not have the typical spitz aesthetic common to breeds from the region.

Instead, the tosa inu resembles its close relatives from the west including the English mastiff, English bulldog, and great dane. This is due to the large, square head, short coat type and large, stocky body.

12. Russian Black Terrier

Weight of Russian Black Terrier: 99 to 130 pounds

Height of Russian Black Terrier: 27 to 30 inches

This is another dog breed on our list that is not a primitive purebred but instead a combination of different breeds. In fact, it is believed that about 17 dogs contributed to what is currently one of Russia’s most notable exotic dog breeds.

This brave and intelligent black beauty is popular in the military and different arms of law enforcement in the country both for guarding and tracking.

11. Bully Kutta

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Weight of Bully Kutta: 110 to 125 pounds

Height of Bully Kutta: 28 to 30 inches

This is also known as the Indian mastiff. The name bully kutta translates to “greatly wrinkled” which is a great way to describe a lot of these doggies.

However, due to widespread mixed breeding, the modern bully kutta may have loose skin but it is not as exaggeratedly wrinkled as that of its purebred ancestors.

10. Bernese Mountain Dog

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Weight of Bernese Mountain Dog: 70 to 115 pounds

Height of Bernese Mountain Dog: 23 to 27.5 inches

The Bernese mountain dog is a part of the Sennenhund family of dogs from the Swiss Alps region. It is a strong and diligent dog with extensive history as a working breed being used in everything from guarding to farm work.

These dogs are quite even-tempered and although aloof towards strangers will rarely attack if unprovoked.

9. Komondor

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Weight of Komondor: 80 to 110 pounds

Height of Komondor: 25 to 30 inches

A lot of the giant dog aesthetic with this dog is attributable to its thick, long, and wiry coat. This is why they are sometimes known as mop dogs and one look at them will make you understand why.

Despite their large size and bulky coats, these dogs are very energetic and athletic and require a lot of outdoor time.

8. Irish Wolfhound

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Weight of Irish Wolfhound: 105 to 155 pounds

Height of Irish Wolfhound: 30 to 32 inches

This is a member of the sighthound family of dogs and despite its stockier frame and thicker coat, it is every bit as athletic and fast as other relatives like the greyhound.

What is the most interesting about this breed is its history as a hunting and guard dog where it was used primarily against wolves. Thus the name wolfhound.

7. Scottish Deerhound

Weight of the Scottish Deerhound: 75 to 110 pounds

Height of the Scottish Deerhound: 28 to 32 inches

Genetically, the Scottish deerhound is very closely related to the Irish wolfhound. In fact, they are very similar in terms of appearance despite this breed being taller and generally leaner.

As the name suggests, another major difference between these two large breeds is that the Scottish variety is native to Scotland and was used in hunting deer.

6. Cane Corso

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Weight of the Cane corso: 88 to 110 pounds

Height of the Cane corso: 23 to 28 inches

The cane corso is easily one of the most fierce dogs on this list. However, they are not aggressive unless provoked or commanded to do so when used in law enforcement or personal protection.

In fact, cane corsos are real gentle giants when bred and trained for keeping as house pets. They are particularly gentle and patient with children they have bonded with.

5. Leonberger

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Weight of the Leonberger: 100 to 170 pounds

Height of the Leonberger: 26 to 31 inches

Also known as the gentle lion, this dog was specifically bred to resemble a lion. With its thick mane, symmetrical and muscular body, as well as their coat colors, it is safe to say that they definitely hit the mark.

This pooch is also very intelligent and attentive which makes it easy to train for different purposes including guarding as well as simple companionship.

4. The Great Dane

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Weight of the great dane: 110 to 180 pounds

Height of the great dane: 28 to 32 inches

As earlier stated, the great dane is wrongly considered to be the largest dog breed by weight and height. Although this is not technically true, there is no denying how incredibly large these doggies can be.

In fact, it is one of the main contributors to weight, height, and length record-breaking individual dogs with the likes of Zeus who is to date considered the tallest dog ever recorded.

3. Caucasian Shepherd

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Weight of the Caucasian Shepherd: 100 to 200 pounds

Height of the Caucasian Shepherd: 25 to 30 inches

This breed resembles a bear in very many ways from the large form to the wild-looking, thick mane. Historically, their large size, incredible strength, and fearless attitudes made them very popular for use as guard dogs against wild animals like bears and wolves.

Today, these traits are put to use in law enforcement especially in prison guarding where most Caucasian shepherds in Russia can be found.

2. Saint Bernard

Weight of the Saint Bernard: 120 to 240 pounds

Height of the Saint Bernard: 26 to 26 inches

The Saint Bernard may not be very tall compared to other breeds on our list but it is definitely one of the heaviest options. It is also incredibly strong which can be traced back to its intentional breeding in the Swiss Alps for use as a rescue dog.

Over the years, they have also been used as guard dogs, watch dogs, hunting companions, and even shepherd dogs.

1. English Mastiff

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Weight of the English Mastiff: 140 to 200 pounds

Height of the English Mastiff: 28 to 30 inches

This is what most kennel clubs around the world are referring to when they use the simple term mastiff. The English Mastiff is probably best known for its incredibly gentle nature which is in sharp contrast to its large and intimidating size.

For this reason, they have mainly been kept as companion pets and guard dogs in which case they just bark at unwelcomed people and animals.

Related Questions

What Is The Heaviest Dog Ever Recorded? While the English Mastiff is the largest dog by height and weight, it was a Saint Bernard named Benedictine that holds the title of the heaviest dog ever recorded. The giant dog weighed in at an incredible 357 pounds taking over from Zorba the Old English Mastiff who had previously held the record with the recorded weight of 345 pounds.

What Is The Tallest Dog Ever Recorded? Great Danes are known for their great height ranges which is why it comes as no surprise that Zeus the Great Dane is considered the tallest dog ever recorded. This gentle giant measured 44 inches from the feet to withers when standing up. This height was further exaggerated by the doggy’s lean frame.

What Is The Longest Dog Ever Recorded? Zorba the Old English Mastiff holds the title of the longest dog ever recorded with a head to tail length of 8 feet and 3 inches. What is interesting about this specific dog is the fact that he previously also held the title of the heaviest dog in the late 80s, weighing more than 300 pounds.

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