23 October, 2017

The Biggest Dogs in the World

21. Leonberger

A girl with her huge Leonberger dog

The name Leonberger roughly translates to “the gentle lion” in German and is one of the largest dog breeds in the world. That’s what this dog is in a nutshell. Tall and imposing, the Leonberger sometimes even has the same golden-brown fur a lion would, but with a dark, blackish head instead. These dogs are known for the large tufts of fur that billow at the back of their front and hind legs.Image source

20. The Irish Wolfhound

A boy smiles while this large Irish Wolfhound sniffs his face

Another pup with stunning height is the Irish Wolfhound. Blessed in the leg department, this gray and black dog often towers at a tall 34 inches. They distribute their weight evenly, and these dogs are indeed quite weighty: females may be 105 pounds and males up to 120 pounds. These are some of the oldest pups around, with a history that may date back to 7000 BC in Ireland, of course.Image source

19. Maremma Sheepdog

Added to the large Sheepdog family is the Maremma Sheepdog from Tuscany. Companionable and cheery, the Maremma Sheepdog is at home on the fields herding livestock or in the backyard catching a big, juicy stick. You’ll have to love grooming if you adopt one of these dogs, for they have thick, soft fur all over.Image source

18. Russian Black Terrier

A Russian Black Terrier out in a grassy field

Not to be outdone, though, the Russian Black Terrier is also quite hairy. Its dark wavy fur makes this dog instantly recognizable. Not only that, but they have long patches of fur at their foreheads that can sometimes grow to cover their eyes. Russian Black Terriers may be up to 30 inches tall and nearly 130 pounds, so tread carefully with the scissors if you plan on grooming one.Image source

17. Dogo Argentino

This Dogo Argentino stands alert

We think you can guess where the Dogo Argentino comes from (hint: it’s Argentina). Sometimes called the Argentine Mastiff, that’s because this dog looks like a Mastiff crossed with a comically oversized Bulldog. This pup isn’t playing around though, as they’ve been known to take down wild boar.Image source

16. Great Dane

A Great Dane expectantly waiting for a treat

Of course, we have to include the Great Dane on our list of massive dogs. It’s a favorite from Germany. Although they’re large, they may live up to 10 years, which is impressive. Their height boggles the mind, as they may reach 30 inches or more (one time, a record-holding Great Dane was recorded at 44 inches, so it can happen). These slim, regal-looking dogs are a great breed for sure.Image source

15. Afghan Hound

An Afghan Hound with long, flowing hair

The beautiful, majestic Afghan Hound almost looks too pretty to be real, but it is. These tall but slender canines are often found starring in televised dog shows, where they trot along the artificial green while their long, sleek, straight locks billow in the breeze. Seriously, this dog may just have better hair than you do.Image source

14. Tosa Inu

A large Tosa Inu standing on a road

Hailing from the province of Tosa, Japan, the Tosa Inu is like the much bigger sister of the Shiba Inu. When we say much bigger, we mean much bigger; most Tosa Inus are monstrous at a weight of at least 130 pounds. Some have gone on record to be 200 pounds. Besides that, these dogs are about 30 inches tall, meaning they would tower and overpower even the biggest human. Apparently, they are part Great Dane, St. Bernard, and Mastiff, which you can tell by looking at them.Image source

13. Kuvasz

An adorable Kuvasz puppy

We can’t talk about the largest dogs without bringing up the Kuvasz. Originally bred in Hungary, these tall and stocky dogs would hunt and manage livestock. Their existence dates back many centuries. Today, although they may not chase down chickens, Kuvaszes make great protector dogs. If you happened to shave one, you’d notice they’re black, not pink. How crazy is that?Image source

12. Boerboel

A large Boerboel playing behind the grass

Now we’re getting into the truly, insanely big dogs. The Boerboel, although it looks terrifying from its size alone, is actually quite a sweet dog that makes a great companion for children. This is due to its loyal nature. Easily trainable if you adopt one, Boerboels will be a handful: literally. Most can reach 220 pounds and nearly 30 inches tall. This interesting South African dog is an absolute behemoth.Image source

11. Bully Kutta

Bully Kutta letting its tongue stick out

Yes, there is really a dog named the Bully Kutta. Sometimes also going by the Pakistani Bully, this isn’t exactly the friendliest dog on the block. They will fiercely lord over their humans, and with their average weight of nearly 200 pounds (regardless of gender), no one is going to mess with you if you own one of these dogs. Image source

10. Anatolian Shepherd

Petting a cute Anatolian Shepherd

Like many of the Shepherd dogs on this list, the Anatolian Shepherd is a powerhouse. With their decade-plus lifespan that’s extremely amazing for their formidable size, this Shepherd breed needs special training to bring out its kindly traits. Boasting plenty of fur, this Turkish dog may reach 150 pounds and surpass 31 inches. These dogs have been around for thousands and thousands of years and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon!Image source

9. Dogue de Bordeaux

A happy Dogue de Bordeaux with his tennis ball

If you can get past the goofy face of the Dogue de Bordeaux, you’ll realize there’s a lot to love about this tall and gangly fella. These pups have small, highly-placed jaws that nearly reach nose level; they also have long, dangly jowls. Existing in France for generations, the Dogue de Bordeaux is part French Mastiff, which attributes to its 140-pound weight (for both genders) and nearly 30-inch height.Image source

8. Tibetan Mastiff

A Tibetan Mastiff puppy raising its paws

Yet another huge dog of note is the Tibetan Mastiff, which once called Nepal, China, and Tibet its home. Able to take down leopards and wolves in the wild, it’s one of the few largest dogs that has the bulk for the job, weighing in at 160 pounds and measuring 33 inches. Like some other dogs on this list, the Tibetan Mastiff can scale mountainous terrain; their thick fur keeps them warm.Image source

7. Great Pyrenees

An adorable Great Pyrenees pup sleeping in an odd position

A burly dog through and through, the Great Pyrenees has surprisingly lightning-fast speed. Their impressive agility is ideal for chasing livestock, which is what they were originally bred for. Living for up to 12 years, the Great Pyrenees can weigh up to 120 pounds and grow to 32 inches tall. As puppies, they’re absolutely adorable. This dog is also kinder than it looks, and it has a sweet affectionate streak.Image source

6. Akbash

A sleepy Akbash puppy getting a belly rub

At first glance, the Akbash may not look that mighty, but sheep would beg to differ. This shepherd and livestock chaser from Turkey will get along great with other animals, even if this dog is a little bossy. They don’t look as big as they are because they tend to be skinnier, but don’t be fooled. Akbashes can still grow up to 34 inches tall and weigh more than 140 pounds, so there’s a lot to these big pups.Image source

5. Doberman Pinscher

This alert Doberman Pinscher standing on the snow

Doberman Pinschers are no small dog, so don’t take them lightly. They may have tiny tails and ears, but the rest of them is quite sizeable. Although they were once more aggressive (and were even used as attack dogs), today, the Doberman Pinscher has outgrown its mean reputation. That said, you could certainly see how this dog could strike fear into a man’s heart, what with its long, lean body and massive stature.Image source

4. Cane Corso

A Cane Corso relaxing on grass

Another pup with a bit of Mastiff in ‘em is the Cane Corso. This majestic, often black-furred dog comes all the way from Italy. It, like the Doberman Pinscher above, was once used for hunting, although today the dog is much more chill. Although it’s not necessarily large, a Cane Corso can sprout up to 110 pounds and nearly 30 inches, so don’t discount this dog. It has defined musculature that can be seen beneath its cropped fur. Image source

3. Bullmastiff

This big Bullmastiff looks like the king of the woods

The Bullmastiff, like many of the other Mastiffs on this list, is tall, toned, and lean. They have long legs perfect for giving chase as well as protective tendencies. Don’t be nervous around this dog; Bullmastiffs learn very easily and love to please. The only downside to owning this breed? The drooling. Image source

2. Alaskan Malamute

A man and a huge Alaskan Malamute dog sitting on a sofa

As you probably guessed, the Alaskan Malamute is adjusted to the below-freezing temperatures of the Alaskan tundra. Once used as sled dogs, these pups can pull great weights at long distances. It’s no wonder, considering most males are 95 pounds and 26 inches tall while females are nearly 85 pounds and almost 25 inches high.Image source

1. Giant Schnauzer

A Giant Schnauzer standing sideways

Talk about one huge dog! The Giant Schnauzer has its scary size in its name: giant. It has a history dating back to wrangling livestock, then as a military dog in World War I and World War II. Today, the Giant Schnauzer retains those interesting qualities, making this ginormous dog a great

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