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Large dogs attract the attention of every caring animal lover. Still, tall heavy dogs have a special to become – they are beautiful, majestic. You feel confident and calm with them, since even their appearance inspires fear in the ill-wisher.

The advantages of large dog breeds are many. For example, large pets can, if necessary, protect the life of the owner and his property. Moreover, they will affect the enemy not with the help of a powerful bark, but due to the serious dimensions. The weight of some healthy dogs can exceed the centner, so a rare attacker will risk fighting them. These guard dogs and watchmen, which are impressive in size, include the Caucasian and Central Asian shepherd dogs, St. Bernards.

Another indisputable advantage is the endurance of large dogs, their willingness to serve people, to bring benefits. In the ranks of the police and rescuers are such breeds as Newfoundland, Leonberger. Due to their excellent instinct, ability to make decisions quickly and the absence of malice towards humans, these animals save others’ lives, sometimes risking their own. They are capable of becoming guides for blind and visually impaired people. They can look after the kids when their parents are not around. Despite the absence of aggression, such dogs are able to stand up for the owner, because they have fearlessness.

Large dogs are not sissies, they are able to live not only in the apartment, but also in outdoor enclosures. Usually they are not afraid of cold winters, they are able to survive the heat normally. You can take such pets with you on a trip – to the sea, to the forest, without fear of accidentally losing sight of them. According to many breeders, it is large dogs that are more capable of training and training (compared to small decorative breeds). Also, sometimes healthy dogs have a more balanced and calm disposition, they rarely bark, can be friendly with other pets in the house. True, on condition that the owner pay a lot of attention to their proper upbringing, since an untrained and naughty giant is a headache for everyone around.

However, giant dogs have some weaknesses. Firstly, their life expectancy is relatively low – from 6 to 12 (rarely 15) years. While some small breeds live up to 15-18 years. In addition, the diseases of most heavy and tall dogs are diseases of the joints (dysplasia of the hip and elbow joints, arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc.). Often in dogs, healthy dogs have problems with the cardiovascular system.

The largest dog breeds in history

The largest dogs can be estimated by two parameters – weight and height. The most heavyweight dog in history is considered to be a dog named Aykama Zorb, who lived in the UK in the late 1980s. This English mastiff weighed as much as 155 kg. A little lighter (128 kg) weighed a dog of the same breed Hercules. Also known is the St. Bernard record nicknamed Benedict, who reached 140 kg in weight.

The highest dogs are considered to be the Great Dane. Their usual height is 75-90 cm or more. But such indicators are not the highest. Great Dane from the USA George (now, unfortunately, already deceased) reached 110 cm at the withers. Its weight exceeded a centner – 111 kg. When George stood on his hind legs, his height exceeded 2 m (213 cm). George’s follower is the Great Dane Zeus, whose height is 111 cm.

10 largest dogs in the world

German dog. These giants were bred in Germany at the end of the 19th century. Their usual growth, as mentioned above, is over 70 cm, and a record figure exceeds 1 m.

German dog

Great Dane are excellent guards, although they can be human companions if necessary. They are loyal to the owner, they love children, but they treat strangers incredulously.

English mastiff. These heavy dogs appeared at the turn of the XIX and XX centuries in the UK. Their height is 75-80 cm, and their weight is usually 75-90 kg, although individuals are also larger.

English mastiff

The task of the English mastiffs is to protect the owner and his house. And before, these dogs were used as etching dogs. These animals, unfortunately, do not differ in life expectancy. Usually they live 6-10 years, although sometimes they reach 12-15 years.

Irish Wolfhound. These dogs are hunters, but if necessary, can be retrained as companions. They have no malice towards a person, therefore they cannot become watchmen.

Irish Wolfhound

Their weight is 40-55 kg, and their height often exceeds 80 cm. The exact year of their appearance is unknown, since already in the 4th century there were dogs similar to Irish wolfhounds.

Newfoundland. These giant dogs come from Canada, although they are popular in almost all countries. They are very kind, smart, can get along with everyone.


Such animals are often attracted to serve people – they can be rescuers, search engines, guide dogs. The growth of black giants is 65-80 cm, and weight – 55-70 kg.

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