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The 6 Biggest Dog Breeds in the World

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on January 14, 2021

There’s something about an oversized pooch.

Not only are large dogs particularly huggable and not as fragile as their smaller relatives, they are also often described as calmer, quieter, and easier to train. “Many large dogs feel secure in their own position in the world in the truest sense of the word and figuratively and often don’t feel compelled to prove themselves,” explains breeder Denise Flaim in this Reader’s Digest article.

Not to mention, many larger dogs like mastiffs and Newfoundland dogs were bred for centuries to protect and save their people. So you are literally hardwired to be your best friend and / or save your life. Now let’s start our countdown of the largest dog breeds in the world:

6. Leonberger

Like most of the dogs on this list, Leonbergers have a reputation for being gentle giants. This loving breed comes from the German city of Leonberg and, according to legend, was bred to resemble the lion on the city’s coat of arms. They can weigh up to 170 pounds and grow over 30 inches at the shoulder.

5. Irish Wolfhound

Originally bred in Ireland to hunt wolves – you guessed it – this breed is actually cheerful, patient, and makes a wonderful family dog. They often weigh up to 180 pounds. Even if they lack the original killer instinct, size alone can intimidate unwanted guests.

4. Great Dane

Fun fact: Scooby Doo was a Great Dane! This breed embodies its comic book counterpart in real life and is kind, confident, and gentle. A particular Great Dane named Zeus has been certified as a Guinness World Record holder for her height of 46 inches (!), But generally speaking, this breed is 34 inches tall and weighs 100 to 200 pounds.

3. St. Bernard

Especially massive Saint Bernard dogs have been known to weigh a whopping 260 pounds – sure, you should stay away if they are drooling. (What they do. A great deal. But it’s worth it because they’re adorable.) Bred for rescue work in Switzerland as early as 1707, these cute creatures are 35 inches tall and have been described as “charming” on more than one occasion.

2. Caucasian Shepherd

Caucasian Shepherds have a good reputation – given their impressive size (30+ inches) and weight (up to 220 inches), they are “theoretically” capable of killing a lion – provided they are properly socialized from a young age and trained These loyal dogs do well in a family home.

1. English mastiff

Get this: the largest English mastiff weighed 343 pounds. That’s about 113 pounds heavier than the average male mastiff, who weighs 200-230 pounds and grows to about 36 inches tall. Fortunately, these giant pups aren’t great jumpers – they are described as docile, affectionate, and good-natured.

Ultimately, it doesn’t come down to the dog’s size, but the amount of love, training, and freedom you give them! (Our extra-large dog doors can help with the freedom part. You’re welcome.)

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Robert Dunfee