There are few things more wonderful than dogs. Some people might argue that the bigger the dog the more wonderful they are. If you share that opinion these are the largest dog breeds you can find. Before we reveal what breeds are the biggest there are some things to consider before committing to getting a big dog.
What to Consider Before Buying a Large Dog
Big dogs need a larger living space and the bigger breeds do not do well in apartments. A house with a fenced in yard is the best option but a dog owner that diligently takes their dog for several walks a day can get away with less outdoor space.
Most big breeds need more exercise than average. A dog park can be a great place for your big dog to get exercise but because they are big they have to be trained not to play rough with the other dogs to make sure that no one gets hurt. Big dogs need more behavior training than a smaller dog because they are more likely to hurt someone or themselves if they are careless.
The bigger the dog, the bigger the bill. Medical costs usually increase relative to the size of the dog and some big dogs are prone to medical conditions related to their backs or their digestion because of their size. Bigger dogs also go through more food which can get expensive pretty quickly.
That said, let’s look at our biggest dog breeds!
Meet the Big Dog in Town: The Great Dane
The Great Dane is the largest AKC recognized breed. Great Danes are very tall at the shoulder and incredibly strong. Despite this, they are gentle giants with very calm and sweet dispositions. They are good with children once they are taught to be careful not to knock them down. Great Danes require minimal grooming and less exercise than average.
Fun fact: Scooby Doo, the beloved canine from the hit TV series, “What’s New Scooby Doo?”, is a Great Dane.
More Large Dog Breeds
If you want to go big, but not great dane big, here’s the next 3 largest dog breeds.
The Mastiff is a massive dog that is both tall and broad. This makes them very heavy. Mastiffs are sweet and gentle, though, and bond very strongly to their families. They are very social dogs and love being around people. Mastiffs have easy to maintain coats and light daily exercise.
2. Neapolitan Mastiff
Although they are a type of Mastiff, the Neapolitan Mastiff has distinctive loose, wrinkly skin. They are easy going and sweet dogs that bond very strongly to their family. They can be protective around strangers, however. Because of the wrinkles they need more grooming to keep their skin healthy and they do drool a lot. They need a moderate amount of exercise.
Bullmastiffs are very tall, strong and broadly built dogs. They are laid back, docile, and sweet tempered dogs that don’t bark much. They have a strong guardian instinct. They require minimal grooming to maintain a healthy coat and light exercise.
Final Thoughts on Big Dogs
When you’re looking to become the proud pet parent of the largest dog breeds you should carefully consider if you are equipped to handle the responsibilities. That said there is something wonderful about a truly big dog as part of your family.