10 Largest Dog Breeds


Did you know that one of the largest dog in history was a Great Dane by the name of Zeus? He stood at a whopping 112 centimeters (44 inches).

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, with some being as small enough to fit in a handbag, whereas some are large enough to smother a fully grown human. There are so many different breeds, but here is a list of the 10 of the largest dog breeds in the world.

10. Caucasian Shepherd Dog

caucasian shepherd dog

Caucasian shepherd dog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At number 10 is the Caucasian Shepherd Dog. They are quite large but are not very heavy, a fully grown adult male should be about 70 centimeters tall (28 inches) and can weigh about 45 kilograms (99 pounds). They are a sturdy breed, with somewhat aggressive temperaments. They are mildly intelligent, and very obedient breed that was bred in the Caucus Mountains to fend against mountain predators.

9. Kuvasz


Kuvasz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A breed originating out of Tibet, but commonly associated with Hungary. The Kuvasz is another extremely large dog. Adult males can grow to be 76 centimeters (30 inches) tall and weighing up to 68 kilograms (150 pounds) almost twice the size of the previously mentioned Caucasian Shepard Dog! They are easily recognized by their thick white fur, and large size. They were associated with Hungary due to the royal family using them exclusively as hunting and guard dogs.

8. English Mastiff

English mastiff

English mastiff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Changing gears a little bit, the English Mastiff isn’t the tallest dog however it is the heaviest. It currently holds the record as the heaviest dog with an English Mastiff named Hercules holding the record weighing in at 127 kilograms (282 pounds).

Generally however, most adult males of this breed will weigh no more than 113 kilos (250 pounds) and they don’t get much taller than 75 centimeters (30 inches). They are generally docile, and loveable pets but require a lot of space to move around in because of their large frame.

7. Irish Wolfhound

irish wolfhound

Irish wolfhound (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Far and away largest dog breed on this list is the Irish Wolfhound. Thin and gangly the Irish Wolfhound was bred to be fast and intimidating, to assist with the hunting of wolves and boars. With adult males measuring up to 78 centimeters (32 inches) and weighing about 54 kilograms (120 pounds) standing on their hind legs they can be as tall as 7 feet!

6. St. Bernard

St. Bernard

St. Bernard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The well-known St. Bernard is easily recognizable due to the fact that, that it has gained international respect and recognition for its valuable help in alpine rescue missions. It is also known as the national dog in Switzerland due to this.

The St. Bernard is one of biggest dog breeds, with adult males measuring approximately 90 centimeters (35 inches) and weighing up to 120 kilograms (264 pounds). They have been known to be very dependable, and especially strong as they are some of the strongest dogs in the world. Due to their large size however, they must be well trained to live as domesticate pets.

5. Newfoundland


Newfoundland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Originally bred as a working dog for the fishermen of Newfoundland, Canada – Newfoundlands are large, dependable dogs that were bred by fisherman from the land which they are named for. They are some of world’s biggest dog breed.

Adult males can measure up to 70 centimeters (30 inches) and can weigh up to 80 kilograms (176 pounds). They are known to be extremely adept at water rescue, as their thick coats of fur and webbed feet allow them to navigate the frigid Atlantic Ocean easily.

4. Leonberger


Leonberger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps the most interesting story on this list, the Leonberger is not as massive as some of the other breeds on this list but still stands impressively at 80 centimeters (31 inches) and weighing 150 pounds (68 kilograms).

The story goes that they were bred for mainly to imitate the lion of the German city of Leonberg, and afterwards people discovered they inhibited many of the qualities of a lion itself, while still being able to be trained. As such they made excellent search and rescue or working dogs, and are well adjusted to living with humans. Their most striking feature is the black “mask” which covers their face.

3. Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff)

Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like the English Mastiff further up this list, the Dogue de Bordeaux is one of the oldest breeds in Europe. Sharing about the same measurements as the English Mastiff, a fully grown adult male will be about 69 centimeters (27 inches), and weigh about 68 kilograms (150 pounds).

By far the most distinctive feature about the French Mastiff is their gigantic heads, sporting the largest heads of any canine species. They are extremely energetic dogs, requiring many walks throughout the day and a lot of food to replenish their energies.

2. Anatolian Shepherd

Anatolian Shepherd

Anatolian Shepherd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the strongest breeds on this list, the Anatolian Shepherd was mainly used to guard flocks of goats and sheep in the Anatolian Mountains from everything from wolves, bears, and jackals. They aren’t the largest breed, but are known to be able to take out wolves with their strength and resourcefulness.

They measure about 78 centimeters (31 inches) and can weigh 68 kilograms (150 pounds). They are not well adjusted to domestic life, as they are used to being alert for any signs of predators. They have also been documented as being able to take on wolves in defense of their herds, making them extremely dependable guardians.

1. Great Dane

Great Dane

Great Dane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Number one on our list couldn’t be anything but the famous and recognizable Great Dane. The most recognizable Great Dane of all time perhaps being the animated Scooby Doo. Like the previously mentioned Zeus, Great Danes can grow to be frighteningly tall.

With average Great Dane’s measuring about 100 centimeters (40 inches) and weighing up to 54 kilograms (120 pounds). They also have some of the most unique coats of any dogs, with some Great Danes even being able to have an almost blue coat of fur.

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  1. diane

    April 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Are you kidding me, I have a Rott. And a dobie, I have had 5 Dobermans, and not one was aggressive, or dangerous, and my rottie, has been the best addition to our home. I have a 9 year old son that has grown up with both a Rottie and a dobie, at the same time, and I can’t believe that people would say they are dangerous, they are not, and its not the dog, its the owner, and how you raise them, you love them, they show love, you treat them mean and that’s what you get.
    So no, not dangerous. They should look at the owners not the dog.
    Love your dog, and they will love you their whole life, unconditionally. I CAN PROMISE You.

    • louise

      October 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      I totally agree with you about the Rotties, I’ve had three so far and they are the best dogs! At the moment i have a 6 month old monster of a dopey Rotty who gets a pounding every day off of my 13 week old patterdale border terrier cross :)

      • Milo

        February 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm

        What about Tibetan Mastiff? ( Up to 70 kg.)

        • MOM

          March 26, 2015 at 5:51 am

          I agree a Tibetan Mastiff should be on this list. I’m not sure the AKC recognition it has, but by far an amazing creature. Magestic and regal.

    • Tam

      October 31, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      I am with you Diane. I had the most amazing Rott and she was the best family dog ever. Great temperment with the kids (could tolerate a lot more than I could) and very protective over them. She was also wonderful with anyone that I invited into my home as long as they gave her a little hello. I now have a huge dane who is also very loving and very careful around small children.

    • rod

      September 10, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      True, large dogs are not hard to socialize. I’ve found many of the tiny breeds to be more aggresive. I’ve had rotts dobies akitas pit bulls all of them very sweet. Rotts and pit bulls specially. I also currently have a mini pin that is quite aggressive and will bite a stranger soon as that person turns around.

    • remelo

      October 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      So rite.. the dog dors wht te owner wants..dauh mans best friend. All I own is pits.. my dogs are good round kids and other animals. O can put my men on anything i want then to destroy and as soon as i call them off they stop..control yur dogs train them well. Any dog can be deadly if trained

    • Kinesis

      November 23, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      A rott attacked my Deerhound before and ripped part of his ear off but obviously he wasn’t used to bigger dogs or trained well. It all comes down to the owner and sometimes their instincts.

    • Crystal

      November 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      I agree I have only ever had Rottweiler’s and Pit Buils . They are far from mean they have NEVER bit anyone and I have 4 small children whom all my dogs adore! People who say they are mean are just giving an excuse not to get their child the dog they want. Every dog is awesome it all depends on how you raise them much like children.

    • Helen

      January 21, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      My sister worked for a vet who had two Rottweilers my nephew & the vets son would sit on their backs my sister,the vet,my mum,& myself were the only people who could get near the boys if they were crying

    • Larry

      January 27, 2015 at 1:12 am

      I have a rottie too and he is great. He smells like poop and clips my toenails.

    • freddy

      March 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Rotts are unpredictable COMPARED to most other breeds. They are one of the most loving and awesome dogs but I have seen extremely loved and well trained Rotts attack, unprovoked several times. I have never witnessed this with other breeds. Again, I’m not saying your dogs will attack, I am just saying it is more likely with their breed. To make the statement that they could never be dangerous is idiotic, and to say that it is the owner is just as dumb. All large dogs can be dangerous no matter who the owner is. Your emotions and inexperience have over-ruled your logic.

  2. Nicole

    April 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve seen noofies as big as an Akita I belive that you should ad a canecorso beacuse my canecorso is big as a gait dane.

    • bob

      January 10, 2015 at 5:17 am

      Cane corso is not as big as a great dane. Maybe as big as a black lab.

  3. ed

    June 19, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Caucasian Shepherd Dog: Males weigh between 50 kilograms (110 lb) and 90 kilograms (200 lbs). From the same wiki article. Strong research skills

  4. Kelly

    July 9, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I too have @ female Rotti’s and as Diane I agree. Both my Rotti’s happen to be big bears, very loyal and great with kids…DO NOT FEAR THIS BREED….they have gotten a bad wrap!!! I as well have owned 2 pitbulls which neither of those were vicious in the least…ITS NOT THE BREED ITS THE OWNERS!!! If your willing to dedicate your time to training them, they will be the best companions ever…Mine are spoined rottin:)

  5. LD

    July 22, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Bought our harlequin Blue Merle great Dane.. Worst mistake ever.. We loved the dog sooo much.. He was great with our child.. He had allergies from all that special breeding they did to get the blue color… He attacked a little girl.. Never seen it coming.. Just flipped one day.. I truly believe it is the interbreeding^ as we treat our animals great, all the food water friends love comfort available.. Something just snapped we had to put him to sleep.. Don’t buy “designer Danes” they are interbred a lot to get that way.. Did I mention this dog was allergic to everything.. Had 2 pages of allergies on the allergy test we ha done..

    • ScoobyDont

      November 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Have a friend with a similar problem. Docile gentle Great Dane homebody sofa-snoozing lazybones one day flipped and mauled and killed a poodle…with no sign of provocation. Very dangerous situation, nothing could stop her and she then had to be put down. Couldn’t be trusted and could have killed an adult human in her poodle-killing frenzy…there was no stopping her.

  6. Deep Hollow

    August 16, 2013 at 2:18 am

    The average Great Dane isn’t 40 inches tall. This must be a typographical error. Few Great Danes reach 40 inches in height. Most references say male Great Dane’s average 32 – 34 inches in height.

  7. Carol Fiori

    August 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I own a Dogue de Bordeaux…what was said about them being energetic, eating alot and requiring several walks is hogwash! My Simone loves to sleep(alot)..eats normal amounts of food and does not go on continuous walks(by choice). She hangs out in the yard. Simone is a very cumbersome dog and is anything but active!

  8. conor

    September 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

    my cousin has an alsatian thats 40.5 inches, and my dads ex boss has two irish wolfhounds that are taller than 44inches. ive seen a few great danes that are bigger than that and i live in a small town in ireland so dont gimme that shit about 44 inches, the tallest dog ever, bollocks…

  9. conor

    September 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

    great dane 31 inches, REALLY like, you wanns hit the books, or go outside for a bit. see a thing or two…. people use the tinterweb for reliable info, not to be lied too. REALLY like

  10. conor

    September 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

    i meant to say 41 inches

  11. matt

    November 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

    French mastiff…68kgs?? What about the two that i have had ranging from 88- 97 kilograms!? Those giudelines are almost all incorrect.

  12. justin

    December 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Kurdish Kangal…definately one of the largest…this article was not researched well at all.


    February 2, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Yuo must be jokeing the average Great DANE IS ABOUT 34 INCHES THE AVERAGE Irish Wolfhound is 35 inches and weight is 85 kls get your facts right

  14. lily

    March 1, 2014 at 5:37 am

    interesting! i know some of these dogs as rescue dogs. very obedient

  15. yury

    March 19, 2014 at 6:13 am

    I can not believe , about your article of the most aggressive dogs, It is terrible people still blaming on dogs. I do own and rescue pitbulls for more that 10 years, I do have a 5 years old girl, she loves them and they love her, but as a owners we need to be responsible. In my opinion government should have more regulation on people that owns dogs. Pit bulls, bullies , German sharpers, Dobermans, etc., this type of dogs are so loyal, so lovely, but they need exercise, they need to be socialize , and some owners keep them tide on a tree , or keep them just in the back yard.. Owners should have at least a basic train about the dogs they will get. Please people stop, please stop blaming on dogs , owners are responsible for their dogs.

  16. sebastian

    April 9, 2014 at 6:45 am

    What on earth happened to the tibetan mastiff

    • webbie

      September 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

      I came to ask the same question. If someone thinks that he is good about dog breeds but don’t know Tibetan Mastiff, he should stop writing soon.

  17. Mostofyouaredumb

    April 12, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Just because your dog doesn’t match the average guidelines displayed in this article doesn’t mean its wrong. It means your dog-who is 1 dog, out of the countless million- is different. So don’t base the “averageness” of dogs on your one dog, because it makes you look dumb and ignorant.

    • Coco

      April 15, 2014 at 6:17 am

      Well said indeed

    • Bobbie

      July 11, 2014 at 12:45 am

      very well said, they are going on the AVERAGE….look up the word and quit arguing!!!!

  18. dennis

    April 19, 2014 at 1:05 am

    I had a great dane years ago the most goofy dog also had rottie smart and well behaved. yes it is how they are raised I agree..

  19. Carole L. Vohs

    May 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    The Great Pyrenees didn’t maker it to your list but, temperament wise, kid wise, other animal wise, family wise, protector common-sense wise, and any otherwise, you can’t beat them. Now! if they would just continue with the wisdom and stay at home they would be wise in every way.

    • Marjie

      May 20, 2014 at 2:04 am

      My Danny Boy is a Great Pyrenees/Yellow Lab cross and he is a totally awesome family dog. He weighs about 100lbs and has deep bark that intimidates strangers, but he is completely friendly and non-aggressive. Even though he lives with me, alone, he knows who is part of the family pack and welcomes all friends…he just senses who is not a danger to any of us.

  20. Carole L. Vohs

    May 8, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    The Great Pyrenees didn’t make it to your list but, temperament wise, kid wise, other animal wise, family wise, protector common-sense wise, and any other wise, you can’t beat them. Now! if they would just continue with the wisdom and stay at home they would be wise in every way.

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  22. dog boy

    May 19, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Best dog is st.bernard and worst is pitbull and a rottwieller, I have both I had to kill my pitbull because she attacked my brother, I kill her by her a hammer and my rott Is so agressive I think these two breeds had to killed and vanished…yhanks

    • Bobbie

      July 11, 2014 at 12:49 am

      I can surely see why the dogs went nuts with you for an owner! Someone should maybe hit you in the dead…You shouldn’t even be allowed to own a dog. I raised Saints and had many Rotts and they were all wonderful and very friendly to everyone…And I have 3 kids that rough played them always..and they still never showed any meaness, ever!!!

      • Bobbie

        July 11, 2014 at 12:50 am

        I meant head, and pits and rotty’s rule!!!!

    • ...

      September 26, 2014 at 2:59 am

      You must be the worst owner ever, dude. Rottweiler are awesome, and most of those big dogs are softies,

    • Mackitraz

      January 13, 2015 at 2:20 am

      Okay, if you are actually telling the truth, which I doubt you are, you should be prosecuted. Also, do all dogs a favor and never own one.

  23. James.

    May 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Best gaurd dog is a border collie.

  24. macaridonte

    May 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    “oso” 102cm 118kg Spanish mastiff ,”titan” 108cm 126kg Spanish mastiff

  25. lakerontime

    June 7, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I have a leonberger they are awsome btw i live in australia and its a german breed there is only about 600-700 leonbergers in the whole of ausralia.

  26. Gareth

    June 8, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Yeah, so a French mastiff can grow up to 69 cm (27″), and a Newfoundland can grow up to 70 cm (30″). Either you’re not very good with measurements or you got one hell of a dodgy tape measure!!!!!

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  28. seginy

    June 15, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    this article not accurate .Caucasian shepherd is 75cm height and 70-85kg wt

  29. Haroon

    July 19, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    This article is complete bullshit…. my mate had a Bully Kutta from Pakistan and he was 37″ at the shoulder and weighed 120kg (250lbs) … surely that qualifies to make this list… the vast majority of the dogs on this list are fat inbred lazy slobs that would have a heart attack if they had to run 200 metres… in stark contrast to the Bully Kutta which is the size of a Great Dane, as agile and athletic as a German Shepherd and as game as a Pit Bull…. true champion working breed…also very very stable temperament and extremely loyal, loving and protective… and some of the stats in this article beggar belief… average height for a Dane is 40″??? more like 33-34″… a 40″ Dane would be almost as big a freak as the 44″ one..

    If you are a giant breed enthusiast I strongly recommend you google ‘Bully Kutta’… not a well known breed but certainly the most impressive mastiff in the world..

    • Mackitraz

      January 13, 2015 at 2:22 am

      So disregard all breeds except yours, check.

  30. Fraser

    August 13, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Honestly where did you get your Irish Wolfhound facts from? I know the average weight is 85 kilograms. My mates Wolfhound is 98 kilograms and in good condition. I have also seen larger specimens upwards of 105kg.

  31. Doe

    September 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    What have you done?! I’ve spent my entire life not knowing that Scooby Doo was a Great Dane! Damnit!

    • saad azid

      December 30, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      There is not bully kutta in this list .They are also very big

  32. Doesitmatter

    October 13, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Averages, just like Presa Canario’s they can be MASSIVE or they can be the average, 120-250lbs + that’s a range for the dogs. That’s not what is always said because tho because what’s the “norm” for show dogs is 120lbs and high 23-26″ to withers high depending on sex. Ya ok, NOT my dog by a long shot, and of course he is a sweetie and of course his breed has killed people, but all this is besides the point. The point is you can’t take what you read to heart, who know how the people writing got or configured their so called stats.. averages, show stats? Who cares really, the thing of it is, you, me, and anyone else are just a few who make up millions of dog owners that contribute to the world of dogs an it’s how we are with our dogs what we know about our own that matters, not what some Joe Blow writes on an internet site…capiche?

  33. steevson joy

    October 17, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Bullykutta……. its the strongest dog .its used for fighting in ancient time and tough to train .its a traditional dog so nobody will sell.so its tough to find one.An average Bully will range 80 kg and it can grow up to 120kg.comparing with turkish kangal .kangal will top in size.kangal is a big massive dog .

  34. remelo

    October 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I train my dogs to protect and kill any intruder or any threat to me n mine.. like i said before any dog can be dangerous. .shit nicca i can train a group a poodles that will attack da shit outa yur ankles. .

    • Karen

      January 13, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      you dont have to train the poodle They are Natural killers Standard Poodles are as big as my Dobie

  35. E

    November 10, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Once again another article that states generalities as facts. It’s sad how many articles contradict each other on the internet now, but of course many of us saw it coming; the biggest proponents of this system also are the most tolerant of this sloppy way of thinking. As long as everyone is just sort of having fun, only thinking in positive ways (can’t criticize! No No No!), and not too serious, everything is just fine and dandy. “No worries” right? Well when somebody actually needs information to help their life, such as advice on home or car repair, health, rules and laws, etc… it sort of maters to get it right or at least as close as possible doesn’t it? Of course it does.
    On this article though, once again we have people writing things just to sort of get an “answer” on screen. Even though it’s just about dogs, the attitude terrifies me. You and I know this sloppy thinking transfers over to other subjects and conversations, but those same people also become experts of being flippant and comfortable no matter how wrong they may be… as long as they get something right once in a while.
    Above for example, you have things like saying the “Dogue De Bordeaux has generally the same measurements of the English Mastiffs”… then they state measurements that are much lighter than the Mastiff. And not only have Danes become more of a latent champion of size (The Irish Wolfhounds have been considered the tallest in decades of books and other sources… yet Danes seem to have been bred to be taller in some sort of press to BE the tallest, instead of the public understanding and respecting the original breed standards), the wolfhound is hardly thin and gangly. Go pet one sometime, THEN write the article. Since it’s about largest and not tallest, the Great Dane should have been mentioned somewhere like number 4, while the heavier breeds on the top positions. Also, why do people still list stats for organic, pliable ever-changing living things with finite numbers, such as “grow up to 242 pounds” or “176 pounds”… as if they can’t grow to 242.4 or 177 pounds? When are they going to learn to write “average around 240 pounds” or “generally grow around 175 pounds”? That’s MORE accurate then stating one number.

  36. Bo

    January 3, 2015 at 12:36 am

    You people are idiots….screw these dogs spend your money on the poor and starving children!,,,,,,,!, of the world…

  37. Bo

    January 3, 2015 at 12:38 am

    You people are idiots….screw these dogs all of them chop me up save the money it takes to support them and feed the poop children of the world

    • Mackitraz

      January 13, 2015 at 2:16 am

      Right. Idiotic reply duly ignored. Troll more creatively and with better grammar next time.

    • Karen

      January 13, 2015 at 11:23 pm



  38. Bo

    January 3, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Dogs suck children Mattet

    • vidura

      January 7, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Dogs are better than human . And yes i do serve poor people , give them free cloths & food wen eva i could .I also give them free treatment ..m 22 & m a Doc.

  39. Karen

    January 13, 2015 at 11:20 pm


    FRENCH POODLES (STANDARD) the only breed that goes for the HUMAN KILL INSTANTLY!!!!!


    They were family pets that were volunteered as service dogs

    These dogs were not bred for the anything other than companionship and looks they were used for tax collecting by John Dobermann (personally) they were not hunters or animal killers Like a lot of these dogs were

  40. Nohbleei

    February 21, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I think they forgot to mention Neo Mastiffs. I had one maul my poor red cattle dog bitch. But he had been serverely unsocialised and I was actually trying to reintroduce other dogs to him. Unfortunately that didn’t work out. Anyway he was at least 90cm tall to his head from the ground when standing on all fours. Can’t recall weight but at least 80kg

  41. imeogu ugochukwu

    March 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    like rottweiler very good breeds

  42. Bob Millet

    March 12, 2015 at 5:44 am

    I’ve had 2 Dobbies. Bo & Randi. Fantastic dogs. So loyal. Miss them every day. Wouldn’t have another one though. Wouldn’t be fair to the new dog. Would always be compairing him/her to Bo & Randi.

  43. Joe

    March 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Where is the Spanish Mastiff on this list?

  44. Brett Bolton

    March 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    /sigh. Another post suggesting Danes are taller than Wolfhounds. Guys, the reason Danes are as tall as they are is because of the Irish Wolfhound blood they carry. This is why they crossed back to Danes in re-establishing the Wolfhound breed early in the 20th century. The reason the tallest couple of dogs have been Danes is that there are something like 20 times the number of Danes breed to Wolfhounds so statistically you are more likely to get an outlier when breeding Danes. Particularly when Danes are a much newer breed and potentially less stable genetically. As it is we have had a 42 inch IW so not far off the tallest couple of Danes. And to be honest Zeus etc were hardly in proportion were they? I love both breeds but on average, both according to the standard and actually physical examination IW are 1.5 to 2 inches taller. Weights are similar with Wolfies being narrower in the chest but deeper and bigger in the waist. Wolfies are also a little bit quicker and a little bit smarter but Danes have got those great sad Mastiff eyes going on. If it came to a fight I’d back a Wolfhound every time. In fact the only things I can see competing with a Wolfie in the open field are the Caucasian Ovcharka and the Central Asia Shepherd. Dogo’s, Pit’s, Anatolians and Kangals etc would need a limited space to disadvantage any of the aforementioned. My first Wolfie was 2.2 yo old when he died and was 84Kg, 7 foot vertically and 36″ at the withers. I reckon he would have ended up probably 92Kg at full growth. Wolfies arent as light as most people think necessarily.This is all assuming you mean tall when you say large. If you mean heavy/massive, its the English Mastiff hands down.

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