10 Largest Dog Breeds

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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.


36 Comments

  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 :)

    • 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.

  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.

  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..

  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.

  13. jOHNY LEWINGTON

    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

  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!!!!

  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..

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