(PHOTO BY SOPHIE HOLLIES/UNSPLASH)
Dogs come in different shapes and sizes, and some breeds are truly giants among them. Each of these pups has its own special story to tell. Let’s take a closer look at these big buddies, like the super-tall Great Dane and the lovely Saint Bernard. Join us on this adventure as we discover these gentle giants, their personalities, and how much happiness they bring to everyone around them. So, get ready to meet the biggest dogs in the world!
(PHOTO BY VLAD RUDKOV/UNSPLASH)
Meet the furry hero from the snowy Alps—the Saint Bernard. Standing at 28 inches or more and weighing between 140 and 180 pounds, they’re big dogs with a rescue history. With their incredible sense of smell and strength, they helped with locating and assisting stranded travelers in the harsh alpine conditions. Besides, Saint Bernards are friendly and loving and are perfect companions for families, especially in chilly climates.
(PHOTO BY STEPHANIE LUCERO/PEXELS)
Bred from a combination of Saint Bernards, Newfoundlands, and Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, the Leonberger has inherited traits that make it not only beautiful but also kind and friendly. These dogs were originally bred in the 19th century in Leonberg, Germany. Breeders made them majestic, resembling lions, and royalty even favored these dogs. With a height ranging from approximately 28 to 31.5 inches and a weight between 110 to 170 pounds, these dogs make great family pets.
(PHOTO BY GRISHA GRISHKOFF/PEXELS)
The Tibetan Mastiff is a strong and independent breed with an incredible history! Originally from the mountains in Tibet, people bred them to protect sheep and goats from wild animals. The Tibetan Mastiff stands at least 26 inches tall and weighs between 90 to 150 pounds. They’re known for being very loyal and protective. Today, they bring that loyalty to their owners.
(PHOTO BY MARIA OSWALT/UNSPLASH)
People bred the Great Pyrenees in the Pyrenees Mountains, which are located in Europe. These dogs are at least 27 inches tall and weigh between 100 and 160 pounds. They used to guard sheep in the mountains and are known for their protective instincts. However, despite their large size, they are calm, patient, and devoted family guardians. Great Pyrenees are like brave protectors, always there to keep their loved ones safe.
(PHOTO BY MARTINA VITAKOVA/UNSPLASH)
Meet the Irish Wolfhound! These dogs stand at least 32 inches tall and weigh between 140 to 180 pounds. Although they may look intimidating, these dogs are kind and friendly and make great cuddle buddies. Irish people bred them for hunting and guarding. Also, nobles and warriors highly valued Irish Wolfhounds for their courage and loyalty.
(PHOTO BY LEONIDES RUVALCABAR/UNSPLASH)
Towering over most of the other dogs at an impressive height of 30 to 34 inches and weighing up to 200 pounds, Great Danes are known for their impressive stature and gentle temperament. These big dogs have a fascinating history, originating in Germany as hunting dogs specifically bred to tackle wild boar. Although Great Danes might look intimidating, they are very affectionate and good with children.
(PHOTO BY PLATO TERENTEV/PEXELS)
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Anatolian Shepherds are big, strong dogs. People in Turkey bred them to protect sheep from wolves and other predators. Anatolian Shepherds have an extremely thick double coat, which can grow up to 6 inches long. This coat is essential for protecting them from the harsh weather in their native country. Also, their calm and collected nature makes them good guardians for families and farms.
(PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE/UNSPLASH)
Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux, or French Mastiff, is a muscular dog with males standing around 23.5 to 27 inches tall and weighing between 110 to 140 pounds. With roots in France, this breed was used for different tasks, including guarding, hunting, and pulling carts. These pups are characterized by their distinctive wrinkled face. Interesting fact: Dogues de Bordeaux have one of the largest heads of any dog breed, with their skulls weighing up to 20 pounds!
(PHOTO BY GREGORY WOLF/PEXELS)
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a big, strong dog from Switzerland. The males stand around 25 to 27.5 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 80 to 115 pounds. It is known for its tricolor coat of black, white, and rust. These dogs are calm and great companions for children. The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of four breeds of Sennenhunds, a group of large, sturdy dogs with a long history in the Swiss Alps. The other three breeds are the Appenzeller Sennenhund, the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog.
(PHOTO BY SAEED KHOKHAR)
Bullmastiffs are the result of a cross between Bulldogs and Mastiffs, two breeds known for their strength and calm demeanor. People in England bred them to guard estates, and their powerful build reflects this purpose. Bullmastiffs are gentle, affectionate, and loving companions despite their intimidating size. Their loyalty and protective instincts make them exceptional guardians for families.