Large Dog Breeds



These heavy hitters pack a punch in the size department. German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Mastiffs and Labrador Retrievers are just a selection of the breeds that fall into the category of sixty pounds and up. These large breeds require a bit more space to stretch their legs or even just to turn around. Typically requiring outdoor space or regular walks, a large breed requires an owner who is willing to handle big energy and bigger poop. If you are looking for a dog that won’t be blown over by a strong wind, a large breed is for you.  


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Akbash Dog

LARGE DOG BREED

Akbash Dog

A native of Turkey, the Akbash Dog is a striking white flock guard that has made a name for itself on American farms and ranches, where it successfully protects livestock from grizzly and black bears, wolves and coyotes.

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Akita

LARGE DOG BREED

Akita

Honored in its native land as a national treasure, the Akita is the largest of the three Japanese breeds belonging to the spitz family of dogs. At one time its ownership was restricted to the nobility, who used the breed to hunt large game such as wild boar and deer.

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Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

LARGE DOG BREED

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

This Georgia-born bulldog takes its name from the Alapaha River region, where it was developed to work livestock and guard property. Alapaha Blue Bloods are possessive and attentive. They're protective of their people and property and establish their territory at a young age.

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Alaskan Malamute

LARGE DOG BREED

Alaskan Malamute

Named for an Inuit tribe, the Mahlemut, this breed is a powerful member of the spitz family of dogs. The Alaskan Malamute has been used to track large game and as a pack and sled dog able to transport heavy loads over rough terrain.

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American Bulldog

LARGE DOG BREED

American Bulldog

True to the name, the relatively new breed of American Bulldogs was born in America.

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American Foxhound

LARGE DOG BREED

American Foxhound

This breed descended from English hounds imported to America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Over the years, an American type of hound evolved, with varying characteristics depending on whether it was used in competitive field trials, fox hunting, on trails or in packs.

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Anatolian Shepherd Dog

LARGE DOG BREED

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

A breed of ancient lineage, this fiercely loyal guard dog is used to protect sheep in its country of origin, Turkey. The reliable Anatolian is possessive toward family, property and livestock but is quick to learn and gentle with close friends and children.

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Beauceron

LARGE DOG BREED

Beauceron

The Beauceron is nicknamed "red stockings" because of the socklike red markings on its feet. Relatively unknown outside of France, the Beauceron (Berger de Beauce) is a large, short-coated dog with cropped erect ears and a long tail that was originally bred to herd large flocks of sheep.

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Belgian Laekenois

LARGE DOG BREED

Belgian Laekenois

This breed is one of four types of dogs known as the Belgian sheepdogs (the others are the Belgian Sheepdog, the Belgian Tervuren and the Belgian Malinois).

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Belgian Malinois

LARGE DOG BREED

Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is a striking dog, wearing a short fawn to mahogany coat with a black overlay. The breed's prick ears, dark eyes and keen expression mark it as the intelligent working dog it is.

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Bergamasco Sheepdog

LARGE DOG BREED

Bergamasco Sheepdog

Developed in Asia, bred in Italy and dreadlocked like a Rastafarian, the fun-loving, protective Bergamasco Sheepdog creates a special bond with owners.

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Berger Picard

Berger Picard

Best known as the title character in the 2005 film Because of Winn-Dixie, this rustic dog is one of the oldest French breeds of sheep-herding dogs.

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Bernese Mountain Dog

LARGE DOG BREED

Bernese Mountain Dog

Regarded by many as the most beautiful of the four breeds of Swiss Mountain Dogs, the Bernese is the only one with a long coat.

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Black Russian Terrier

LARGE DOG BREED

Black Russian Terrier

This is a young breed that was created in the 1960s by Soviet dog lovers who melded Giant Schnauzers, Airedales, Rottweilers and other breeds into a big, tough dog with a weather-resistant coat and agile movement.

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Bloodhound

LARGE DOG BREED

Bloodhound

The Bloodhound is the most famous of the scenthounds. Mournful looking with a wrinkled brow and long, low-set ears, the breed is blessed with uncanny scenting ability and is best known for tracking down fugitives from justice.

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Boerboel

LARGE DOG BREED

Boerboel

Bred in Africa since the 17th century, the Boerboel is a fearless protector of home and family. A blend of European mastiff-type dogs and large African native dogs, the result is an imposing, self-assured, loyal dog with strong guarding and watchdog instincts.

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Borzoi

LARGE DOG BREED

Borzoi

The Borzoi once went by the name Russian Wolfhound and was prized by Russian nobility. The breed descends from the ancient Persian Greyhound (a Saluki ancestor) crossed with native Russian herdsmen's dogs.

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Bouvier des Flandres

LARGE DOG BREED

Bouvier des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres was bred to work for farmers, butchers, and cattlemen. The Bouvier’s early names of “toucheur de boeuf” (cattle driver) and “koehond” (cow dog) give evidence of its working history. The Bouvier is also an excellent guard and police dog.

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Bracco Italiano

LARGE DOG BREED

Bracco Italiano

The Bracco Italiano is a classic pointer with an elegant, loping gait and a strong instinct for game. The breed's origins can be traced back centuries. The Bracco developed in Italy, descending from Molossus and Egyptian Hounds.

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Briard

LARGE DOG BREED

Briard

A shaggy-coated French sheepdog of ancient lineage, the Briard served its country with valor during World War I as a Red Cross dog and ammunition carrier.

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