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.  

Bullmastiff

LARGE DOG BREED

Bullmastiff

Developed in England as the gamekeeper's night dog, the Bullmastiff represents a cross between the Mastiff and the Bulldog. The breed's job was to warn the gamekeeper of poachers and, if necessary, throw and hold the intruder but not harm it.

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Canadian Eskimo Dog

LARGE DOG BREED

Canadian Eskimo Dog

A strong hunting, sled and pack dog of the Canadian Arctic, the Canadian Inuit/Eskimo Dog's history dates back about 2,000 years. Called 'Qimmiq' by the Inuit, the breed figured prominently in polar expeditions and has the reputation of being able to work long hours in extremely low temperatures.

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Cane Corso

LARGE DOG BREED

Cane Corso

The noble Cane Corso's predecessors were big game hunters that showed power, courage and agility, and later proved their skills as drovers and guardians of livestock, property and family on Italian farms.

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Caucasian Ovcharka

LARGE DOG BREED

Caucasian Ovcharka

The Caucasian Ovcharka, also called the Caucasian Mountain Dog, is a large livestock-guarding dog native to the mountainous regions of the Georgian, Armenian and Azerbaijani republics, as well as the steppe regions of the Caucasus district.

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Central Asian Shepherd Dog

LARGE DOG BREED

Central Asian Shepherd Dog

The hardy Central Asian Shepherd Dog was originally found protecting the flocks and property of nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia, and dogs of this type can still be found guarding flocks in countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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Chart Polski

LARGE DOG BREED

Chart Polski

A symbol of Polish history, the powerful and self-assured Chart Polski, or Polish Greyhound, has been a part of Polish life since the 13th century.

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Chinook

LARGE DOG BREED

Chinook

The name Chinook comes from the warm wind, or chinook, that sometimes blows in Alaska. A dog named Chinook was born in 1917 on the farm of author/explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden.

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Clumber Spaniel

LARGE DOG BREED

Clumber Spaniel

The Clumber is the slowest and heaviest of the spaniels. Its ancestors are believed to be the Basset Hound and a spaniel of continental origin. A French nobleman, the Duc de Noailles, created the breed.

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Doberman Pinscher

LARGE DOG BREED

Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher was developed in Germany to facilitate tax collection! Louis Doberman, a tax collector, wanted a strong and loyal breed to keep him safe on his rounds.

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Dogo Argentino

LARGE DOG BREED

Dogo Argentino

Antonio and Augustin Nores-Martinez developed the Dogo Argentino as a large-game hunter in the 1920s.

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Dogue de Bordeaux

LARGE DOG BREED

Dogue de Bordeaux

Although it has a forbidding look, the Dogue's desire for affection is intense. It's somewhat leery of strangers and may be aggressive toward strange dogs, but it gets along well with children and makes a loving family pet with a calm, tranquil disposition.

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Estrela Mountain Dog
Fila Brasileiro

LARGE DOG BREED

Fila Brasileiro

This heavy-boned breed with the pendulous lips is known for working ability, loyalty and courage. Native to Brazil, the Fila Brasileiro's origin traces to Portuguese herding dogs (which were brought to Brazil in colonial times), English Mastiffs, Bulldogs and Bloodhounds.

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German Shepherd Dog

LARGE DOG BREED

German Shepherd Dog

The German Shepherd Dog breed was developed in Germany in the late 19th century to herd and to assist police and soldiers. The breed was originally found on German farms, and its type was standardized in the 1890s by a German cavalry officer, Capt.

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Giant Schnauzer

LARGE DOG BREED

Giant Schnauzer

Tallest of the three Schnauzers, the Giant is a good-looking bearded dog that is thought to have originated in Bavaria near Munich, where it was called the Munchener. The breed's history traces to the late 1800s when it developed from what is now the Standard Schnauzer.

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Great Dane

LARGE DOG BREED

Great Dane

The Great Dane is great in size, heart and nobility. Ignore the latter part of the name, though. This giant breed is not of Danish origin but was developed in Germany, where it was used to hunt big game, patrol estates and as a war dog.

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Great Pyrenees

LARGE DOG BREED

Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees is an elegant, longhaired, gentle giant. Owners credit the Pyr with the ability to sense danger, thus determining the trustworthiness of individuals it encounters. A calm dog with dignity, the Pyr has guarded families and flocks in the Pyrenean mountains for centuries.

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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

LARGE DOG BREED

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, or Swissy to its friends, is one of the four breeds known as the Swiss Sennenhunde (others being Bernese Mountain Dog, Appenzeller and Entlebucher). The versatile Swissy drove cattle, protected their people and even fought in battle.

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Greyhound

LARGE DOG BREED

Greyhound

One of the world's swiftest dogs and probably one of the most ancient breeds, the Greyhound has lived among us 4,000 to 7,000 years.

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Hovawart

LARGE DOG BREED

Hovawart

Reproductions of dogs named Hofewart have been found in documents and pictures dating back to the 13th century. The dog's name means "estate dog" or "farmyard warden" and they were used as courtyard guards.

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