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.  

Pyrenean Shepherd

LARGE DOG BREED

Pyrenean Shepherd

Its origin lost in the mists of time, the Pyrenean Shepherd Dog has probably lived in the French Pyrenees mountains for well over 2,000 years. However, it wasn't until the 1920s that the breed became popular in the show ring.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

LARGE DOG BREED

Rhodesian Ridgeback

This is truly a lion-hearted dog. The only breed originating in South Africa, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was developed as a dual-purpose dog: to hunt the African lion and hold it at bay, and as a family protector and watchdog, gentle with small children.

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Saint Bernard

LARGE DOG BREED

Saint Bernard

The breed that has been credited with saving more than 2,500 travelers lost in the snow was named for the Hospice du Grand St. Bernard in Switzerland, where the monks have bred these large dogs since the 17th century.

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Sarplaninac (Sharplaninatz)

LARGE DOG BREED

Sarplaninac (Sharplaninatz)

The Sarplaninac (Sharplaninatz) Yugoslav Sheepdog is probably the oldest breed in the Balkans, where it was used to guard the livestock and homes of people who lived on the slopes on Mount Shara, where the breed got its name.

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Scottish Deerhound

LARGE DOG BREED

Scottish Deerhound

If you're looking for a quiet, dignified hound that will be loving, loyal and courageous, you can't do better than to consider the Scottish Deerhound, a shaggy-coated Greyhound type.

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Shiloh Shepherd (Plush)

LARGE DOG BREED

Shiloh Shepherd (Plush)

The first impression you should get from a good specimen of the Shiloh Shepherd is that of a large, strong, muscled shepherd. The dog should appear alert and noble. The Shiloh Shepherd displays courage and self-confidence, always willing to serve as a companion and protector.

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Shiloh Shepherd (Smooth)

LARGE DOG BREED

Shiloh Shepherd (Smooth)

The first impression you should get from a good specimen of the Shiloh Shepherd is that of a large, strong, muscled shepherd. The dog should appear alert and noble. The Shiloh Shepherd displays courage and self-confidence, always willing to serve as a companion and protector.

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Spinone Italiano

LARGE DOG BREED

Spinone Italiano

Believe it or not, the Spinone is a dog, not an ice cream flavor. As its name implies, it's a native of Italy. The breed is somewhat rare in the U.S., but has many devoted followers.

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Thai Ridgeback

LARGE DOG BREED

Thai Ridgeback

With the clearly defined ridge running down its back and a long, tapering tail that's held vertically or curved like a sickle, the Thai Ridgeback stands out from the crowd. The breed has been around for hundreds of years in its native Thailand, where it was used for hunting and guard duty.

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Tibetan Mastiff

LARGE DOG BREED

Tibetan Mastiff

Regarded as the forerunner of many mastiff breeds, the Tibetan Mastiff has been around for many centuries. In the 13th century when Marco Polo was touring the Far East, he claimed to have seen native mastiffs as large as asses. This claim is not farfetched.

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Tosa Inu-Tosa Ken

LARGE DOG BREED

Tosa Inu-Tosa Ken

This large dog ranges from 100 to 200 pounds and is at least 24½ to 25½ inches tall at the shoulder. This breed is also known as the Tosa Ken and the Tosa Token, and was developed as a fighting dog in Japan.

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Vizsla

LARGE DOG BREED

Vizsla

The Hungarian Pointer, or Vizsla, may be of ancient lineage or may be a product of this century, depending on which dog historian one chooses to believe.

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Weimaraner

LARGE DOG BREED

Weimaraner

Weimaraners were bred in 19th century Germany for speed and courage to hunt big game and later birds. The medium-size, all-purpose gundog was developed in Germany at the court of the Grand Duke Karl August of Weimar.

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White Shepherd

LARGE DOG BREED

White Shepherd

A direct descendant of the German Shepherd Dog, the White Shepherd was once a color variation in the breed.

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