Some people just like a big dog. Having a large dog can have many positives and negatives. For instance, a large dog may be strong, but doesn’t live very long. Some may be aggressive, which DOESN’T make them good family dogs at all. And obviously they are large, which makes them need a larger home. A large dog probably shouldn’t live his entire life in an apartment. But again there are many positives to them as well. Now, let us begin!
Bernese Mountain Dog
This big dog is about 23-27.5 inches tall. It weighs about 80-115 pounds and lives for about 7-10 years and because of their coat, they do best cold climates.
They originate from Switzerland and one of four mountain dog breeds from canton of Bern. They are the only one to have a longer, silky coat. Other names include Berner Sennenhund and Bernese Cattle Dog.
Whenever Mastiff is in the name, it almost always means one thing, BIG. And the Tibetan Mastiff is a great example. They grow as a minimum of 24-26 inches (depending on gender) and can weigh over 100 pounds!
They only need weekly brushes despite their medium to long coat. Unfortunately, they are not amazing with children however, so this is not the perfect family dog.
Oh also, despite how smart they are, they tend to be independent and stubborn and actually doesn’t tend to react positively to treats — in other words, you should go to treats when they’re aren’t doing what you want them to! They are notorious to great in training classes, but refuse to do any commands once at home. Common health conditions include Hip Evaluation, Elbow Evaluation, Thyroid Evaluation, and Ophthalmologist Evaluation.
The Spanish Mastiff is massive, and when I say massive I MEAN massive. In fact, this dog is almost the height of a miniature horse (but please don’t ride them though) and they can weigh as much as a tenth of a ton (200 pounds)! They have an average lifespan for their size of about 10-12 years.
They should be groomed regularly. Believe it or not, they are actually fairly affectionate, although they are still probably not the best family dog simply because they are so large. They are a healthy dog as well.
The Great Dane, just like all the dog breeds that we went over so far, is very large. In fact, if it were to stand on 2 legs, it would be taller than most people. They live for about 7-10 years. They are about 28-32 inches tall on all four legs and weigh anywhere from 110 to 175 pounds. Obedience training is a must as they are very large and strong. Their origin (according to AKC) is from Germany.
The great Pyrenees, or Pyr for short is about 25-32 inches tall and weighs 85-100 pounds and up (depending on species). They live for 10-12 years and is fairly affectionate, but still not recommended for small children because of their size.
Any children that are near them should be aware of the dog at all times and simply not be rough to avoid any injuries for the dog, but mainly for the person. They are unfortunately pretty hard to train. But one positive thing about them is that they only need moderate exercise.
Other large dog breeds …
- Tosa Inu
- Caucasian Shepherd Dog
- Saint Benard
- Anatolian Shepherd Dog
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