Types of Big Dogs: Choosing the Best Furry Friend for Your Family

types of big dogsThe American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 175 breeds. And that’s just pure bred breeds. This does not include popular hybrids like labradoodles, puggles, laberneses, cheagles, and more. Basically, there are a lot of dog choices out there when you are in the market to adopt a new family member. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, with big personalities. The size of the dog depends on your personal preference, however. If you live a in the city and need a dog to adapt to apartment and city living, a smaller dog is usually best for these situations. But, if you live in an area where there is a lot of room for playtime, a bigger breed may be a good fit for you.

There are many different types of big dogs, each one with different personality traits and needs. This is why it is important for you to look at each of the big dog breeds before deciding on which one is right for your family. Just because the different breeds are the same size, it doesn’t mean that they have the same needs. If you are looking to adopt a dog, you need to look at each breed’s personality and find the right fit for you. Before you dive in and adopt a dog, you need to make sure you are prepared to commit to a full-time family member. Dogs are a commitment and you should be ready to be there for your new family member. Prepare for your new dog with this course, which helps you to prepare your home for a new dog.

If you have decided that a big dog is the kind of dog you want, you have to make sure you are prepared for a dog of that size. Is your home large enough for a big dog to live comfortably? Do you have a backyard or a nearby park where you can take your dog to get exercise? And most importantly, do you have enough money in your budget to cover vet bills, medication and the hefty amount of food big dogs eat? If you have these things and think you are ready to get a big dog, here are some big dog breeds to consider.

Great Dane

The world’s tallest dog title (currently held by Zeus the Great Dane) might soon be overthrown by Freddy the Great Dane. These dogs don’t mess around when it comes to size. Zeus comes in at 44 inches and Freddy (who is nearing two years old) is sneaking up at 41 inches. The AKC describes these big dogs as gentle giants, thanks to their friendly, gentle and loving dispositions. They are great family dogs, but because of their size, they should be supervised around children. On average, male Danes stand between 32 and 36 inches, weighing between 140 to 180 pounds. Female Danes typically stand 28 to 33 inches and weigh 110 to 140 pounds. These dogs might be gentle, but they are very strong, which could make walks a difficult activity. That’s why it’s important to teach your Great Dane leash training as early as possible. Learn proper leash training techniques with this course, which teaches you how to train your dog to properly and politely walk on a leash, ensuring that you won’t be dragged behind your dog on walks.


The various Mastiff breeds are notorious for being big, big dogs. There are many different types of Mastiff breeds (14 in total) in the Mastiff family, all of which are large in size. The English Mastiff, however, is the most popular Mastiff breed and usually what most people think of when it comes to Mastiffs. While smaller in terms of inches to the Great Dane (males are approximately 30 inches and females are approximately 27 inches), they are quite hefty dogs. Males weigh on average 150-250 pounds and females weigh on average 120-200 pounds. That’s a lot of dog. But like the Great Dane, the English Mastiff is good natured, calm, affectionate and protective of their family. If you get your Mastiff as a puppy, it is important to put it through polite puppy training right away so its size won’t overpower you as its owner. For polite training, we offer a course, which helps you to train your dog to have house manners. These tips and tricks are especially important for people with large dogs that can counter surf and steal food, jump up on guests and their owners and loud barking.

Irish Wolfhound

While the Great Dane owns the world record for tallest dog, Irish Wolfhounds are on average, the tallest dog breed. The breed was originally bred from war hounds, which transitioned into hunting dogs. Because of this, they make extremely loyal pets. Because they are sighthounds, you need to be careful when you are outside with them. Since sighthounds rely on sight to hunt, one glance at a small animal and they can be off running. Because of this, they do best at a home with a fenced-in yard. They require around 40 minutes of exercise a day, but other than that, this breed is known for being a couch potato and is happy lounging around indoors. Because of their size, Irish Wolfhounds have an extremely short life expectancy of six to eight years and are predisposed to many health problems.

St. Bernard

The St. Bernard is a breed that has been popular throughout the course of history for its work ethic and bravery. Originally bred for rescue in the Italian and Swiss Alps, the St. Bernard performed search and rescue operations. Perhaps one of the most famous dogs in history is Barry, a St. Bernard that performed more than 40 lives during his 14 years. When he died, his skin was preserved through taxidermy and there is a monument of him at an elaborate pet cemetery near Paris. In Jack London’s classic novel, The Call of the Wild, Buck, the canine protagonist is described as half St. Bernard. Needless to say, St. Bernards are one tough breed. On average, males weigh 120 to 180 pounds and females weigh up to 120 pounds. And despite being a strong and brave breed, the St. Bernard is actually a quiet, indoor dog that thrive on human companionship and are patient with children. Because of its heavy coat, the St. Bernard does not need a lot of exercise for fear of overheating. They also shed quite a bit and need to be constantly groomed to keep their coat from getting too shaggy.


Like the St. Bernard, Newfoundlands are working dogs. They were originally bred to be working dogs for Canadian fisherman. They are great swimmers due to their muscular build, webbed feet and thick double coat, which keeps them warm in frigid waters. On average, males weigh 130 to 150 pounds and are 30 inches tall. Females typically weigh 100 to 120 pounds and are on average 27 inches tall. Like all of the big dog breeds listed here, the Newfoundland is gentle in nature. In fact, Nana, the dog in Peter Pan was a Newfoundland. While the story exaggerates Newfoundland’s capabilities (who leaves their children with a dog for a babysitter!?), Nana’s personality was based on the Newfoundland’s gentle, caring and protective personality. Newfoundlands are eager to please, as well as intelligent and have calm demeanors. Like the St. Bernard, Newfoundlands need regular grooming to keep their thick coats from getting too out of control. Also like the St. Bernard, Newfoundlands are notorious droolers and slobberers.

Train Your Dog

With any breed, large or small, you need to start training your new dog right away. This is so your dog does not pick up any bad habits, and to make your life easier as a dog owner as well. You will need to potty train your dog, teach them to walk politely on a leash, keep them from jumping up on people, running to the door or just running through the house. There are many different things that you need to do in order to completely train your dog. It seems overwhelming, right? At first it can be, but the more time, effort and patience you put in, the more rewards you will get after your dog is fully trained and behaved. To start training your dog, we offer this course, which is dog training 101. It will teach you the basics to get your dog learning and behaving. Once you are confident in your training, you can move on to more fun things, like tricks. You can learn many fun and easy-to-teach tricks by reading this blog. With any dog, the more time, patience and effort you put in, the more rewards you will get with obedience, loyalty and love.