10 Biggest Dog Breeds


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When most people think of big dogs, they think of breeds like Saint Bernard or the English Mastiff. However, there are actually many dog breeds that are much larger than these two popular types. In fact, the largest recorded dog was an English mastiff named Zorba, who weighed in at 343 pounds!

Here is a list of the 10 biggest dog breeds, based on average weight and height.

1. Great Dane

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The Great Dane is a large German breed of domestic dog. They are one of the tallest dog breeds, with heights often exceeding 32 inches at the shoulder. Great Danes are also very muscular, with short coats that come in a variety of colors including black, blue, brindle, fawn, harlequin, mantle, and merle. Great Danes were originally bred for hunting boar and deer, but today they are primarily kept as companion animals.

2. Irish Wolfhound

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The Irish Wolfhound is a large hound from Ireland that was historically used for hunting wolves. They are one of the tallest dog breeds, typically standing between 30 and 32 inches at the shoulder. Irish Wolfhounds have long heads, thick necks, and muscular bodies covered in short, coarse fur that is gray, brindle, red, black, or white. Today, they are mostly kept as companion animals.

3. Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff is a large Italian breed of dog. They are one of the heaviest breeds, with males averaging between 150 and 200 pounds and females averaging between 120 and 170 pounds. Neapolitan Mastiffs have short coats that come in a variety of colors including black, blue, brindle, fawn, mahogany, and tawny. They were originally bred as guard dogs and today they make excellent companions and watchdogs.

4. Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard is a large Swiss breed of dog. They are one of the heaviest breeds, with males averaging between 140 and 260 pounds and females averaging between 120 and 200 pounds. Saint Bernards have long coats that are typically white with brown or black patches. They were originally bred for rescue work in the Alps and today they make excellent companions.

5. English Mastiff

The English Mastiff is a large British breed of dog. They are one of the heaviest breeds, with males averaging between 160 and 230 pounds and females averaging between 140 and 190 pounds. English Mastiffs have short coats that come in a variety of colors including fawn, brindle, apricot, and silver. They were originally bred for hunting and guard work, but today they make excellent companions.

6. Newfoundlander

Newfoundland is a large Canadian breed of dog. They are one of the heaviest breeds, with males averaging between 150 and 220 pounds and females averaging between 120 and 200 pounds. Newfoundlanders have thick, waterproof coats that come in black, brown, or gray. They were originally bred for fishing and rescue work, but today they make excellent companions.

7. Leonberger

The Leonberger is a large German breed of dog. They are one of the tallest breeds, with heights often exceeding 32 inches at the shoulder. Leonbergers have long coats that come in a variety of colors including lion’s mane (red with black tips), sand (light brown), and red. They were originally bred as companion animals and today they make excellent family pets.

8. Anatolian Shepherd

The Anatolian Shepherd is a large Turkish breed of dog. They are one of the heaviest breeds, with males averaging between 150 and 180 pounds and females averaging between 120 and 160 pounds. Anatolian Shepherds have short coats that come in a variety of colors including black, brindle, fawn, liver, pinto, and white. They were originally bred as guard dogs and today they make excellent companions and watchdogs.

9. Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large Chinese breed of dog. They are one of the heaviest breeds, with males averaging between 150 and 180 pounds and females averaging between 120 and 160 pounds. Tibetan Mastiffs have thick double coats that come in a variety of colors including black, brown, red, and white. They were originally bred as guard dogs and today they make excellent companions and watchdogs.

10. Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees is a large French breed of dog. They are one of the tallest breeds, with heights often exceeding 32 inches at the shoulder. The Great Pyrenees have thick double coats that come in a variety of colors including white, cream, grey, tan, and brown. They were originally bred as guard dogs and today they make excellent companions and watchdogs.

There you have it, the 10 biggest dog breeds! Do you have any of these big dogs? Let us know in the comments below.

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