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5 Of The Largest Dog Breeds In The World

If you like your dogs BIG, then you are in for a treat as we look at some of the largest dog breeds in the world.

When it comes to choosing a dog, we all have our own preferences when it comes to breed.

This may by dictated by preference, or dictated by other personal factors. For example, if you love big dogs but only have a small house and work long hours, then a big dog is out of the question. Large dogs need plenty of exercise, a big dog alone in a house all day  is more than likely going to be an unhappy dog. They also require more food, so if your income is not able to sustain a large dog’s healthy appetite, then you might want to consider a more manageable breed.

There are also some medical issues that come with large breed dogs, mainly joint and mobility issues that can occur as they get older. Speaking of age, the larger the dog, usually means the shorter the natural life span.

But there are so many benefits to having a large breed dog around the house. Many of the most popular large breed dogs make great family pets and can be easily trained. If you live in a rural area then large breed dogs are ideal for living in that kind of environment.
While big dogs may put some people off, it doesn’t mean they are any more aggressive than a small breed dog. It’s all down to the training, the more time and effort you put in to perfect their temperament, the better.

So now that we’ve looked at the pros and cons of owning a large breed dog, what are some of the big hitters?

5. Dogue de Bordeaux

This french breed of dog has become popular in recent times. The most noticeable feature is the muscular body of the dog. This breed has been used in many capacities throughout history, from guard dogs to pulling carts! So that tells you about how big these dogs can get. An adult Dogue de Bordeaux can weigh between 45-50kgs and has the largest head of any dog breed in relation to its body size. These dogs are extremely energetic and require numerous walks throughout the day. If you can’t deal with dog slobber, then you might want to consider a different breed!

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4. Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is related to the Neapolitan Mastiff, and they share similar characteristics, especially their size and frame. One noticeable difference is their faces, they are much more defined than the Neapolitan. Unlike other mastiff breeds, Cane Corsos are very athletic, especially in terms of speed and agility. The Corso is a working dog and requires lots of mental and physical stimulation, and weighs between 48-54kgs.

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3. Anatolian Shepherd

Originating from Turkey, these powerful dogs were breed to protect livestock from predators. There unique fawn and brindle colour pattern was intended to help them blend in with the animals they were protecting, concealing their presence from predators. One of the main character traits is their loyalty to their owner, and are ideal in coping with cold and warm weather. An adult dog can weigh between 54-68kg and require a lot of exercise. The breed is very athletic and quick, and has an independent temperament.

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2. Great Dane

You can’t think of large breed dogs and not think of the Great Dane. Made famous by their towering size, and Scooby Doo, these impressive animals are a unique breed to say the least. Given their frightening size, they are actually one of the more affectionate breeds of large dog. Some large dogs don’t have the temperament to be around other dogs or people. The Great Dane is perfect in this case, as they are a much calmer breed of dog. While in terms of weight, 45-54kg, they might not be the heaviest large breed of dog, there is no beating their impressive height.

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1. Leonberger

Known as the ‘gentle lion’, this breed from Germany is one of the most robust and largest dog breeds around. Their impressive appearance has an added benefit of a water resistant coat, so don’t be fooled by their fluffy appearance. It’s not just their appearance that’s impressive, adult Leonbergers can weigh between 65-74kg! These loyal, loving dogs are very playful and intelligent, making for ideal family pets. While their loving nature, for such a large breed, makes them an ideal member of the family, their life span is only around 7 years.

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