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Types of Large Dogs

Akbash dog​
Akbash dog​

Some of the animals the Akbash Dog has guarded include sheep, goats, cattle, horses, poultry and exotic birds, deer, alpacas and llamas. Once bonded, these dogs will not hesitate to risk their own lives to protect their charges.

Alano ​Español​
Alano ​Español​

The Alano Español is a molosser (a large sturdy dog whose origins are in Molossia). It has a primitive appearance whose general physiology fits him especially well for running at high speeds for long periods of time and firmly holding wild game or cattle for a long time when ordered.

Alaskan ​Malamute​
Alaskan ​Malamute​

The Alaskan Malamute is cousins with the Arctic breeds Siberian Husky, Samoyed, and the American Eskimo dog. Some of the Alaskan Malamute's talents are sledding, carting, search and rescue, weight pulling and racing.

American ​Akita​
American ​Akita​

Akitas are quiet, fastidious dogs. Wary of strangers and often intolerant of other animals, Akitas will gladly share their silly, affectionate side with family and friends. They thrive on human companionship. The large, independent-thinking Akita is hardwired for protecting those they love.

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American ​Bulldog​
American ​Bulldog​

The American Bulldog has a very sturdy and muscular build, weighing anywhere from 60 to 120 pounds at a height of 20 to 28 inches. This breed has a large head with strong jaws with ears that may be cropped, semi-prick, rose or drop.

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Anatolian ​Shepherd​
Anatolian ​Shepherd​

An Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a rugged, imposing flock guardian of ancient lineage. Protective and territorial, but also intelligent, patient, and profoundly loyal, these muscular avengers are prized as working guard dogs without equal.

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Armenian ​Gampr​
Armenian ​Gampr​

Gampr; Description. The Armenian Gampr is a very large dog with heavy bone structure, a double coat, muscular physique and very strong pulling power. The head is longer in the cranium than the muzzle. The body should be slightly longer than the shoulder height.

Bernese ​Mountain Dog​
Bernese ​Mountain Dog​

The Bernese Mountain Dog is prone to bloat, cancer and eyelid problems, hip and elbow dysplasia. Gains weight easily. Do not overfeed. Prone to mast cell tumors. Living Conditions. Bernese Mountain Dogs are not recommended for apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least a large, fenced-in yard.

Black Russian ​Terrier​
Black Russian ​Terrier​

The Black Russian Terrier (abbreviated as BRT, Russian: Русский чёрный терьер), also known as the Tchiorny Terrier (tchiorny being Russian for black) is a breed of dog created in USSR in Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda) Kennel during the late 1940s and the early 1950s for use as military/working dogs.

Bloodhound​
Bloodhound​

The Bloodhound is a very powerful, massive hound dog. The back is very strong for the dog's size. The head is long and narrow in proportion to the dog's length, and long in proportion to the body.

Boerboel​
Boerboel​

The Boerboel is a large dog that is strong, confident and muscular in appearance with powerful, free-flowing movement. When observing a Boerboel at play or work, standing or moving, it should show strength, suppleness, nimbleness and agility.

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Borzoi​
Borzoi​

The borzoi (/ ˈ b ɔːr z ɔɪ /, literally "fast"), also called the Russian wolfhound (Russian: Ру́сская псовая борзая), is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris). Descended from dogs brought to Russia from central Asian countries, it is similar in shape to a greyhound, and is also a member of the sighthound family.

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Bullmastiff​
Bullmastiff​

The Bullmastiff is a large-sized breed of domestic dog, with a solid build and a short muzzle. The Bullmastiff shares the characteristics of molosser dogs, and was originally developed by 19th-century gamekeepers to guard estates. The breed's bloodlines are drawn from the English Mastiff and the extinct Old English Bulldog.

Bully Kutta​
Bully Kutta​

The Bully Kutta is an extremely dog-aggressive mastiff. They are thick-boned with a muscular structure, a broad head, and the tail tapering to a fine point . Their eyes are almond-shaped and ears erect but are often cropped.

Cane Corso​
Cane Corso​

It’s essential to be able to protect neighbors’ pets from him. This is another instance in which socialization is a must. Your Cane Corso should learn from an early age to remain calm in the presence of other dogs. If you do get a second dog, either another Cane Corso or a different breed, it is best to choose one of the opposite sex.

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Caucasian ​Shepherd Dog​
Caucasian ​Shepherd Dog​

The Armenian Gampr dog is a breed different from the Caucasian Shepherd Dog. In general, Armenian dogs are divided into the large, short-haired and often solid-colored type and the slightly smaller wolf-grey or multi-colored dogs of medium-length coat with longer muzzles. The Georgian Shepherd is a related dog breed.

Central Asian ​Shepherd Dog​
Central Asian ​Shepherd Dog​

The Central Asian Shepherd Dog is an ancient breed of dog from the regions of Central Asia. Traditionally, the breed was used for guarding sheep and goat herds, as well as to protect and for guard duty. It is a large breed of dog recognized by FCI, as a Molossoid type dog breed of Soviet-era origin under Russian patronage.

Dobermann​
Dobermann​

What Is the Difference between Medium and Large ... dobermans have very high energy levels and are classified as large dogs but ... German shepherds, doberman ...

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Dogo ​Argentino​
Dogo ​Argentino​

Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. Dogo Argentinos are a large breed. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity.

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Dogue de ​Bordeaux​
Dogue de ​Bordeaux​

The Dogue de Bordeaux is an immensely powerful mastiff-type guardian. Males can go 27 inches high and 110 pounds. The short, eye-catching coat is a richly colored fawn. The massive head features a Bulldog-like undershot jaw, expressive eyes, and a deeply furrowed brow. It is, proportionately, the largest head in the canine kingdom.

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English ​Mastiff​
English ​Mastiff​

The English Mastiff is a breed of extremely large dog (often known simply as the Mastiff) perhaps descended from the ancient Alaunt and Pugnaces Britanniae, with a significant input from the Alpine Mastiff in the 19th century.

Estrela ​Mountain Dog​
Estrela ​Mountain Dog​

The Estrela Mountain Dog is a large breed of dog which has been used for centuries in the Estrela Mountains of Portugal to guard herds and homesteads.

Fila Brasileiro​
Fila Brasileiro​

The Fila Brasileiro is a descendant of the 15th-century English Mastiff, Bloodhound, Bulldog and Rafeiros. From the Bloodhound, he inherited loose skin and his keen sense of smell. The Bloodhound in its bloodlines gives it superb tracking ability.

Georgian ​Shepherd Dog​
Georgian ​Shepherd Dog​

Physically, these dogs are strongly-boned, muscular, and athletic, with a large head and powerful legs. Georgian mountain dogs tend to be assertive, brave, and alert. Shepherds traditionally used Georgian mountain dogs for defending sheep from predators. [citation needed] History. The Cynological Federation of Georgia has had a strict battle with the Russian federation of Cynologs about Caucasian Shepherd dog.

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German ​Shepherd​
German ​Shepherd​

Dogs weighing more than 75 pounds are often not allowed in rental properties, which rules out many large breeds. Other apartments use breed restrictions with a mix of medium and large breeds, such as pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, doberman pinschers, Siberian huskies and bulldogs, being the most commonly refused.

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Giant ​Schnauzer​
Giant ​Schnauzer​

The Giant Schnauzer is a large, powerful, compact dog. It looks like a larger version of the Standard Schnauzer. The dog’s height is the same as the length, giving it a square look.

Great Dane​
Great Dane​

The easygoing Great Dane, the mighty “Apollo of Dogs,” is a total joy to live with—but owning a dog of such imposing size, weight, and strength is a commitment not to be entered into lightly. This breed is indeed great, but not a Dane.

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Great ​Pyrenees​
Great ​Pyrenees​

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, known as the Great Pyrenees in North America, is a large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian dog. It should not be confused with the Pyrenean Mastiff. As late as 1874 the breed was not completely standardized in appearance, with two major sub-types recorded, the Western and the Eastern.

Greater Swiss ​Mountain Dog​
Greater Swiss ​Mountain Dog​

The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is a draft and drover breed; it is a large, heavy-boned dog with incredible physical strength. Despite being heavy-boned and well-muscled, the dog is agile enough to perform the all-purpose farm duties of the mountainous regions of its origin.

Gull Dong​
Gull Dong​

The Gull Dong is a strong, muscular dog who is very loyal to his family. He is loving and affectionate to his owner but very wary and suspicious of strangers. This suspicion of strangers lends this breed to being a very efficient guard dog and he is a very active and agile dog.

Irish ​Wolfhound​
Irish ​Wolfhound​

The Irish Wolfhound Club was founded in 1885 and it was recognized by the AKC in 1897. In 1902 a hound was first presented to the Irish Guards as a mascot. It was recognized by the Kennel Club as a sporting breed in 1925. The Irish Wolfhound Society was founded in 1981.

Kangal dog​
Kangal dog​

Kangal; Karabash; Turkish Kangal Dog; Description. The Kangal Dog is a large, powerful, heavy-boned dog, whose size and proportions have developed naturally as a result of its continued use in Turkey as a guardian against predators. The head is large and moderately wide with drop ears.

Komondor​
Komondor​

He is a large, muscular dog with plenty of bone and substance, covered with an unusual, heavy coat of white cords. The working Komondor lives during the greater part of the year in the open, and his coat serves to help him blend in with his flock and to protect him from extremes of weather and beasts of prey.

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Kuvasz​
Kuvasz​

The Kuvasz is a large dog with a dense double, odorless coat which is white in color and can range from wavy to straight in texture. Although the fur is white, the Kuvasz’s skin pigmentation should be dark and the nose should be black.

Leonberger​
Leonberger​

This mountain dog occurs with a generous double coat; the Leonberger is a large, muscular, and elegant dog with balanced body type, medium temperament, and dramatic presence.

Maremma ​Sheepdog​
Maremma ​Sheepdog​

Italian Sheepdog; Description. The Maremma Sheepdog is a massive, noble, distinctive-looking dog with a bear-like head. The jaws are strong with a scissors bite. It has a black nose that often becomes slightly pink-brown with age. The ears are V-shaped, pointed and rather small. The eyes have a lively, intelligent expression, but are not large.

Neapolitan ​Mastiff​
Neapolitan ​Mastiff​

The Neapolitan Mastiff or Mastino (Italian: Mastino Napoletano) is a large, ancient dog breed. This massive breed is often used as a guard and defender of family and property due to their protective instincts and their fearsome appearance.

Newfoundland ​dog​
Newfoundland ​dog​

The Newfoundland dog is a large working dog. They can be either black, brown, or white-and-black (called Landseer). However, in Canada, the country of their origin, the only correct colours are either black or Landseer.

Old English ​Sheepdog​
Old English ​Sheepdog​

The Old English Sheepdog (OES) is a large breed of dog which was developed in England from early herding types of dog. The Old English Sheepdog can grow a very long coat, with fur covering the face and eyes. Obsolete names of the breed include Shepherd's Dog and bob-tailed sheep-dog.

Polish Tatra ​Sheepdog​
Polish Tatra ​Sheepdog​

The Polish Tatra Sheepdog is a breed of dog introduced into the Tatra Mountains of Southern Poland by Vlachian (Romanian) shepherds. Tatras are primarily considered livestock guardian dogs. Their instinct, through hundreds of years of breeding, is to protect livestock, though they easily adopt a family as a flock.

Presa ​Canario​
Presa ​Canario​

The Perro de Presa Canario, A.K.A. the Canary Mastiff, is a large Molosser-type dog breed originally bred for working livestock. The name of the breed is Spanish, means "Canarian catch dog", and is often shortened to "Presa Canario" or simply "Presa". The breed is sometimes also called Dogo Canario, meaning "Canarian Molosser".

Pyrenean ​Mastiff​
Pyrenean ​Mastiff​

A big, fluffy dog with a calm and even temperament, the Pyrenean Mastiff is a super-sized softie. Origin The Pyrenean Mastiff originated in the Aragonese Pyrenees region of Spain and it is believed to have descended from an ancient livestock guardian-type dog.

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Rafeiro do ​Alentejo​
Rafeiro do ​Alentejo​

The Rafeiro do Alentejo or Alentejo Mastiff, also called the Portuguese Mastiff, is a large breed of dog that originated in Portugal. The Rafeiro do Alentejo is of the livestock guardian dog type, and the name refers to its area of origin, Alentejo, in south-central Portugal.

Rhodesian ​Ridgeback​
Rhodesian ​Ridgeback​

Ridgeback; Lion Dog; African Lion Hound; Pronunciation. roe-DEE-zhuhn RIHJ-bak. Your browser does not support the audio tag. Description. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large, muscular hound. The broad head is flat between the ears. The muzzle is long and deep, with a defined stop. The nose is black, brown or liver, depending on the coat of the dog.

Rottweiler​
Rottweiler​

The ideal Rottweiler is a medium large, robust and powerful dog, black with clearly defined rust markings. His compact and substantial build denotes great strength, agility and endurance. Dogs are characteristically more massive throughout with larger frame and heavier bone than bitches.

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Sarplaninac​
Sarplaninac​

Alma the Sarplaninac at 2 years old from Hungary—"Alma is a young female dog who is typically very calm. She is due to have puppies soon." She is due to have puppies soon." Alma the Sarplaninac at 2 years old from Hungary

Scottish ​Deerhound​
Scottish ​Deerhound​

The crisply coated Scottish Deerhound, “Royal Dog of Scotland,” is a majestically large coursing hound struck from the ancient Greyhound template. Among the tallest of dog breeds, the Deerhound was bred to stalk the giant wild red deer.

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Spanish ​Mastiff​
Spanish ​Mastiff​

The Spanish Mastiff is a stocky, robust, rustic-looking dog. It is very large and rather lengthy with a massive chest and the power of a heavyweight contender. The body should be rectangular, well-muscled and with strong bone.

St Bernard​
St Bernard​

Large and deep-chested breeds are susceptible to bloat, a sudden, life-threatening stomach condition. Saint Bernard owners should learn what signs to look out for, and what actions to take should they occur. Other conditions sometimes seen in the breed include hip dysplasia and eye disease.

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Tibetan ​Mastiff​
Tibetan ​Mastiff​

The Tibetan Mastiff is a relatively healthy breed. The most common health issues seen in the breed are elbow and hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, entropion and ectropion. Seizures can also be a concern in some lines, but the issue is not prevalent in the breed.

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