Large Dog Breeds

The second largest dogs in terms of size, large dog breeds are generally between 50 and 100 pounds. Big dog breeds are large and lovable fur-balls that are popular as sizeable companions that provide plenty of slobbery kisses.

With several large dogs to choose from in various characteristics, the large breed dogs include the popular Alaskan Malamute, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, German Shepherd, Irish Setter, Collie, Rottweiler, and Golden Retriever.

Image Breed Breed Group Size Color Overview
Golden Retriever Golden Retriever Hunting Dog Breeds Height: Female: 21–23 inches, Male: 23–24 inches
Weight: 55 to 75 lbs
Gold Dog Breeds

With its intelligence and grace, the Golden Retriever is undoubtedly one of the most popular breeds today in the United States. Not only as a loyal companion to many families, the breed’s working abilities has made the Golden Retriever an id

Doberman Pinscher Doberman Pinscher Working Dog Breeds Height: Male: 12 to 14 in; Female: 12 to 14 in
Weight: 66 to 88 pounds
Black Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

The noble Doberman pincher is a member of th

Boxer Boxer Working Dog Breeds Height: Female: 21–24; Male: 22–25 inches
Weight: 50 to 70 pounds
White Dog Breeds

Known for being the middleweight champion of

Labrador Retriever Labrador Retriever Hunting Dog Breeds Height: Male: 22–25 inches; Female: 21–24 inches
Weight: 55 to 80 pounds
Black Dog Breeds

Affectionately referred to simply as “Labs” by their loyal owners, Labrador Retrievers are excellent family dogs with a gentle, intelligent, and loving disposition. Largely considered the most popular breed in the world taking the top&

Alaskan Malamute Alaskan Malamute Working Dog Breeds Height: Female: 22–24 inches; Male: 24–26 inches
Weight: 65 to 100 pounds
White Dog Breeds Black Dog Breeds Gray Dog Breeds

As the largest and oldest of the Arctic sled

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Chesapeake Bay Retriever Hunting Dog Breeds Height: 21 to 26 inches
Weight: 55 to 80 lbs
White Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, commonly called "Chessie" is a true American sporting breed. It has been hailed as the state dog of Maryland. The breed was developed after an English brig wrecked off the coast of Maryland in 1807.Two Newfoundlands w

Irish Setter Irish Setter Hunting Dog Breeds Height: 24 to 27 inches
Weight: 35 to 70 lbs
Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

The Irish Setter is a fun-loving, high energy dog. An aristocratic bird dog, it is also one of the most distinguished sporting breeds. It was originally bred to be red and white. The distinctive rusty red color appeared in Ireland during the 19th&

Tibetan Mastiff Tibetan Mastiff Working Dog Breeds Height: 24 to 26 inches or more at the shoulder
Weight: 85 to 140 pounds
Black Dog Breeds Brown Dog Breeds

An impressively large dog with a noble appearance, the Tibetan Mastiff is known to be a conversation starter and a traffic stopper walking down the street. Along with the dog’s large size, the Tibetan Mastiff possess all of the qualities tha

Rhodesian Ridgeback Rhodesian Ridgeback Hound Dog Breeds Height: 24 to 27 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 75 to 80 pounds
Brown Dog Breeds Red Dog Breeds

Developed as a hunter and family protector, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large breed native to South Africa that is well-known for its athletic, hard-working, and good-natured demeanor. Successfully making the leap from African hunter to American&

Weimaraner Weimaraner Hunting Dog Breeds Height: 23 to 27 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 to 90 pounds
Gray Dog Breeds

Often referred to as the “grey ghost” for the distinctive coloring of its sleek coat, the Weimaraner is a graceful dog noted for its aristocratic characteristics. Highly regarded for its ability to work effectively with tremendous spee

Since big dogs are not for everyone, it is important that prospective owners take the following into consideration when welcoming these gentle giants into their homes.

While many owners enjoy smaller pampered pooches, some prefer a little more in a dog as a watchful guard, exercise buddy, or playmate. Most popular among active individuals, large breed dogs typically require extensive amount of exercise to work off excess energy. Although some large dogs may be relatively inactive or lazy while indoors, the general rule of thumb is that big dog breeds need to be provided a daily long walk to avoid a host of health problems.

Since these dogs are rather large in size, it is important that families have ample space indoors for tail-wagging space, which means the breeds are normally unsuitable for apartment living. In addition, it is essential for owners to have a large, fenced-in yard with a tall fence that the dogs cannot jump over for a good romp in a safe, open area.

Along with a necessity for ample moving space, large dog breeds generally consume significantly more than food than smaller dogs. As a result, big dogs are typically more costly for families to raise with the needed larger toys, bigger beds, grooming visits, training classes, and vast food supplies. With a shorter average lifespan in comparison with smaller types of dogs, it is important to note that some large dogs are also more prone to medical conditions that can cause veterinarian bills and medication costs to accumulate.

Despite often being falsely portrayed as aggressive, vicious, and violent, most big dog breeds have a pleasing disposition that makes them wonderful companions for families of all sizes. Generally, large dog breeds are often described as being devoted, loyal, affectionate, patient, playful, energetic, alert, intelligent, adventurous, obedient, and fun-loving. Serving as excellent watchdogs that are more snuggly than any other alarm system on the market, these sizeable dogs come with the guarantee of never having to worry about stepping on or tripping over them. Therefore, although these big dogs may require some extra muscle, their good-mannered temperament will definitely make it worth the effort for the right families.