In the past, big size and strength were often sought-after factors to breed into dogs, making them good protectors and hunters. Now, there are thousands of dog breeds all around the world, with some being very large by weight and others by height. Despite their large body proportions, most of the biggest dog breeds often tend to be sweet, relaxed animals and make great family pets. If you are thinking about becoming the owner of a big dog, check out the world’s biggest dogs– you’ll wish you owned one!
The Kuvasz is a breed of ancient Hungarian dog that was originally used for guarding livestock. Kuvasz is a smart and intelligent dog and is often described as even having a clownish sense of humor.
2. Cane Corso
Closely related to the Neapolitan mastiff, the Cane Corso is an Italian breed valued as a great hunter and guardian. It is well muscled but less bulky than most other mastiff breeds. The average life expectancy of the breed is 10 to 12 years.
Native to western Turkey, the Akbash was bred primarily as a livestock guardian dog and a shepherd dog. The Akbashes tend to be calm but aware. When protecting their family, they appear to have a lot of power, focus, endurance and perseverance. Their life span is usually between 10 and 11 years.
The Landseer is known for its very sweet disposition and gentleness. They enjoy swimming and have been known to rescue drowning people. The Landseer is also quicker and more responsive than the Newfoundland, which makes it easier to train.
The Kangal is another livestock guardian breed that originated in Turkey. The dog is not as heavy as some other mastiff breeds, making it faster and more agile than other larger dogs. It is a controlled, independent, powerful and protective dog, who – when properly socialized – is very friendly with visitors, especially children.
6. Dogue de Bordeaux
The Dogue de Bordeaux is one of the most ancient French dog breeds. It is a very powerful and muscular dog that has been put to work in many different capacities. One of the distinctive features of the breed is a massive head in proportion to the rest of the body. Unfortunately, these dogs are prone to disease and their lifespan is one the shortest among all breeds, usually around 5 to 6 years.
7. Bully kutta
The Bully Kutta is a descendant of the extinct Alaunt, an ancient dog breed that originated in present day Pakistan. The Bully Kutta is predominantly white in color. The breed is generally docile, friendly, and very trainable.
8. Greater Swiss Mountain
The Greater Swiss mountain dog is another large dog breed which was developed in the Swiss Alps. The dog is robust with great physical strength, but is still agile enough to perform the all-purpose farm duties it was originally used for. The Greater Swiss is a happy, intelligent and sociable dog with an enthusiastic nature and strong affinity to people and children.
9. Dogo Argentino
Developed in Argentina primarily for the purpose of big-game hunting, Dogo Argentino is a huge, muscular dog with a white, very short coat.
10. Tibetan Mastiff
Originally bred by nomadic cultures of Tibet, China, Nepal, and Central Asia, the Tibetan mastiff is an ancient breed of a large dog with thick, usually dark coat. Its name is misleading though – it’s not a mastiff. A better name for the dog would be Tibetan mountain dog.
11. Anatolian Shepherd
Anatolian shepherd dog is a breed which originated in Anatolia (Turkey) and was further developed in America. The breed could be as old as 6,000 years. They look even larger and heavier than they actually are because of their thick coat. They usually live up to 11 years, which is 3-4 years longer than other breeds of their size.
Bred as a guard dog, the Boerboel is a large, sturdy dog breed from South Africa. Boerboels are obedient and intelligent dogs who like to protect. They are loyal and great with kids.
13. Bernese Mountain Dog
Originally kept as a general farm dog that accompanied herders in the Bern region, Switzerland, the Bernese mountain dog is a large, heavy breed with a distinctive tri-colored coat, black with white chest and rust colored markings. The temperament of individual dogs may vary but generally, Berneses are calm and docile dogs, friendly to children as well as to other pets.
14. Tosa Inu
Originally bred as a fighting dog, the Tosa Inu is a rare breed which varies in size throughout the world.
Sometimes dubbed “gentle lion“, Leonberger is a giant dog breed whose name derives from the city of Leonberg in Germany. The Leonberger is easily recognizable thanks to his generous, water resistant, double coat. These robust dogs are normally very loyal, intelligent, playful, and kind, which makes them ideal family pets. Unfortunately, their average life expectancy is about 7 years.