Best Large Dog Breeds – Which Are the Top Family Pets?
There are many different types of dogs, which can be considered as family pets. There are also various sizes of these dogs. They range from small to very large. Some of them have been bred for their looks or other qualities such as loyalty, intelligence, etc., while others were bred because they had certain physical characteristics such as strength, speed or endurance.
It is not just the size that makes a dog a good pet; it’s also how well trained and socialized they are. However, there are some breeds which have been bred specifically for hunting purposes. These include: foxhounds, retrievers, border collies, pugs and dachshunds among others.
In addition to these larger dogs, there are smaller ones too. For example: chihuahuas and miniature pinschers among others. Smaller dogs tend to be quieter than larger ones and they are less likely to bark at strangers.
The following table lists the top 10 largest dog breeds according to statistics compiled by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The list includes all of the major dog breeds including mastiffs, bulldogs, huskies, Great Danes, German shepherds, golden retrievers and more.
1. English Setter 2. Bulldog 3.
Mastiff 4. Great Dane 5. Old English Sheepdog 6. St. Bernard 7. Irish Wolfhound 8. Leonberger 9. Great Pyrenees 10. Scottish Deerhound
Most people would say that large dogs are more susceptible to health problems than their smaller cousins and this list tends to support that claim, however most of the dogs listed here were bred for working purposes and have since become more of oversized lap dogs.
Take the Bulldog for example. Their short muzzles make it difficult for them to breathe which is why they have such a troubled snout, however they were bred to be aggressive fighters so this genetic trait was encouraged. The Great Dane has similar issues except in their case their giant size makes it harder for them to have proper circulation.
But it is not all doom and gloom. Their larger size means that they also have stronger immune systems and can handle certain types of drugs and medicines better than other dogs. This makes them ideal patients for medical testing.
Unfortunately their larger sizes make them less desirable as pets! In order to keep them as pets, many people need to have custom built houses and vehicles. There are also certain insurance policies which will not cover homeowners with these breeds.
These large dog breeds are perfect if you have enough space for them and they do not suffer from any serious medical conditions. Since they tend to be relaxed and gentle creatures, they are also great around children.
Most of the dogs in this list have long lifespans which means that you will have a friend for life. Just make sure that you get them when they are still pups so that you can train them properly. If you start off as a kind master, then they are more likely to be kind to others.
Many people who are not familiar with dogs think that these large dog breeds are more prone to aggression and violence, this is simply untrue. These dogs have been bred for different purposes, some to hunt and others to protect their masters.
No matter what the reason is for their aggressive behavior, they are no more dangerous than smaller dog breeds provided that you treat them well and give them the respect that they deserve.
Of course there are always exceptions to the rule, some of these breeds are more prone to aggression and will need to be trained more than others. The best way to approach these situations is through professional training classes or by hiring an experienced dog trainer to give you a few lessons.
If you can train and handle these large dog breeds properly then you will have a lifetime companion who will love you unconditionally for the rest of its life.
When searching for a dog, do not just look at one because it is big. Look at its personality and make sure that both you and the dog are comfortable with each other. Even if you get the dog when it is a puppy, things can still go wrong so do not be afraid to give up on one if it does not work out.
There are plenty more waiting for a good home!
Here is our list of the 10 largest dog breeds in the world.
Continue below to find out which breed made number one!
(NB: Please note that there are many different types of breeds and crosses that are not listed here. This is a list of the 10 largest purebreed dogs)
10. Great Dane
The Great Dane is the grandfather of all domestic dogs; it is also known as German Mastiff. This breed of dogs was originally bred by the ancient Germans to hunt wild boars and other dangerous types of game. Today they are used as companion dogs and for watching over farms.
This dog is exceptionally tall, with a long body and long legs which make it one of the tallest dog breeds in the world. It has a short, easy to groom coat which is any colour except blue or black. Yellow, brindle and even white Great Danes have been seen.
The Great Dane is a very affectionate animal and forms strong attachments to children, adults and other animals. It is commonly regarded as a gentle giant.
9. English Mastiff
The English Mastiff is also known as the old English fighting dog and was used for the brutal sport of bullbaiting before it was made illegal in 1835.
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