In the past breeders tried to breed large dogs and strength. These qualities were useful for hunting and protection. However, there is no universal growth or weight at which the breed is officially classified as "giant."There is only an unofficial opinion that is the largest dog in the world - those that weigh 45 kg or more. At the same time, their growth can vary greatly, as some breeds are strong and heavy, while others are tall and thin. The heaviest dog ever lived - St. Bernard named Benedictine, he weighed an incredible 166 kg.
Despite the threatening proportions of the body, most of the largest breeds of dogs are good-natured, quiet pets. If you are thinking of getting a really big four-legged companion, we are glad to make it easy for you to make this list.
- 10. Dirhound
- 9. Irish Wolfhound
- 8. Komondor
- 7. Leonberger
- 6. Tosa Inu
- 5. Caucasian Shepherd
- 4. Newfoundland
- 3. English Mastiff
- 2. St. Bernard
- 1. Danish Great Dane
- The maximum height and weight of males is 80 cm and 50 kg.
- Maximum height and weight of the bitches - 70 cm and 35-43 kg.
These greyhounds were bred for deer hunting. The predecessors of the dirhound were Scots and Picts dogs, who helped people to hunt ungulates. For a long time the breed was unknown outside of Scotland and only in 1892 it was officially recognized. Dirhounds are very hardy, differ instantaneous reaction and very sharp scent. They rarely bark, and are very trustful to people, so they are unlikely to be good guards. But this is a great dog for a hunter.
9. Irish Wolfhound
- The maximum height and weight of males is 86 cm and 55 kg.
- The maximum height and weight of the bitches is 86 cm and 48 kg.
Very ancient breed of hunting dogs. Written mention of Irish wolfhounds is first encountered in the records of the Roman consul in 391 AD.Unlike other participants in the top-10 biggest dogs in the world, Irish wolfhounds have a diverse range of personalities and are famous for their individualism. They are rarely stupid or aggressive.
- The maximum height and weight of males is 80 cm and 60 kg.
- Maximum height and weight of the bitches -70 cm and 50 kg.
Hungarian Shepherds are one of the largest dogs, whose photos look like "oh, live mop!".There is a version that they appeared as a result of crossing ancient shepherds and wolves. Komondor helped the shepherds, protected livestock and other property. Easily recognizable due to their long cord-like hair, these dogs are one of the national treasures of Hungary. Perfectly adapt to urban conditions and are good guards.
- The maximum height and weight of males is 75 cm and 68 kg.
- The maximum height and weight of the bough is -70 cm and 52 kg.
Sometimes these dogs are called "gentle lion", although the name "Leonberger" comes from the German city of Leonberg. Leonberger is easily recognizable thanks to its luxurious waterproof wool. These dogs are usually very faithful, intelligent, playful, which makes them ideal companion animals. Unfortunately, live leonberchers do not last long - on average, 7 years.
6. Tosa Inu
- The maximum height and weight of males is 82 cm and 100 kg.
- Maximum height and weight of the bitches -65 cm and 90 kg.
Initially, Tosa Inu was bred in the Japanese principality of Tosa as a fighting dog. Representatives of the breed vary considerably in size. The Japanese breed as a whole weighs between 36 and 61 kg, while breeders outside Japan have focused on breeding dogs that weigh between 60 and 100 kg. Tosa Inu was crossed with large European breeds of dogs, such as mastiff, St. Bernard, and bull terriers in order to obtain a larger, stronger animal.
5. Caucasian Shepherd Dog
- The maximum height and weight of males is 81 cm and 110 kg.
- Maximum height and weight of the bitches - 76 cm and 76 kg.
A breed of dogs popular in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the North Caucasus region."Caucasians" are very wayward and intelligent, ideal guards, but they require a strong hand. It is enough to look at any video with a Caucasian shepherd to understand how dangerous such a giant can be for an inexperienced puppy and others.
- The maximum height and weight of males is 71 cm and 120 kg.
- The maximum height and weight of the bough is -66 cm and 55 kg.
Originally these fluffy handsome men were bred as a working dog for fishermen. The huge, clever newfoundlands are known for their excellent swimming abilities. A relative of Newfoundland is the longest dog in the world - Boomer( 213 cm in length and 90 cm in height).Boomer refers to the Landseer breed, derived from Newfoundland.
3. English mastiff
- The maximum height and weight of males is 80 cm and 156 kg.
- The maximum height and weight of the bitches are -70 cm and 91 kg.
In the third position of the rating - "on the face of terrible, good inside" giants. English mastiff - one of the largest breeds of dogs in the world, in terms of body weight. The first reviews of these massive dogs date back to the 6th century BC.And during the conquest of England by the Romans, the faithfulness and power of the Mastiffs impressed even Caesar. The most difficult mastiff in the history of the breed was a male named Aikam Zorbo, who weighed 156 kg.
2. St. Bernard
- The maximum height and weight of males is 90 cm and 166 kg.
- Maximum height and weight of the bitches - 70 cm and 100 kg.
Initially the St. Bernards were bred for mine rescue missions in the Italian and Swiss Alps. The proportions of St. Bernard are huge - at the withers they can reach 90 centimeters and often weigh 120 kilograms. And the champion reached 166 kg. St. Bernards are very kind dogs, they love little children, and they do not like small dogs.
1. Danish Great Dane
- The maximum height and weight of males is 112 cm and 100 kg.
- Maximum height and weight of the bitches - 84 cm and 80 kg.
The largest dog in the world is Zeus, who died in 2014.He owns the official record of the Guinness Book of Records. In the photo taken during life, you can see how huge Zeus is compared to people. His height was 112 centimeters. The tallest dog in the world was a kind-hearted creature, and his masters say that they will miss Zeus very much. German mastiffs, as a rule, are friendly towards animals, as well as familiar people. According to statistics, the average life expectancy of the mastiffs is 6-8 years.