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16 Large Dog Breeds Pictures and Names

Head shot portrait of a Broholmer

Large dog breeds have been given many job titles over the years, from guard dog to therapy friend. Each breed is recognized for its own unique characteristics. Some large dogs are gentle and easy going, while others are more ferocious and protective. Check out these 15 large breeds to find which one may be your next perfect fit.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian Shepherd Dog laying in tall grass and wild flowers

Known as an ancient breed, the independent Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are meant to guard livestock.

Belgian Laekenois

Belgian Laekenois sitting in autumn golored grass near woods

The Belgian Laekenois is not a dog to just lay around. This rough coated working dog needs daily exercise to stay in shape.

Berger Picard

Berger Picard Sitting in grass at edge of woods

Need someone as active as you? The Berger Picard needs to keep busy to occupy it’s mind. Left to it’s own activities, it can cause a bit of trouble.


Head shot portrait of a Broholmer

Used as a guard dog because of it’s calm and watchful nature, the Broholmer comes from Denmark and is often called the Danish Mastiff.


Bullmastiff standing among wild flowers in a tall grass field

A cross between the bulldog and mastiff breeds, these guardians are sure to protect those close to them. However, coming in at 100 to 130 pounds, have your checkbook handy. You are going to need a lot of food.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever sitting on a stump in the forest

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is meant to be a hunting companion, though it has been known to make a great family pet. It’s love for water makes is a great sporting dog for retrieving waterfowl.

Dogo Argentino

Dogo Argentino laying outdoors in a yard

The large, muscular Dogo Argentino is a big game hunter that is sometimes called the  Argentinian Mastiff.

Great Dane

Great Dane standing outdoors in grass

Patient and friendly, the Great Dane can make an amazing companion. But make no mistake, this gentle giant may look sweet and innocent, but it can do the job protecting it’s family.

Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound outdoors laying at the edge of the woods

The tallest of all AKC breeds, the Irish Wolfhound can be up to 3 feet at it’s shoulders.

Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff standing outdoors in nature

Known to have extreme wrinkles, the powerful Neapolitan Mastiff male can weigh an average of 150 pounds and stand up to 31 inches tall.

Pyrenean Mastiff

Close up portrait of a Pyrenean Mastiff's head outdoors

A drooling gentle giant, the Pyrenean Mastiff is a guardian to all. With a low drive to hunt, it is known to protect people and animals alike.

Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog

Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog laying on a green grass, rock and vegetation covered hill.

The Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog is loyal and protective of family, but not fond of strangers. With its thick, long coat, frequent grooming is a must.


Sloughi standing on the side of a hill at the base of some exposed tree roots.

Also known as the Arabian Greyhound, the Sloughi were bred as game dogs for hunting animals like hares and fox.

Spanish Mastiff

Spanish Mastiff laying in grass outdoors

A massive, muscular dog, the Spanish Mastiff can weigh up to 200 pounds and be 35 or more inches tall.

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff standing on a dirt road next to a large fence

This thickly coated guardian is a devoted family man who will watch out for those humans that are close to him. Weighing in at between 90 and 150 pounds, the Tibetan Mastiff can be quite intimidating.


Tosa standing tall in green grass with trees in the background.

Also known as the Japanese Fighting Dog, the Tosa’s characteristics would say different. This gentle giant is know to be affectionate with it’s family members.

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