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
Known as an ancient breed, the independent Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are meant to guard livestock.
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.
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.
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
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.
The large, muscular Dogo Argentino is a big game hunter that is sometimes called the Argentinian Mastiff.
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.
The tallest of all AKC breeds, the Irish Wolfhound can be up to 3 feet at it’s shoulders.
Known to have extreme wrinkles, the powerful Neapolitan Mastiff male can weigh an average of 150 pounds and stand up to 31 inches tall.
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
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.
Also known as the Arabian Greyhound, the Sloughi were bred as game dogs for hunting animals like hares and fox.
A massive, muscular dog, the Spanish Mastiff can weigh up to 200 pounds and be 35 or more inches tall.
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.
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.