A Guide to Giant Dog Breeds

It is very difficult for dog lovers to choose or select the right kind of dog as there are so many varieties of dogs available. One of such varieties is the giant dog breed. The reason why these dogs are named as giant dog breeds is that they are equipped with the largest height and weight among all the dogs, though there is no universal height or weight at which breed is classified as a giant breed. Any kind of extra large dogs come under this category. Else, the average weight on a giant or an extra large dog is about an astonishing one hundred pounds.


The growth of these breeds occurs at a high-speed rate, but they take longer time to mature into full adult sizes than smaller dogs. As compared to other dogs, most of the giant breed dogs are mellow and relaxed. They also require much less exercise than the smaller dogs. That’s why; they serve as better pets for small living arrangements, like those of apartments. Besides, they are equipped with some disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that they eat more than the smaller breeds. They also call for larger beds, collars and toys. Therefore, it really costs an arm and a leg to groom and sustain with these dogs. Joint problems such as hip dysplasia and arthritis are frequent among these dig breeds.

Besides, their life span is shorter generally than smaller breeds. Often, they live up to 6 to 10 years of their age. For general information, in August 2004, a Harlequin Great Dane named “Gibson” from California was recognized by Guinness Book of Records as the world’s tallest dog, measuring 42.2 inches i.e. 107 cm at the withers, he is more than 7 feet tall standing on his hind legs, he is 170 lbs. The 17 common giant dog breeds are divided into 2 groups: Mastiff Type and Mountain Dogs. Mastiff Type comprise of Bull mastiff, Tibetan, Mastiff, Dogue De Bordeaux, Mastiff, Neopolitan Mastiff, Rottweiler and Great Dane. Besides, Mountain Dogs consist of Bernese Mountain Dog, Leonberger, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Estrela, St. Bernard, Newfoundland. Also, other types include the likes of Anatolian Shepherd dog, Irish Wolfhound, Komondor, Hungarian Kuvasz, Bloodhound. If you want more information about giant dog breeds, then dig into the websites related to it.