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The Biggest Dog Breeds

By Paige

There is a long list of dog breeds out there and we did a little research to bring you the most extreme sizes we could.

Here are images of the big daddies of the dog world, or the giant dog breeds. These animals are the biggest canines on the planet.

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

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The Afghan was originally used for hunting in the mountains of Afghanistan mountains & carries very old bloodlines. Not known for their intelligence, these animals are mainly show dogs today.

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Image from Tibilou

For centuries these dogs were used as fighting dogs in war & for hunting. Their size made them a formidable opponent against wolves so they were popular as sheepdogs.

Bouvier des Flandres

Bouvier des Flandres

Image from Basco

The Bouvier was originally used for cattle herding, however they became popular during WWI as rescue & message dogs. Their exposure to the battlefield almost killed off the breed in the early 20th century but breeding programs have been successful since.



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Bullmastiff dogs are a cross between Bulldogs & Mastiff dogs creating a large, stout dog. They were used by gamekeepers to tackle poachers and hold them down & today they are popular as guard dogs.

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer

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Established in 1923, the Giant Schnauzer is a cross between several large breed dogs. They were originally bred as cattle dogs and later became popular as a guard dog within military & police ranks.

Great Dane

Great Dane

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Called the Apollo of all Dogs, there is Greek money from 36 B.C. that bears a dog very similar in looks to the Great Dane. The ancestors of the modern breed were prized for their ability to take down bears & boars.

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

Image from Rose Robinson

Thought to have originated in Asia or Siberia these dogs are thought to share blood with St. Bernards & Newfoundlands. The breed became popular in Europe during the dark ages & French Nobility found them fashionable guard dogs.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog comes from the Swiss Alps and were used as cattle dogs. These animals may have been influential in creating St. Bernards. This breed was also called “the poor man’s horse” because of their natural drafting abilities.

Stay Tuned

There were more of the giant breeds than we expected, so we split them into two posts (& we like big images so your browser will thank us). Keep an eye out for part 2 of the big dogs and a few of the small ones too.

10 Responses to “The Biggest Dog Breeds”

  1. Acour says:

    The Great Pyrenees is from the Pyrenees Mountains in Northern Spain/Southern France.

    Its ancestral breeds were thought to originate from Central Asia.

  2. Katey says:

    That is not a Great Pyrenees.

  3. Paige says:

    Thanks for the correction Katey, we think you’re right. We’ve updated the image with a better one. :)

  4. bingo says:

    The Irish wolf hound should be on the list

  5. dar vetru says:

    Afghan hounds are not very big about 70 cm. at the shoulder. They are smart. in their native Afghanistan they are used not only for hunting of wolves and leopards but also for herding sheep and goats . Any herding dog is a smart dog

  6. Bob says:

    What about the Caucasian Ovcharka and other breeds of Ovcharka?

  7. Connie Nibarger says:

    Unfortunately those who think the Afghan Hound is not intelligent, obviously have never owned one for long. For one it takes special people to appreciate this breed. If they were not very intelligent I can tell you they would not be used for hunting or herding, let alone to steal documents from other encampments. I really resent the information i.e. to the Afghan Hound. I have owned Afghan Hounds for over a period of 30 some years. No they are not like your normal run of the meal dog, like German Shepherds, Collies, Dobermans, etc. Afghan Hounds are more cat like in their attitude and thinking, they are quiet thinkers using it to their advantage. I can tell you many stories of how smart a thinker these hounds are but it would take many many more pages. I have seen my hounds size up a person in a nano second, think out problems, share with others,and more. I think “The Biggest Dog Breeds should really rewrite their description of the Afghan Hound” They will train you, not you training them, if you let them; in other words they will rule the house if you let them.

  8. Alyssa says:

    Hey… Sorry but these arent correct. You forgot Irish Wolfound, which actually IS the biggest breed of dog. You also forgot Borzoi, St. Bernard, Leonburger and several more. Actually, none of these breeds apart from the Great Dane, Bull Mastiff and POSSIBLY the Great Pyr. are even in the top ten biggest breeds. Not trying to dis your list, but it isnt correct at all..

  9. Matt says:

    The anatolian shepherd is not war dog and never he’s been. The breed is relatively new. Turkish kangals were taken to America in the 70,s and bred with other large breeds for temperament and loyalty. The Kangal is a flock guard respected for there intelligence and bravery. NOT A WAR DOG

  10. Utsav Srinet says:

    The best dog I ever had was an enormous Great Dane, called Nicolas and he lived to the ripe old age of 12 years. It is all in the way you feed and handle them. The large breeds are not meant to be treated the same as little dogs, their bodies work differently. However, great post. Thanks for sharing !!

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