If you think you have a really big dog by your side with your Rottweiler or a Mastiff, you are mistaken. These dog breeds are the largest in the world!
The Landseer originally came from the Newfoundland dog and got its name from the English painter Edwin Landseer, who particularly liked to immortalize black and white representatives of this dog breed. Today, the Landseer is recognized as a separate breed independently of Newfoundland and is now also visually different from him. Due to the abundant undercoat, Landseer is a passionate swimmer in any weather, so they are often used as sea rescue dogs. Males of this imposing breed grow up to 80 centimeters, bitches up to 72.
The Leonberger brings the best of three different dog breeds. After all, this breed was found by crossing Saint Bernard, Great Pyrenees, and Newfoundland dogs. Dogs of this breed are correspondingly large: males can reach up to 80 centimeters shoulder height, bitches up to 75. Leonberger is usually calm, insensitive to noise and balanced, and willing to learn and work. This makes a pleasant and an ideal family dog.
3. Anatolian Shepherd dog
What an Anatolian Shepherd Dog is not clearly defined everywhere. Some include the Kangal and Akbaş, and others strictly separate here. However, all three representatives are very similar: These dogs are extremely vigilant, courageous, and suspicious. Also, they have been bred to act as herd guard dogs to make decisions independently. This can quickly become a problem in posture. The Anatolian Shepherd Dog, therefore, needs an early, consistent training from dog-experienced owners. If this does not happen, keeping the animals up to 85 centimeters (bitches up to 79 centimeters) in size becomes torture for both dog and owner.
4. Pyrenean mountain dog
In the case of the Pyrenees Mountain Dog, we are dealing with a breed of French origin. Its actual name is, therefore, also Chien de Montagne des Pyrénées or Patou. The males of this imposing breed reach shoulder heights of up to 82 centimeters, and the bitches are up to 77 centimeters tall. The dog’s talent lies in the tasks of a guard, herd protection, or herding dog. Pyrenees Mountain Dogs are accordingly very vigilant, courageous, and intelligent. If the dog has nothing to guard or protect, sufficient other activities must be provided.
5. Irish Wolfhound
Why is the Irish Wolfhound one of the largest dogs in the world? Well, if only because the breed standard does not specify a maximum, but a minimum size. Bitches of this breed must be at least 71 centimeters and males at least 79 centimeters. However, since individual specimens of this docile breed can grow well over 100 centimeters, the Irish Wolfhound is often considered the largest dog. This wiry giant is particularly lucky in the race, which you should consider when keeping.
6. Great Dane
Great Danes are truly what are known as gentle giants. With a shoulder height of at least 80 centimeters for the males and at least 72 centimeters for the bitches, they are of impressive size, but at the same time so friendly, open-minded and above all compatible with humans and dogs that they are not only the tallest but also the most pleasant companions. Particularly they are one of those dogs that don’t shed much. However, they are not the largest of all dog breeds.
7. Saint Bernard
The largest breed of dog in the world is St. Bernard. They are no less than the Swiss national dogs. The dogs, which have their origins with the monks of the hospice on the Alpine pass “Great St. Bernard”, were used as avalanche search dogs for a long time. However, the breed’s development over the years has made it too difficult for this task, so today, they are mainly used as companion dogs. Saint Bernard dogs are big and have a lot of mass, but they are very sensitive and, above all, gentle. The stubbornness typical of the breed cannot be denied, but Saint Bernard is an ideal family dog who bravely goes to great lengths for its human pack in an emergency. Bitches are up to 80 centimeters tall, males even up to a truly impressive 90 centimeters.