Dogs- well, as soon as you hear the word, you are instantly surrounded by a sense of warm, fuzzy love that just encapsulates you entirely. What if this love actually matches the size of your warm, fuzzy dog? DREAM COME TRUE. So here we are with the list of biggest and most ferocious dog breeds that you would love to have but well- the space is just not enough.
10) Dogue de Bordeaux
This big, beautiful French dog is recognisable as the breed of dog that starred across from Tom Hanks in the film ‘Turner and Hooch.’ It goes by several other names, including the Bordeaux mastiff, French mastiff and Bordeauxdog and is one of the most ancient breeds of France. The Bordeaux is a very powerful dog and muscular and is well suited for many jobs like pulling carts and hauling heavy objects, to guarding flocks and, historically, the castles of the European elite, while we can just imagine snuggling into its beautiful head. This doggo is very heavy weighing about 125-150 pounds and its height should range between 24 to 27 inches (61 to 69 cm) for male dogs and from 23 to 26 inches (58 to 66 cm) for females. To set it apart others- it is reported to have the largest head of any canine in relation to body size.
Komondor is a beautiful dog with heavy body that is covered with a dense mane that looks like white thick cords and hence, giving him its name, The Mop dog. This muscular and powerful dog breed is used to guard livestock and other property. It is a Hungary based and has been declared one of its national treasures, to be preserved and protected from modification (dogs are best served raw) (No?) (Ok!). They have a good lifespan averaging 12 years and are seriously calm, contrasting their size and burly looks. Females usually reach a height of about 28 inches (70 cm) and weigh in up to 110 pounds (50 kg), males are slightly larger, averaging at a whopping 31.5 inches (80 cm) and weighing up to 130 pounds (60 kg). You definitely can’t hold these.
8) Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese mountain dog is described as one of the most affectionate, loving and loyal dogs (hey, isn’t that all the dogs?). Berner (or Bernese in English) refers to the area of the breed’s origin, in the canton of Bern. This mountain dog was originally kept as a general farm dog and its breed was officially established in 1907. A slow-maturing breed, these dogs don’t reach full size until they’re at least two years old and are actually longer than they are tall, often reaching 110 pounds at full maturity. On an average, their height is 24–28 in (61–71 cm) for males, while it is 22–26 in (56–66 cm) for females. Weight is 80–120 lb (35–55 kg) for males, while it is 70–110 lb (30–50 kg) for the females.
7) The Irish wolfhound
Originally a war dog that used to drag men out of chariots or off horseback, the Irish wolfhound now a huge dog used as a hunting hound and as a guard. It is said to be found around 7000 BC (yep, that old). Standing tall at least 34 inches (86 cm) tall, they are one of the tallest of all dog breeds. Their weight, however, only averages about 120 pounds (55 kg) for males and 105 pounds (48 kg) for females as they are on the thinner side but have a well developed skeletal system allowing for their height. Unlike many other breeds, Irish wolfhounds have a varied range of personalities and are most often noted for their personal quirks and individualism but they are rarely mindless or aggressive as they are always willing to be a part of whatever you are doing (that one buddy wagging its tail in excitement all the time).
6) Caucasian shepherd dog
Caucasian shepherd dog is a large breed of dog that is popular in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and especially Georgia, the principal region of Caucasian shepherd dogs’ habitat. They are strongly-boned, muscular dogs and are often called molossers. Why are they on this list? They measure between 67 and 70 centimetres (26 and 28 in) for females and between 72 and 75 centimetres (28 and 30 in) for their male counterparts. These large dogs are definitely not lap dogs as you can see. Weight can be a big problem for these big dogs, hence outdoor activities such as hiking, chasing balls and retrieving flying discs can be a good outlet of releasing energy.
Sometimes dubbed “gentle lion“, Leonberger is a giant dog breed whose name is derived from the city of Leonberg in Germany. They are a dimorphic breed, with males and females easily discernible as such as males have strong, masculine heads while the female head expresses femininity and is somewhat softer in features. As for the body proportions, male average about 29.5 inches (75 cm) tall and can weigh between 140–150 pounds (64–68 kg), females usually are about 27.5 inches (70 cm) tall and weigh approximately 115 pounds (52 kg). The Leonberger is easily recognizable thanks to its generous, water resistant, double coat. They are the ideal pets as they are unusually calm but agile and graceful runners, who mix up well with enthusiastic play buddies. Unfortunately, their average life expectancy is about 7 years.
The Landseer Newfoundland dog, known for its sweet disposition, gentleness, and serenity is a must have already existed in England in the early 18th century as they were the subject of numerous books and paintings because of their impressive appearance. Its body proportions are very similar to those of the Newfoundland with males reaching heights of 32 inches (80 cm) and weighing in at about 180 pounds (over 80 kg). It is known for its unusually sweet disposition, gentleness, and serenity and this sweetest dog breed enjoys swimming and has been known to rescue drowning people (yes, dogs do save lives indeed). The Landseer is also quicker and more responsive which makes it easier to train.
3) English mastiff
The English mastiff is one of the largest dog breeds in the world, especially in terms of body mass as a male can weigh up to 250 pounds (113 kg), but the heaviest mastiff ever recorded was a jaw-dropping 343-pound (156 kg), called Zorba who was the world´s heaviest and longest dog during its time. Its standard height is 30 inches (76 cm) at the shoulder for males and 27.5 inches (70 cm) (minimum) at the shoulder for females. The lineage of modern dogs can be traced back to the early 19th century but first mentions of these massive dogs date back to as early as the 6th century BC too (the loyalty and strength of mastiff impressed even Caesar).
2) Saint Bernard
Originally the Saint Bernard dog breed was used to guard the grounds of Switzerland’s Hospice Saint Bernard as well as to help find and save lost and injured travellers, which is why it was given this unusual name. These dogs can stand between 25-30 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 140 to 180 pounds. Saint Bernards are identified whenever the word “dog” is said because they are every bit of the gentle, loving, friendly and great-with-children dogs. They are to be trained earlier on in their lives as their nature sets to what it is in the initial years. This breed is one breed that shouldn’t be taken lightly, literally, as they might actually break your leg with their sheer weight.
1) Great Dane
The Great Dane is a German breed notable for its giant size. They don’t look as fluffy or hairy as the other dogs in this list but they definitely deserve the first position as their height often reaches well over 30 inches (76 cm) and there have been many Great Danes who have held the record for being the world´s tallest living dog. For example, a Great Dane called Zeus (which sadly died September 2014 at the age of 5), stood 112 cm (44 inches) tall. They are generally friendly toward other dogs, other non-canine pets, and familiar humans. You are also acquainted with the most famous Great Dane- our very own Scooby-Doo! Their height and size might be a trade for their small average life span of just 6 to 8 years but some Great Danes have been known to reach 10 years or even more. In the picture we see Freddy, the biggest dog in the world: the Great Dane measures in at seven feet, four inches on his hind legs and he’s only 18 months old!
Dogs are the bundles of love we cannot imagine our lives without as they indeed are the providers of loyalty that is unmarred by the materialism and self-preservation of this mechanical world and to have them in this size around us is a boon only a few of us are able to enjoy. So maybe enjoy a beautiful fluff-ball in the quixotic world of well- your imagination- with Great Dane running towards you with affectionate eyes and huge hind legs while you lie in the arms of your bigger than life St. Bernard- a dream I know I don’t want to wake up from.