Top 10 Large Dog Breeds
What is a “Large Dog Breed?”
The large dog breeds are usually classified as dogs that are up to one hundred pounds. Although these dogs are large in size, they are still babies at heart and crave the same love and affection as their smaller counterparts.
There is a huge rumor out there that large dog breeds are more independent and do not like to cuddle and hangout with their humans. This is absolutely untrue. In fact, large dog breeds make excellent travel and exercise companions. You can take them hiking, biking and running with you. Depending on the specifics of the dog, you can even take your large dog breed to go swimming and have them do rigorous activities with you!
Large Dog Breeds Can Be Great With Children!
Large dog breeds can also be best friends to children in the household who treat them with respect. It is always important to watch your children while they interact with animals, especially with large dog breeds. In general, while large dog breeds like having their families around, they would prefer to not be disturbed while they eat and they for sure do not want anyone pestering them.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind as you think of bring large dog breeds into your household and choosing one. Think about how much time and effort you will be spending every single day grooming your dog and how that compares to how clean you want your household to be (that is from drool and hair shed of course). Make sure you know how much your particular dog sheds, whether they are hypoallergenic, what kind of hair/fur they have and what their specific grooming needs are. Some dogs might love being in the water, which is fun and all but requires more clean up later. Others will be hypoallergenic (like poodles!) and so even if they look super fluffy, they don’t shed as much and you are able to live with them even if you have allergies.
How Big is Big?
Also keep in mind how long it takes each of the large dog breeds to grow into their adult size. This will determine how much “puppy time” you have with them. This means that the quicker the dog will grow in size, the earlier you will want to start training them so that they are still fairly easy to handle. All dog owners should start training their dogs before the age of six months but it is even more necessary in the case of large dog breeds.
All that being said, we do want to stress the point that large dog breeds can be huge, loving pillows that like nothing more than cuddling with you and making you feel safe and protected. When children and dogs are trained well, these guys can be great for families. Always make sure to get your dog the proper amount of exercise, which will keep them in good health. Speaking of health, always make sure that you are aware of the health issues of your large dog breeds. While some dogs’ love running around in the sun, others might get overheated and suffer from a heat stroke.
Finally, according to our research here are the top ten large dog breeds. Note, this list is NOT comprehensive, and we are basing this off of popularity as shown by many other Internet sites, not necessarily how awesome a dog is because truly with a great owner dogs are all awesome.
Second on the list of top ten large dog breeds are the Bullmastiffs. These guys were bred to be guard dogs and are very protective of their families. They can be quite possessive and territorial so it is important to train them from an early age. This is one of the large dog breeds that will grow immensely as the time passes by so you want to make sure that you start to train them at a very young age. The Bullmastiffs are very intelligent dogs that are always willing to please so training should come fairly easily to them. The temperament of Bullmastiffs is good for children as long as they are socialized from a very young age. As with other guard dogs, the Bullmastiffs will not tolerate other dogs unless they have been socialized with different genders, sizes and breeds from a very young age.
It is hard to think of a Collie without mentioning Lassie first. Keep in mind that Collies and Border Collies are two different dogs all together. They are not only different in size but in many other ways and it is important to keep that in mind as you think of bringing one of these large dog breeds into your life.
Collies are one of the most popular large dog breeds, not only because they have been mentioned so many times in literature and in films but also because they are a very friendly and intelligent breed. They should be fairly easy to train when training has been started from a young age. They are also extremely loyal dogs who do not show signs of aggression unless their owners are in need of protection. They can also make a great addition to the family because Collies can be equally fearless and gentle.