Dogs are considered to be man’s best friend. Known for their loyalty and usefulness, dogs are the most popular choice as pets. But just like other things, dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Some dogs can easily fit into hand bags while others can grow as tall as a fully grown man.
According to the records, the largest dog ever recorded was Zeus. He was a Great Dane, and he stood 112 centimeters or 44 inches.
Here is the list of the ten largest dog breeds in the world.
10. Caucasian Shepherd Dog
Bred in the Caucasus Mountains, Caucasian shepherd dogs served as guard dogs against mountain predators such as wolves and bears. Dogs of this breed are mildly intelligent and very obedient, but they have an aggressive temperaments. These dogs are large but not very heavy. A fully grown adult male can be up to 70 centimeters tall and can be heavy as 45 kilograms.
Kuvasz are commonly thought to be bred in Hungary, but they are originally from Tibet. They are more associated with Hungary because the royal family used them as hunting and guard dogs. These furry dogs can grow as tall as 76 centimeters and weigh up to 68 kilograms. Their thick, white fur and large size make them easily recognizable.
8. English Mastiff
Hercules the dog is the world’s heaviest dog at 113 kilos. Hercules is an English Mastiff. The breed is not exactly the tallest, but they are the heaviest. Generally, English Mastiffs can weigh no more than 113 kilos and can be as tall as 75 centimeters. These pets are very docile, but they require large spaces to move around the house.
7. Irish Wolfhound
Thin and gangly, Irish wolfhounds were bred to be fast and intimidating for hunting wolves and boars. An adult male of this breed can be as tall as 78 centimeters and can be heavy as 54 kilos. Irish wolfhounds can be as tall as 7 feet when they stand on their hind legs.
6. St. Bernard
St. Bernards are the national dog of Switzerland. They are well-respected and famous for their valuable help in alpine rescue missions. An adult male St. Bernard can measure 90 centimeters in height and 120 kilos in weight. Known to be very dependable and strong dogs, they must be trained well to live as pets.
Newfoundlands were bred in Newfoundland, Canada, as their name suggests. These large and dependable dogs were bred by the fishermen in Newfoundland as their aid. They are known for their strong swimming ability. Their thick fur and webbed feet allow them to navigate the waters easily. A fully grown male Newfoundland dog can measure up to 70 centimeters and 80 kilos.
According to legends, Leonbergers were originally bred to imitate the lion of Leonberg city in Germany. The people found out that the dog breed inhibited many qualities of the lion but still docile enough to be trained. From then on, Leonbergers were used for search and rescue and various works. These dogs are used to living with humans, so they are good pets.
The black “mask” that covers their face makes the dog readily recognizable. A fully grown adult male Leonberger can be as tall as 80 centimeters and can be heavy as 150 pounds.
3. Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff)
Douge de Bordeaux is one of the oldest dog breeds in Europe. A full grown adult male will measure about 69 centimeters and weigh 68 kilos. This dog breed sports the largest head in the canine species. These dogs require many walks throughout the day because they are very energetic.
2. Anatolian Shepherd
Used as guard flocks of goats and sheep in the Anatolian Mountains, Anatolian shepherds are considered to be one of the strongest dog breeds in the world. They regularly fight with wolves, bears, and jackals.
These dogs can be as tall as 78 centimeters and 68 kilos in weight. These extremely dependable guardians are not well adjusted to domestic life. They are used to being on alert for any signs of predators that will attack their herd.
1. Great Dane
Great Danes are one of the most recognizable dogs in the world. Scooby Doo is a Great Dane and the famous Zeus is also of this breed.
The average Great Dane can measure at 100 centimeters and weigh up to 54 kilos. Great Danes are also famous for their unique coats. Some Great Danes even have almost blue coat of fur.