According to professor James Serpell, of University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine; All Dog species in the world, no matter how different, had originated exclusively from one single species on earth: the gray wolf (Canis lupus) of central Asia. Huge Dog breeds are especially fascinating. According to Wikipedia, a “Huge” breed has to be at least 70 Kilo or more to qualify. Most huge breeds apart from a few on this list, are actually very calm, submissive and nurturing animals. The huge dog breed was originally meant to fend off bears, tigers, and other large beasts. Breeds like the Caucasian Shepherd and the Giant Tibetan Mastiff were breed by mountain farmers in the Kozak regions of Asia. The farmer’s intention was not for the new breed to be the primary pack herder. These huge breeds would travel miles from the pack and circle around its perimeter to spread their scent (thus alerting predators to stay away), and if need be fending off predators from a safe distance. Huge dogs make for some great Photos, so we compiled some for you, and accompanied them with some fun random dog facts (according to “Pet Assure”) and fun quotes. Have fun!
Back Seat Reading
Try reading a book next to your dog in the park. I dare you! Dogs have very low attention spans so make sure you give them some exercise before you sit down for some “me time” at the park. If you don’t this is what you’ll get!
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx
It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is similar to our vision at dusk.
The Hug Command
If you have a big breed or even a medium dog. We recommend you train them and train them well from a young age! One of the most important disciplines you can teach a dog is to hug on command. Not so they can hug everyone they see, but so they don’t hug without permission.
“My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” – Elayne Boosler
Dogs DO have better low-light vision than humans because of a particular light-reflecting layer behind their retinas.
Forgetting to Crate Train
There is a reason this Woolly Mammoth is sitting on this old man’s chair because no one crate trained him. Crate training your Dog is extremely critical! Especially when they are over 100 kilos in size. When getting a Huge Dog breed, get a huge cage, put a blanket around it, put their food inside, all their favorite toys, and a water bowl. When they are tired, that’s the spot they will pick to rest.
“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” – Christopher Morley. A German Shepherd guide dog led her blind companion through the entire 2100-mile Appalachian Trail.
Hug Me Right
Dogs actually prefer not to be hugged as humans do; their version of a good hug is a lot different! They like to be embraced from the side, or enjoy jumping up and stretching on your chest while you pet their back. Try squeezing a Mastiffs stomach, also say goodbye to your face before you do!
“Dog is God spelled backward.” – Duane Chapman
If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!
No Room in the Car?
This family seems to have adopted a Great Dane, but they forgot to get a car big enough to store one! If you’re getting a big dog, make sure there is room for your canine in the vehicle, or else you may find yourself with a 70-kilo beast on your lap! Also, make sure to buy your big guy a seatbelt.
“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones
A dog’s’ only sweat glands are between their paw pads.
Her Majesty the Queen
Huge dog breeds are hard to find if you want to adopt one. Most are bred and bought for tens of thousands of dollars. Some specific Huge dogs have even been sold for more than one million dollars. So, it’s easy to assume that their owners may have prepared their new friend with his/her own room even. Just look at this “little princess!”
“A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.” – Robert Benchley
Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes with age.
Cozy Little Hallway
Just another example of a big dog that doesn’t seem to know where to put himself! Dogs love to cozy up in tight positions. It’s called the “womb complex.” Being nuzzled up tightly is the closest feeling they get to being in the womb again!
“When a man’s best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.” – Edward Abbey
The Lundehune breed has six toes and can close its ears.
A Good Winter Snuggle
Huge breeds have what’s called a “smart coat.” For most, that means a three-layer coat, that can regulate their body heat, and keep them at safe internal temperatures all year round. Humans can get a coat like that too. Just train your puppy to lay on you, and when he reaches 70 kilos, you’ll have the perfect winter blanket.
“Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach.” – Moby
Teddy Roosevelt’s dog, Pete, ripped a French Ambassador’s pants off at the White House.
Great with Children
It may come as a surprise, but huge dog breeds are perfect to have around children! Dogs have a natural maternal instinct, and know your child is a child, and have the to sense to be gentle and loving with them. They’ll even herd your child back to you if they get too far! Talk about getting a baby sitter!
“You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” – Harry S Truman
President Lyndon Johnson had two beagles named Him and Her.
The Perfect Hug
The bond between man in human actually dates back to ancient Rome, when the Cane Corso breed would fight in epic battles with their human comrades. Since then, humans realized that it’s better to teach a dog how to cuddle rather than how to fight!
“The dog is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher
Franklin Roosevelt spent $15,000 for a destroyer to pick up his Scottie in the Aleutian Islands.
Summer Can Be Hot
Summertime can be grueling for some Huge breeds. Not all of them have “Smart Coat,” and you may want to check online if your climate is suitable before getting one for yourself. Dogs can’t talk, and can only convey to us so many things. So, your little guy may not be able to say for instance “why did you bring me here, it’s too hot, get me out of here!!”
“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.” – Franklin P. Jones
In Roman times, mastiffs donned light armor and were sent after mounted knights.
Big Pit Bulls
American Pit Bulls can get to massive sizes, some pure-bred breeders focus on breeding the most massive Pitbull they can, despite the size and reputation, pit bulls are actually known to be the best family dog on the market. Don’t believe me? Get one yourself; there are millions up for adoption just waiting for a home be rescued too!
“What do dogs do on their day off? Can’t lie around – that’s their job.” – George Carlin
There are 703 breeds of purebred dogs.
Vet Can be Scary
One bad experience at the vet and your dog may dread going forever. Make sure to bring lots of treats, and give them a lot of love too! By the next time you show up together, your dog will run in the door ready for her next checkup!
“I don’t understand people who don’t touch their pets. Their cat or dog is called a pet for a reason.” – Jarod Kintz
A dog’s mouth exerts 150-200 pounds of pressure per square inch. Some dog breeds can exert up to 450 pounds per square inch.
Perfect for a Picture
What has two thumbs and is the only thing cuter than a dog? A baby in jammies! Big dogs become ultra-gentle around babies, and once a baby is brought into the home. Don’t be surprised to find that your pooch is not leaving its side.
“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger A. Caras
A one-year-old dog is as mature, physically, as a 15-year old human.
Not a High Enough Fence!
If you’re getting a big dog, make tall fence! That’s not enough either, training your dog to have at least a two-foot boundary between them and the wall! Why do you ask? Dogs can dig pretty fast, and huge dogs have huge paws, so they’ll probably have to do less digging too! This photo is a perfect example of the wrong fence for a working breed German Shepherd!
“I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross, and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful, and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.” – Mark Haddon
The average city dog lives 3 years longer than a country dog.
“Knock Knock” “Woof Woof”!
Dogs Have their first adult bark between 6 – 12 months of age. It’s vital to train your dog to not bark from the very first time they do! If barking goes ignored, then you may find yourself waking up in the middle of the night allot!
“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically, dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
87% of dog owners say their dog curls up beside them or at their feet while they watch TV
No Crate no Problem!
Okay, so not every dog owner agrees with the crate theory. And again, your dog can go without one, but he may make his own space, and it may belong to the cat. Some dogs take big piles of clothing from their owners while they are away and make a nice pile of smelly clothes to lay in! It an excellent way to say “I miss you.”
“They [dogs] never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” – Jerome K. Jerome
Dogs can be trained to detect epileptic seizures.
Get in the Car!
Getting your family into the car is no easy accomplishment. The kids, and the spouse can take forever just to go down the stairs! But trust that a canine will jump right in with speed and joy nine times out of ten!
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” – Josh Billings
An African wolf dog known as the Basenji is the only dog in the world that cannot bark.
If you’re like me, you have a child that never lets you cook in peace, running around in between your legs going nuts, when all you want to do is feed her dinner and get her to bed. Get that kid a big dog, and it will act as a live barrier between you and the toddler!
“Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat-loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.” – Jon Katz
“Gidget” is the name of the Taco Bell dog.
What in the?
Yea we have no clue what this animal is either! It’s either a dog or a horse, or both? Maybe a goat met a horse, and they became best friends. Meanwhile, a dog and a zebra met and became best friends, then their kids met and became best friends too! That’s the going theory for this picture. What do you think?
“No matter how you’re feeling, a little dog gonna love you.” – Waka Flocka Flame
Newfoundlands are great swimmers because of their webbed feet.
Cats are cold-blooded savages! And this little kitty must have the heart of steel because she does not seem to mind the tiger sized Great Dane standing right next to her! The difference between the two. A cat’s love you have to earn, while a dog’s love comes with the never-ending batteries!
“There’s a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.” – Dick Dale
Basset Hounds cannot swim.
Fun in the Sun
These two wild animals seem to be enjoying some good old fun in the sun together! This is a great picture too. That can only mean one thing. Both the dog and the child had perfect humans training them! What an excellent experience to have at such a young age.
“When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you.” – Eckhart Tolle
Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on earth, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour.
Back Seat Funk
Taking a long ride with your dog can get smelly, the big pooch just breathing and drooling down your neck, maybe even some farts and burbs. Not to mention the claustrophobia. This family looks to have the perfect solution!
“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” – Samuel Butler
Bingo is the name of the dog on the side of the Cracker Jack box
Fun with Gramps
Senior citizens get very lonely, and dogs are a perfect solution to that loneliness. But maybe not a huge one is the answer. Luckily for this old man, his grandson came to visit and lend a helping hand! He even brought along a little kitten too. I wonder if they’ll get along? Let’s hope for the best!
“Actually, my dog I think is the only person who consistently loves me all the time.” – H. G. Bissinger
The Bible mentions dogs 14 times.
Okay, so there seems to be a trend here. There may be no cars big enough to for huge dogs; just have to make do with you have as they say! This may not be the safest solution, but the Dane seems to be having a great time!
“My main characters are the sunniest happy, optimistic, loving creatures on the face of the Earth. I couldn’t be happier that’s where I start. I can put as many flawed people in the dog’s world as I like, but the dog doesn’t care. A dog doesn’t judge, a dog doesn’t dislike. Dog loves. That’s not so bad.” – Bruce Cameron
Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic – a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese
We Like It Here
Are you in your pajamas? Is the house a bit messy? Maybe some things are piled up on the sofa. Well, that’s precisely how dogs like it! There is nothing more depressing to a K-9 than a clean home, so keep it messy to ensure a happy dog forever.
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” – John Grogan
The Labrador Retriever is the #1 favorite breed in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Getting’ Yo Hair Did
I don’t know what these groomers do, but I have never seen one dog being bad at the groomers ever. It’s worth to note that K-9’s mostly do not enjoy getting a haircut, but some breeds need them to stay healthy. The reason they don’t like it is that their coat is a protective layer, and when we cut their hair, they seem to feel more vulnerable. Let’s hope this guy just got a trim.
“There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog” – Konrad Lorenz
Obesity is the #1 health problem among dogs.
Not Every Dog is Meant for Snuggles
Great Danes are very massive breeds. So, try not to train it to sleep in bed with you when it’s a puppy. Or else you may end up like this guy! He doesn’t seem to be bothered!
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain
An estimated 1,000,000 dogs in the U.S. have been named as the primary beneficiaries in their owner’s will.
There is a snuggle position call “momma bear,” but I think these two are doing it wrong. It should be the dog holding the human if we are being real here.
“A dog will make eye contact. A cat will, too, but a cat’s eyes don’t even look entirely warm-blooded to me, whereas a dog’s eyes look human except less guarded. A dog will look at you as if to say, ‘What do you want me to do for you? I’ll do anything for you.’ Whether a dog can in fact, do anything for you if you don’t have sheep [I never have] is another matter. The dog is willing.” – Roy Blount Jr.
An American Animal Hospital Association. A poll found that 33% of dog owners admit to talking to their dogs on the phone and leaving answering machine messages for them while away.
Military recruits, get themselves ready for basic training by putting lots of rocks in a bag and running long distances with their rock-filled suitcase so they can learn to run with more than their body weight. This guy seems to use his dog!
“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” – Roger A. Caras
What You Just Call Me?
Dogs tend to get very confused when you speak long sentences to them. Their ears will start to perk, and their heads will turn sideways. Speak short sentences to your puppy so he/she can understand you!
“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman
A dog’s nose prints are as unique as a human’s fingerprints and can be used to identify them accurately.
Mopping the Grass
It looks like this guy has magic powers. He apparently was able to turn an old mop into a dog and is now taking it for a walk around the Highlands. Just kidding! That breed is called a Komondor, and they are the perfect practical joke if you can teach them to play dead that is!
“The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.” – Patrick Demarchelier
At the end of the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life”, a high-pitched dog whistle was recorded by Paul McCartney for his sheepdog.
Waking up next to your spouse after many years of a union may not be so exciting. But waking up next to your dog in the morning is the perfect coffee substitute if you ask me. This Irish Wolfhound seems to be doing a great job at the morning snuggle.
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain
70% of people sign their pet’s name on greeting and holiday cards.
I’ll Protect You!
There must be a lot going on out there because this Great Dane is not leaving his mommas side! I don’t think any person in his right mind would try to hurt her with that Dane standing guard. The problem is he looks too heavy to push off of you!
“The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.” – Michel Houellebecq
58% of people put pets in family and holiday portraits.
This Malamute has grown in size since this picture was taken. Just another breed that reaches that 70 Kilo mark; makes you wonder if this guy had to go to the gym just to keep being able to do this?
“You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” – Jill Abramson
There are only 350 Cisky Terriers in the world – perhaps the rarest breed.
Please, Can We Watch Something Else….
It looks like daddy fell asleep watching the golf channel again. Maybe his Dane is waiting idly for the next bird to pop up on the screen! Poor guy just wants to change the channel!
“My favorite type of pet has always been a dog. They’re loyal, kind, and offer endless affection. My friend Eric says, ‘The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.’ Funny thought.” – Brendon Urie
The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in 17th century England when it is believed that many cats and dogs drowned during heavy periods of rain.
I Need a Better View!
Some huge dog breeds can get really tall, and their noses and ears can see from miles away. This big girl thinks she can get a better view from the bench beside her human. She’s looking for other predators, food, and friends! Let’s hope she finds the last two. And maybe try to get an angle with the owners face in it too!
“You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be.” – Captain Beefheart
Dogs have no sense of “time”.
When buying a crate for your K-9, make sure you ask the vet what his/her adult size will be before you do. It seems that this American Boxer outgrew hers. That must have been a pickle to get out of. But for the time being, she looks cozy in there.
“The dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.” – Robert Falcon Scott
Humans have kept dogs as pets for over 12,000 years.
Either these two are really good at sharing, or had a big fight over the big spot, and the little dog won. If I had to bet on one, I would choose the ladder. Both seem very content and happy, and that’s all that’s important at the end of the day!
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner
The largest breed of dog is the Irish Wolfhound.
We Had To!
This breed is so friggin cute we just had to give you one last look at one. The only Question that comes to mind when seeing this dog is, what is that and where can I get one!
“When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude.” – Bruce Cameron
The oldest known dog breed is most likely the Saluki – originally trained by Egyptians to help them track game.
Make Way for the Queen!
This cute, elegant nosed dog is an Afghan Hound. The thick and silky coat may look gorgeous, but it’s not just for beauty, it was so the ancient breed can protect itself from the harsh weather of the Afghan mountains. These hounds are not for the average dog owner and require precise training both on and off leash. They were initially a hunting dog, and if they are not trained to stay close, they can chase for miles.
“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” —Woodrow Wilson (28th President of the United States)
This sweet looking little pilot is the legendary Akita breed. The Akita’s original origin is as a Japanese herding and hunting companion. Akita’s are muscular, with a double coat. They are very loyal to their family and have a courageous, protective instinct. Akitas don’t have much of a dog odor, but they have a time once a year where their coat “blows,” meaning they shed profusely and in clumps even, so brush weekly.
“My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That’s almost $21.00 in dog money.” —Joe Weinstein (comedian)
This Alaskan Malamute is looking very happy to enjoy a little tummy rub! This breed is a heavy duty, winter-ready working dog. Despite their strength, they are very, loving, gentle and, affectionate as seen in this picture. If you’re thinking about getting one, make sure you either have a huge yard for them to run in or enough time for daily long walks! Make sure to groom at least three times a week.
“Let sleeping dogs lie.” —Robert Walpole (first Prime Minister of Great Britain)
Get Away from My Hole!
This big black nose and cute long ears belong to the Anatolian Shepherd breed. The Anatolian Shepherd is an ancient breed that is often protective and territorial, but also intelligent and patient enough to be a good student, and enjoy discipline training. The Anatolian was bred to be a working guard dog that keeps the heard safe from predators.
“A dog will teach you, unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.” —Robert Wagner (actor, The Longest Day
“It’s a Deer, it’s a Bird, it’s a Dog?
This majestic running creature you see in front of you is the Azawakh breed. The Azawakh is just as elegant as they are tall. This breed is also very veteran in the dog world and comes from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. These dogs come in coats of all colors and patterns, and any puppy can pack surprises. The Azawakh is a great companion, guardian, and are lovely with children.
“Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul, chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth!” —Anne Tyler (author, The Accidental Tourist)
Kiss That Face for Hours!
This sweet little beast comes from the breed called Beauceron. The Beauceron is Gentle, Faithful, and very Obedient; the perfect family dog! The best way to describe the breed is as having a Border Collie’s brain but in a 100-pound body. This big boy needs to be well trained and socialized with other dogs by an experienced dog owner. The Beauceron constantly shed so be sure to brush daily! These little beasts are very sensitive, so make sure to train with love and not tough love.
“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out, and your dog would go in.” —Mark Twain (author,) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Loving the Snow!
The Belgian Laekenois pronounced, “Lak-in-wah” is one out of four native dogs originating from Belgium. Their coat varies from region to region in length and color. The Belgian Laekenois was bred for many different roles including herding and tending to flock. Another interesting fact is their ability to guard linen drying in the fields. During WW1 and WW2, they were called to duty for their speed and loyalty to work as messenger dogs.
“If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” —Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the United States)
“Ready to Play!”
The Belgian Malinois is a classic working dog that is well known around the globe. They are extremely driven and love to listen and accomplish any goal set in front of them. They are used in all kinds of service roles such as, police sniffing, and attack dogs, search and rescue, and their most important job; being your best friend! Much like many other shepherd mixes, the Malinois are very sensitive and need excellent training. Also, much like other European shepherds, they shed constantly and need to be brushed.
“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.” —James Thurber (author, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.)
Can’t be Happier
The Belgian Sheepdog is a proper gentleman who are watchful, serious, and very bright. They have smoothly coated noses, and big fluffy fur all around. The Sheepdog loves to herd anything you’ll tell it to, and loves to learn, obey, and please its pack. Make sure you have just as much drive as these guys because they will wake up ready to work, and don’t like to be left alone without using up their energy. Oh yea, and have a brush at hand too!
“Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” —Elizabeth Taylor (actress, Cleopatra (1963)
The Best Friend
Most dog breeds know to be very gentle with children, and the Belgian Tervuren is no exception! Studies show that dogs can be great therapy for any child who is not allergic. A dog is there to listen no matter what, loves to play, and in the case of breeds like this one, they can even sense your child’s emotion and act in accordance to try to change that. The Belgian Tervuren is very sensitive and gentle and knows how to help, so if you’re thinking of a fun-loving family dog, we invite you to get one!
“Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.” —Quentin Tarantino (director and screenwriter, Pulp Fiction
Catch me if you Can!
This scruffy little canine is called the Berger Picard. The Picard originated in France and was bred to herd and protect livestock. Their name comes from the region they come from in the country called “Picardy.” The breed was almost instinct during the Battle of the Somme in WW1, but have made a big comeback since then and are loved by any owner who comes across them and are known to be Loyal, Good-Natured, and Observant.
“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” —Robert Louis Stevenson (author, Treasure Island)
“No, I’m Not Cold”
The Bernese Mountain dog is a perfect family breed. They have a good natural nature, are very calm, and have a powerful body. Despite being built for hard work, the mountain dog is not the type of dog to beg for a walk. This breed bides their time and waits for orders. The Bernese Mountain Dog was bred by the Swiss to protect the most important export of the nation, milk farms that provide dairy and chocolate.
“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically, dogs think humans are nuts.” —John Steinbeck (author, The Grapes of Wrath)
Black and Tan Coonhound is a breed from the “Hound Group” and is known to be very easy-going at home, and bright and brave outdoors. The Coonhound is in all sense a braver version of the Blood Hound that was breed in early America to hunt Racoons at night. Coon Hounds should be brushed twice a week, as it helps them produce a good healthy coat. Coonhounds are very friendly and need to be trained the right way because once they learn something, that’s the way they will do it for the rest of their life.
“If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman’s pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog.” —George Bernard Shaw (playwright)
The Best Present A Child Can Get!
If your child asks for a big stuffed animal for their birthday and there is enough time in the yard, then forget the stuffed animal and get them a Black Russian Terrier! The Terrier was breed by the Soviet Union with the purpose of being a super dog for the Russian Army so they can tirelessly patrol the vast Russian border. The BRT is a constant shedder so brush daily unless they will develop mats. The BRT loves their pack and will let you hug them however you want. They are extremely easy to train, but a bit wary of outsiders so socialize early.
“Happiness is a warm puppy.” —Charles M. Schulz (cartoonist, Peanuts)
“One is Not Amused”
The Blood Hound was bred to do one thing better than any other creature on earth. What is that you ask? To find humans that are either hiding or lost. They have big long ears and drooping lips that scoop up the earth into their nose and will follow the scent and almost always find it if guided correctly. Make sure never to let go of the leash because the Blood Hound will not give up until it reaches the end of the scent it looking for! The Blood Hound Is a very well-tempered dog that needs good training on the leash. They are great with children and require long exercise.
“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.” —Rita Rudner (comedienne)
Big Baby, Little Baby!
The Boxer ranks as the tenth most popular dog in the world by the American Kennel Club. One of the smaller “Huge Dogs” on the list, a male Boxer can reach a max 80 pounds but packs the strength of a full-grown Floyd Mayweather! Most Boxers are very outgoing and good-tempered, but if correct training is not applied to them, they can turn very dominant and become aggressive. The modern Boxer can be traced to the Germany of the late 1800s, but their ancestors the “War Dogs” of the Assyrian empire go back as far as 2,500 years!
“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” —Andy Rooney (contributor, 60 Minutes)
The Bracco Italiano may look like a Hound, but they are actually the oldest breed of the pointer in existence! The Bracco Italiano is affectionate, intelligent, and very enthusiastic! These long-eared dogs do require some daily cleaning behind the ears, but their short coat is naturally well kept, and only need occasional grooming.
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.” —Will Rogers (actor, Connecticut Yankee [VHS]
This cheerful face belongs to no other than the friendly, watchful, and loving Broholmer breed. The Broholmer breed hails from the nation of Denmark. Prepare to groom daily and enjoy the bonding experience it brings with it. This breed is known to be very calm and well mannered, so need not to worry about your dog at home after a short morning walk. This breed has been around since the middle ages almost vanished after WW2, but in around 1975 The Danish Kennel Club began a project to revive the breed and repurpose it around the world.
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” —Gilda Radner (comedienne)
Big and Gentle
The Bullmastiff is a massive breed as an adult male can weigh anywhere between 110-130 pounds, but have a short life expectancy of 7-9 years. The Bullmastiff is very a very focused, and a fearless working dog that knows to turn off the drive at home and bring on the charm! This breed needs many exercises and will likely let you know if it’s not getting enough outside time by tearing up your home! They were bred to guard and are known as “The Gamekeeper’s Night Dog.”
“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.” —Phil Pastoret (author, Our Boarding House)
“Do I look Scary?”
Cane Corso’s have a weight that is proportional to their height, and although they look scary, they are actually very affectionate, intelligent, and majestic! The Cane Corso can be traced as a noble dog from ancient Rome. Their name translates from Latin as the “Bodyguard Dog.” This breed is very trainable, but not well tempered by extinct, meaning it should be socialized at a very early age, and it will be just as friendly to any other dog!
“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” —Christopher Morley (author, Kitty Foyle)
Leopard Looking Thing
The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a mix of a chihuahua, a hyaena, and a Leopard. Just kidding! The Loyal, Independent, and watchful Catahoula. When Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed in Florida in 1539, he noted that there was one sole dog breed in the Americas that he could find and it “Looked like a wolf, and barked like a dog.” These dogs were then crossbred with Bloodhounds, mastiffs, and greyhounds resulting in the very mixed breed you see here.
“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” —Marilyn Monroe (actress, Some Like It Hot)
The Caucasian shepherd is one of the most misunderstood dogs in the world. Unfortunately, most people who seek out the breed want it for purposes it was not exactly meant for such as gatekeeping or being a status symbol for the wealthy. They are one of the biggest breeds in the world weighing almost 200 pounds in some instances! These big guys would make mile long perimeters around the herds of the Caucasian mountains to protect the flock, and face big predators. If you’re thinking of getting one, make sure you’re ready to train it rigorously from a young age and socialize it with everything you can! They were not meant to be aggressive on leash, and it is irresponsible to get them for that purpose.
“Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.” —Cesar Millan (dog trainer)
No That’s Not a Polar Bear
This polar bear looking thing is actually a Central Asian Shepherd Dog, and just like the polar bear, they are Independent, courageous, and self-confident! The CASD is actually the oldest known dog in history before the wolf and is traced all the way back to scriptures form 5,000 years ago from the ancient Silk Road. These dogs are very well tempered and independent, are very fun to train, and quiet in the house.
“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog when you are just as hungry as the dog.” —Jack London (author, The Call of the Wild (Global Classics)
Friendship in All Sizes
The Curly Coated Retriever is a great breed for anyone looking for an easy-going big dog, that is fun to play with. They are descendants of the now extinct English Water Spaniel, and the Retrieving Setter breed. They love to exercise and relax nicely at home. These guys lose interest fast, so train wisely!
“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” —Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the United States)
The Estrela Mountain Dog is Alert, Intelligent, and brave! They are big tall creatures that weight up to 132 pounds. They are not only a formidable livestock guardian, but also known for their love of children, and family. Make sure to socialize adequately when they are young; they can produce a dominant instinct that leads to aggression. They shed seasonally and should be groomed weekly. After a nice long walk, they become very calm at home.
“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” —Ann Landers (a.k.a. Eppie Lederer; famous advice columnist)
“I’m Soooo Happpyyyy!
The German Longhaired Pointer is versatile, calm, and happily family-oriented! Make sure to groom their ears as they are easily matted and can be prone to infections. The last thing this breed is, is a couch potato, and to be calm at home, they need some good outdoor time. This breed is exceptionally eager to please and is friendly by instinct to anyone or thing that is friendly to it.
“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” —Dean Koontz (author, Whispers)
The Sheep Herding Sheep
The Great Pyrenees are a great breed for any family unit. They are patient, calm, and brilliant! They were breed to deter sheep-stealing wolves from getting close to the flock, as well as protect from other predators in snow mountains. These very fast guardians exhibit a Zen-like calmness and are great therapy dogs for children with different mental disabilities. The Pyrenees needs long daily exercise and weekly brushing to retain a healthy body, mind, spirit, and coat!
“When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’, the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.’” —Rudyard Kipling (author, The Jungle Book)
Silly Stick Fun!
The Hovawart is an old German working breed whose modern breed dates back to 1922. These medium-sized huge dogs are faithful, playful, alert, stubborn, and intelligent all in one package! In North America the Hovawart function as very functional and useful search and rescue dogs! As you can see in this picture, they do require the right amount of exercise and are not that easy to train for a new dog owner.
“A dog can’t think that much about what he’s doing, he just does what feels right.” ―Barbara Kingsolver (author, Animal Dreams: A Novel)
No this is not a walking talking mop, this is the very special, very unique Hungarian bred Komondor. The Komondor may look like a silly dog, but they are actually very dignified, loyal, and brave! If you are thinking about getting one, make sure you have some experience first, as they need to be trained very specifically. Their dreadlocks were bred in to prevent predators from getting into their skin if getting attacked while protecting the flock. They also provide protection from the extreme Hungarian winters.
“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.” —Franklin P. Jones (humorist and PR executive)
“Just Me and My Ducky!”
The Kuvasz may exhibit a classic babyface we all love, but they are very heavy and can reach 100 to 115 pounds. They are one out of only three Hungarian guardian breeds and known to be companions of kings. They don’t shed too often so don’t be scared to brush just once a week. Kuvasz’s are susceptible dogs and do not respond well to aggressive training. Be gentle be loving, and act with compassion, and that’s precisely what you will get back.
“There are times when even the best manager is like the little boy with the big dog — waiting to see where the dog wants to go so, he can take him there.” —Lee Iacocca (former president and CEO of Chrysler)
The Leonberger is very friendly, gentle, and playful. They have majestic, beautiful coats and a solid sense of surrounding! They are very heavy with males weighing up to 170 pounds. Like many other German breeds, they shed daily and need to be brushed daily. The Leonberger requires regular long exercise, and if you’re letting them out in the yard, make sure you have a tall fence! The Leonberger is eager to please and ready for duty, accompany that with being friendly and you get an easy to train dog!
“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” —Aldous Huxley (author, Brave New World)
Looks Sad? He’s Very Happy!
This funny floppy face belongs to the Loyal, Dignified, and watchful Neapolitan Mastiff! The Mastiff breed has been around since ancient times and has an intimidating appearance that makes any bad guy want to turn around and walk away! The Neapolitan Mastiff can be wary of strangers but is very trusting and gentle with family. They require daily exercise and are both aloof, and very stubborn so training is not for the faint of heart and impatient.
“When an eighty-five-pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.” ―Kristan Higgins (author, In Your Dreams)
The Newfoundland breed can reach up to 150 pounds for males, and 120 for females. They come from the working group and are known to be great companions and very well tempered. A reputation that earned the nickname “nanny dog,” for their patience with kids.
“Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.” —Sigmund Freud (psychoanalyst)
“I Don’t Know Where Your iPhone Is”
This funny looking picture is of a dog breed that has a terrifying reputation in history: The Mastiff. Despite their ancient Roman reputation, Mastiffs have grown to be a very good-natured breed, and exhibit a lot of courage, and dignity. Males are massive and can sometimes weigh up to 230 pounds! Despite their huge size, the mastiff foes not need too much exercise and enjoys a good free play session once a day. When Mastiffs get too hot, they will literally stop moving and plop down, so make sure not to take them farther than you can carry them!
“Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?” —Jonathan Safran Foer (author, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)
Ready to Party!
The reason these dogs are able to take a picture with glasses on without shaking them off immediately is that they are loyal, hardworking, and even-tempered Pointer breeds! The Pointer is a great companion, and many live a very long life of even up to 17 years! Pointers are very energetic and enjoy a nice long walk in the park. They also love to play with other dogs and are happy to make new friends. Pointers are alert and agreeable, making them a trainable and pleasant first dog.
“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” —Johnny Depp (actor, Pirates of the Caribbean)
“That’s the Spot!”
Bred in medieval England, the Otterhound was meant to assist hunters in the now out-lawed hobby of Otter hunting. They are, big, boisterous, and extremely affectionate with their pack! An adult can reach up to 115 pounds, and will be even-tempered, amiable, and will enjoy every waking moment with the family. Because they are Hounds at the end of the day, the Otter breed is a bit hard to train, and does not always heed to your call when chasing a scent.
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” —Charles de Gaulle (former President of the French Republic)
The tiger-striped confident, calm, and strong-willed Perro Presa Canario’s are very loving to family, and loyal to their owner. They require early socialization, and they are very wary of strangers and known to attack or at least threaten with their low bark. Their traditional use as working dogs was to herd cattle and guard them as well. They are calm at home after a medium amount of exercise. They love to play with tennis balls, and frisbees’ so make sure to bring games to the park.
“Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.” —Agatha Christie (author, Death on the Nile)
Hunting for Fun
The Scottish Deerhound is known as the “Royal Dog of Scotland,” and comes from the Greyhound template. They are a very tall breed that was bred to stalk giant red deer in the wild. With their family, the Deerhound is gentle and polite. While in public they are dignified and alert. Deerhounds do not like growing up alone, and its best to get another puppy for them to share their life with as well as a human. Train responsibly, and brush seasonally.
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” —Roger Caras (photographer and writer)
More a Lion Than a Dog
Like the Caucasian Shepherd, the Tibetan Mastiff exists to keep the far perimeter of the Tibetan highlands safe from predators, and have enjoyed lonesome walks in nature for generations. So, you need to train them with confidence and assertiveness, or they will retain power over you, and be hard to submit. Tibetan Mastiffs are devoted to their family and are a bit territorial with strangers. If they were bred to fight beasts, but there are no beasts in town, then train them to love. They shed constantly, and their coat can mat so make sure to brush daily!
“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” —Robert Benchley (humorist and actor, Broadway Melody of 1938)
We will finish off this list with another fun picture of the beloved Great Dane. The Dane is a friendly, patient, and dependable working group breed that as you can see from this picture, loves to give a kiss or two. Danes were first bred in Germany by nobles to assist on hunts for ferocious wild boars. Now not so much! Today Danes are known to be fun family dogs, that love to play and know to be gentle!
“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’” —Dave Barry (author, Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway: A Vicious and Unprovoked Attack on Our Most Cherished Political Institutions)