If you love dogs, then size should be no problem for you. Whether it’s a little Chihuahua or a huge Great Dane- nothing really matches the love and affection you’re showered upon from them. Besides, cuddling with your furry friend induces a lot of feel-good hormones. Now imagine if the dog is from a big breed- doesn’t that imply you get love in big packages? While there’s no standard size to gauge what you would consider as moderately sized and those that are giant breeds, you can always take a look at the following breeds that are recognized throughout the world for their huge sizes. Take a look and maybe you can even take a pick from the lot!
Your pet will take your entire sofa to himself and you’ve no other choice but to allow it! Don’t let their size fool you. Patient, kind and easy-going, this breed that weighs close to 140 to 175 pounds sprawls out over “ginormous portions”. The weight is basically not merely for their length, but height too. As one of the biggest among dogs, they’re close to 30 inches or more. No wonder they’re referred to as ‘Apollo of Dogs’, as per AKC. Blessed with big hearts and equally great appetites, Great Danes run the risk of contracting certain heart conditions. So be careful with their diets and stay away from feeding them few foods.
Coming from the same province in Canada, Newfoundland as a dog breed stands out for its sweet disposition. Neither dull nor ill-tempered, they’re often dubbed ‘nanny dog’ or ‘Newfie’. One look at it and you might think of it as a different breed of beer in the backyard, but keep that voluminous hair aside and you’ll find hugs galore! Big-boned canines, the dogs weigh close to 130-150 pounds. Much like the former, even their loving hearts match their sizes and you’ll be left amazed at what a spectacular breed it is after you own. In fact, they’re so patient and fond of children that they’ve often got the prize for being true babysitters!
Although there are sub-categories, Mastiffs are huge in size for almost any type. Fiercely protective of their human friends, the big dogs pour all their affection and loyalty for them. Females are comparatively lighter, but in general, they weigh 160 to 230 pounds and stand tall at 30 inches. Any ‘intruder’ spotted in close vicinity to homes and surroundings- their thunderous barks can drive anyone away. Strange as it may sound, but American Kennel Club has stated that mastiffs score brownie points for detecting human body language, expression and are overtly communicative through their soulful eyes. Awwww! Ensure you feed your dog with a lot of kibbles.
It’s not difficult spotting a St. Bernard on snowy lands. Try and picture the popular folklore images of the dog wearing the brandy cask around its neck and rescuing all such stranded travelers on the mountainside. If you’ve seen the Beethoven movies, then this visual delight should help you know-how at 30 inches of height and 140-180 pounds of weight, these dogs are soft in nature and truly unforgettable. Also, the pups grow real quick. As a quick trivia- if you haven’t seen the movie Beethoven’s 2nd, it’s time you do. Animal Planet reports that almost 100 St. Bernard puppies were used for filming the scenes since they grew up so fast within the time period!
Best known as ‘farmer’s dog’, they’re indispensable when it comes to rendering optimum protection for the farmlands and the farmer’s families. At 150 to 200 pounds, they’re truly huge and can intimidate anyone. Dating back to the 1600s, Boerboels have a fascinating attachment to families. Also, they have a soft corner for children. They love staying within their territories and do all they can to safeguard the families. Just ensure you don’t take your pet to dog parks, since they don’t have much patience and can challenge any other dog. In case you’re a little skeptical about what and how your dog is feeling, take a look at his tail.
Dogs convey a lot through their eyes and body movements too. You just need to be a tad sensitive and alert and you can certainly decipher these ‘messages’.