Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Five gigantic dog breeds

Many large dogs are very gentle and friendly. Sure, they require lots of space and eat massive amounts of food, but they also give a lot of love. And the food problem can be dealt with by entering the PlexiDor 2014 dog food contest - 1,000 lbs of food should last for a while even for the biggest of dogs. If you want a dog door for your very large friend, we can settle that too - the extra large PlexiDor dog door is constructed to keep up with dogs up to 220 lbs, and can take the impact of a big and powerful doggie running through at full speed.

Here is a list of five of the world's largest dog breeds.

The Great Dane

Most people have heard of the Great Dane, and they are easy to recognize. The world's tallest dog is currently a Great Dane, and besides being big, the dogs are known to be friendly, strong, and elegant. They get along well with other types of pets, people, and other dogs.

The Great Dane has roots in ancient history. The earliest known drawings that resemble the breed have been dated to around 3,000 BC, and the oldest written mention to 1,121 BC.

The Irish Wolfhound

These friendly giants would hold the title of world's tallest dog if one took the average of the breeds - often around 35 inches. When standing on the back legs, many Irish Wolfhounds reach 7 feet!

This breed is known to be patient, intelligent, and reliable. They love people in general, and do well with children. Many Irish Wolfhounds thrive in the city, but they need a lot of exercise.

The English Mastiff

This is the heaviest breed on the planet, and the dogs can weigh up to 250 lbs. The English Mastiff is considered England's oldest breed.

English Mastiffs are known for being on the lazy side and need to be activated to make sure they get the exercise they need to stay healthy. They're devoted to their family, good with children, and accept other dogs.

The Scottish Deerhound

These dogs look like a rough-coated greyhound, and are about the friendliest thing you can find on four legs. They are gentle, loving, and eager to please.

It's important to know that a Scottish Deerhound requires lots of exercise and gets bored easily - if they have too little to do they might take upon themselves to reorganize the home or redesign furniture. These projects aren't always to humans' liking... The problem can be alleviated by keeping two. They love to have company of another Deerhound.

The Leonberger

The Leonberger gets its name from the coat resembling a lion's mane. These are the coolest dogs you can imagine and little fazes them. Young Leonbergers can be very energetic and don't settle down until around the age of three.

They're surprisingly agile for their size, and require lots of exercise to stay happy and healthy.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. Love me an English Mastiff! xoxo

    1. Oh yes, that's a big bundle of love! I've always wanted an Irish Wolfhound, but I'd need a bigger house... =)

  2. Oh I have a little dog but I do love me some giant pooch loving! I couldn't have a giant breed though. It wouldn't be practical for my house. Not to mention we've just installed a Pug sized doggy door!

    1. Pugs are awesome! Both cool and adorable! I too would love to have a really big dog, but I can't pull it off in my house.

  3. We love Leonbergers! Mom really wanted to get one, but they have such short lives, she decided against it. Great breed.

    1. When my first Border Collie was a puppy my cousin had a Leonberger, and the puppies would play together. At first they were about the same size and they looked like a black-and-white tornado running around a ball of fluff, but then the Leonberger had a growth spurt. LOL. The short life span is definitely a down side with all these big breeds. The heart break of losing a friend is so big I prefer to space it out as much as possible.

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