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15 biggest dog breeds 2022


They say bigger isn’t always better, but in the case of these large dog breeds, we disagree. From fluffy Newfoundlands to sleek Great Danes, these gentle giants make wonderful pets, and despite their large size, not all breeds need a lot of room to run (Mastiffsfor example, have fairly low exercise requirements and are happy to relax at home for most of the day).

Before adopting a giant breed of dog, the American Kennel Club suggests new owners consider the training time that is essential for having a well-behaved pet, as it is essential for large dog breeds that will weigh as much as an adult human. It is also important to keep in mind that larger dogs often cost more to maintainso be sure to budget for extra food, bigger beds, and nutritional supplements, which help keep larger dogs’ joints healthy (they carry a lot of weight, after all).

Once you’ve decided on the right large dog breed for you, you’ll want to choose the perfect name for your new family member. You can also check out dog subscription boxes for treats for your pooch and, for yourself, browse fun gifts for dog lovers. Read on to see which big dog is right for you, with information from the American Kennel Club.

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bernese mountain dog

bernese mountain dog are affectionate and good natured, making them especially ideal for families with young children. They were originally bred to work on farms in Switzerlandmeaning they do very well in cold climates.

Height: 23-27.5 inches
Weight: 70-115 pounds
Life expectancy: 7-10 years old


Great Dane

Regal, reliable and friendly, those gentle giants are taller than most adults when standing on their hind legs and can reach 32 inches at the shoulder on all fours. Their coat comes in a variety of hues, including the black and white “harlequin” patchwork pattern.

Height: 28-32 inches
110-175 pounds
Life expectancy:
7-10 years old



Mastiffs may seem imposing (males often weigh more than a full grown man and stand at least 30 inches at the shoulder), but they are docile and generous dogs at heart. They can even be a bit shy, so early socialization is especially important.

Height: 27.5 inches and more
120-230 pounds
Life expectancy:
6-10 years old



Newfoundland are dedicated, gentle and patient. According to the American Kennel Club, the breed originated in Canada where they were working dogs aboard fishing boats, specializing in water rescues (so they’re brave too!). They are easy to train and easy to love.

Height: 26-28 inches
100-150 pounds
Life expectancy:
9-10 years old


Golden retriever

golden retrievers are loyal and intelligent, and are especially great choices for active owners as they require lots of daily exercise. They are also extroverts, known to be very gentle with children and other dogs.

Height: 21.5-24 inches
55-75 pounds
Life expectancy:
10-12 years old



Leonbergersnamed after the town in Germany where they were first bred, were originally intended as pets for members of royal families (King Umberto I of Italy, Tsar Alexander II of Russia and the Prince of Wales of England all possessed “Leos”). Their stately appearance, playful and calm nature, and friendly demeanor also make them excellent companions for non-royal owners.

Height: 25.5-31.5 inches
90-170 pounds
Life expectancy:
7 years


Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, aka “Swissies”, are sociable and gentle, and also make excellent watchdogs. Originally bred in the Swiss Alps, they are hardy and athletic, perfect companions for hiking and camping trips.

Height: 23.7-28.5 inches
85-140 pounds
Life expectancy:
8-11 years old


Labrador Retrievers

Labradors are about as loyal and loving as they come, which is why they top the list of most popular dog breeds in the United States Their coat comes in three colors – black, chocolate and tan – and they are ideal for people who like to be active outdoors as Labs require a lot of exercise.

Height: 21.5-24.5
55-80 pounds
Life expectancy:
10-12 years old


Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard have big hearts to match their large bodies – they are playful, eager to please and especially good with children. Although they can grow up to 30 inches, they don’t require much exercise. Saint Bernards are social and happiest when they are with their family.

Height: 26-30 inches
: 120-180 pounds
Life expectancy:
8-10 years old


Giant Schnauzer

These beautiful dogs are known for their loyalty, affection for their families, and being easy to train. Owners should be sure to schedule weekly brushings of their dense coat, which comes in black or salt and pepper.

Height: 23.5-27.5 inches
Weight: 55-85 pounds
Life expectancy: 12-15 years old


Irish Setter

Outgoing and eager to please, Irish Setters make excellent family dogs. They are easy to train, just know that they are particularly active dogs that need regular exercise.

Height: 25-27 inches
Weight: 60-70 pounds
Life expectancy: 12-15 years old


German shepherd

german shepherds are beautiful, athletic and smart as a whip. First bred as a sheepdog in Germany, today he is one of the most popular dog breeds in the USA

Height: 22-26 inches
Weight: 50-90 pounds
Life expectancy: 7-10 years old


old english sheepdog

You might recognize the old english sheepdog from The little Mermaid (Prince Eric had one as a pet) and just like in the movie, these dogs are playful, intelligent and loyal. They are also social and are happiest with their family. Be prepared for some extra grooming time to take care of their super shaggy coat.

Height: 21 inches and over
60-100 pounds
Life expectancy:
10-12 years old


Great Pyrenees

Originally from the Pyrenees as a guard dog for livestock, Great Pyrenees are particularly calm and dignified dogs, and can even be a bit shy around strangers. Their thick white coat is actually quite low maintenance as it resists dirt and tangles, and they will stay happy and healthy with moderate exercise.

Height: 25-32 inches
85 pounds or more
Life expectancy:
10-12 years old


Rhodesian Ridgeback

Regal and wise, Rhodesian Ridgeback are also very affectionate, so they need to spend a lot of time with their owners. They do well with other animals and their short, shiny coat requires little grooming.

Height: 24-27 inches
70-85 pounds
Life expectancy:
12-15 years old

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