8 Large Dog Breeds Which Make Great Pets


Pound per pound, the mastiff is one of the largest dog breeds you'll encounter. They are massive, mellow, and fiercely protective, with a thunderous bark to announce intruders.

Saint Bernard

Known for their loyalty and love, Saint Bernards are famous for the folkloric image of rescuing stranded travelers in the Swiss Alps. These playful giants grow rapidly and have a history of helping monks


The "farmer's dog," Boerboels are calm, territorial, and protective, with a history dating back to the 1600s. They love being close to their humans and have a soft spot for children, though they can be wary of other dogs.


The gentle "Newfie" is known as a child's nanny, with a sweet temperament and protective nature. Excellent swimmers with water-resistant coats, these dogs are patient and fond of children.


Bred as companions for European royalty, Leonbergers are massive and majestic, resembling lions. They are skillful swimmers with luxurious fur that requires daily brushing and regular nail clipping.

Anatolian Shepherd

Anatolian Shepherds are highly observant livestock defenders and family protectors, even defending cats. They are used to protect ranch animals from wolves, preserving endangered wolf populations.

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

The "Swissie" is a faithful, big-hearted dog known for its clingy nature, stemming from its history of working alongside owners. They are strong, loving family dogs, often pulling kids on carts or sleds.

Irish Wolfhound

Known for their rapid growth, Irish Wolfhounds are calm, gentle, and affectionate. These hounds need daily exercise and a peaceful environment, making them ideal companions for devoted owners.