Largest Dog Breeds in the World

In the world that we live in, we often come across creatures or animals who show different traits. Some can scare you with their mere appearances, and some can make you wonder about the diversity of creatures on the planet with their size, versatility, and existence. But none can be termed as ‘a man’s best friend’ except dogs. Dogs are more like us than we can even imagine. A dog can read facial expressions, understand your emotions, play ball with you, and even watch TV with you. If you’re lucky, your dog will wake you up with a soft bump with its wriggling nose. Dogs come in multiple breeds, but there are very few we normally know. If you’re a pet lover, especially a dog lover, knowing about the giant dog breeds is the cherry on top.

Let’s look at the ten largest dog breeds in the world:


English Mastiff

Perhaps descending from the ancient Alaunt and Pugnaces Britanniae, English Mastiff is arguably one of world’s biggest dogs. Noted for its gentle and loving care, the dog breed is known to have a permanent black mask on its face.



Newfoundland is known as the working dog and is one of the biggest dog breeds in the world. Known for their giant size, tremendous strength, their calm dispositions, loyalty and intelligence they come in many uses, especially water rescues due to their innate swimming abilities.


Great Pyrenees

Standing as high as 32 inches at the shoulder and often reaching 100 pounds, the Great Pyrenees dog is not the biggest dog in the world. However, it is certainly considered to be one of them. They are calm, patient, strong-willed but affectionate in nature with a lifespan ranging from ten to twelve years.


Anatolian Shepard Dog

This breed of dogs is large, strong and extremely agile with a keen sense of vision and hearing which allows them to protect livestock. Their physical growth and dominance have established them as one of the world’s biggest dog. Their lifespan ranges from 13 to 15 years.



Derived from the city of Leonberg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Leonberger dogs are considered one of the biggest if not the biggest dog in the world. This particular breed of Mountain Dog is well built, having a double coated body, and projects kindness, intelligence, and pride distinctively.


Irish Wolfhound

Known as ‘the sighthound from Ireland’, an Irish Wolfhound can be a menacing sight due to its formidable size and is one of the biggest dog breeds in the world. History tells us that the name of this dog came from as early as 7000 BC, where these dogs were called war hounds.


Neapolitan Mastiff

Often used as a defender of family and guard of properties due to its fearsome appearance and protective instincts, Neapolitan Mastiff is known as one of the most ancient and largest dog breeds in the world. They are large and powerful, and their body is covered with thickly coated fur from black, blue to mahogany, having loose skin.


St. Bernard

Originating from Western Alps of Switzerland and Italy, St. Bernard breed of dogs are trusted rescue dogs and have become famous from the tales of alpine rescues. This enormous sized dog breed is considered as one of the largest dog breeds in the world.


Great Dane

The Great Dane or Deutsche Doggies is a German breed known for its great size and is known as one of the biggest dogs in the world in terms of height. Also known as a giant working breed, Great Dane’s lifespan ranges from 8-10 years.


French Mastiff

Known for their utmost loyalty, French Mastiff is known as one of the biggest dogs in the world in terms of sheer size. Let’s not take their drooling jowls and their wrinkles making them menacing for granted; these dogs are considered as very lovable and empathetic. They have crucial qualities of a powerful canine.