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Types of Big Dogs

Large dogs are needed mainly for the purpose of guarding. There are many other tasks performed by the different types of big dogs. Let us obtain information about the large dogs through this article.
DogAppy Staff
Big dogs are normally those which people use for the purpose of herding. However, there also are other categories used to classify/categorize the big dogs. Such hounds can look after goats, sheep and other livestock animals.

Intelligence and agility are the important qualities that big dogs possess. In cities, people prefer big dogs for the purpose of security of the house.
Different Types of Large Dogs
The dogs that are large are considered as good for guarding and which can be trained with ease. These dogs are either scenthounds or sighthounds. The former type can track objects individuals easily on the basis of scent.
Sighthounds on the other hand possess a sharp vision. Important types of big dogs are described in this article.
Mastiff Dog
This is one of big dogs that originated in England. Height of the male and female is approximately 30 inch. and 27 inch. respectively. The male Mastiff weighs between 150 - 250 lbs, while the female has a weight between 120 and 200 lbs. A large skull and loose skin are important characteristics of these dogs; it is basically a guarding dog. The Mastiff's lineage can be traced all the way back to 1800s. This dog was also used in wars. There are many different types of mastiffs and these are suited for different tasks like guarding, herding, rescuing, pulling, etc.
Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhound
This dog was traditionally used for wolf hunting and hence the name. The Irish Wolfhound is probably the biggest dogs with a height that ranges from 30 - 35 inches at the shoulders. The minimum weight of males and females is 120 lbs and 90 lbs respectively. This dog is placed in the category of sighthounds because, its ability to track an object by means of sight is stronger that of tracking scent. Along with sharp vision, this dog possess the following characteristics: muscular body, powerful legs and lean body.
Scottish Deerhound
Scottish Deerhound
This dog originated in Scotland and possesses a height that ranges from 30 - 32 inches (males). Females too have a minimum height of 28 inch. These dogs weigh between 75 and 100 lbs. The Scottish Deerhouds, as their name suggests were used for the purpose of hunting deer. Breeding of these dogs on a large-scale took place in the 1400s. Their good vision places Scottish Deerhounds places in the category of sighthounds.
Giant Schnauzer
Giant Schnauzer
This canine is amongst the big dogs that don't shed much. Actually there is no such dog which doesn't shed at all. Giant Schnauzer is however, a dog that shed lesser than most of the other types. The Giant Schnauzer which originates in Germany was mainly used for the purpose of guarding. Height of this dog at shoulders ranges from 23 - 28 inches. This dog weighs between 70 and 100 lbs.
Great Dane
Great Dane
One of the tallest dog breeds of the world, Great Danes possess a height that ranges from 28 - 32 inches. These dogs weight between 100 and 120 pounds. The Great Dane dogs are basically working dogs that originated in Germany. The great size of these dogs makes them domineering; Great Danes also are a bit difficult to manage in comparison to other canine species.
This dog originated in Germany and its weight ranges from 65 - 130 lbs. The Leonberger is mainly a working dog used in rescue operations. This intelligent dog learns quickly and therefore, is easy to train. A muscular body and double skin coat are some of the notable features of this canine. The DogAppy article on list of different types of dogs with pictures should also prove to be an interesting read.
List of Other Big Dogs
The notable or important types of dogs can be found in the descriptions presented above. However, there are many other types which can be categorized as big dogs. Here a list of such canines.
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Kuvasz
  • Saint Bernard
  • Irish Setter
  • Chinese Foo Dog
  • Greyhound
  • Newfoundland
  • Maremma
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Tosa Inu
  • Bandog
  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog
  • Borzoi
  • Komondor
  • Curly-Coated Retriever
  • Afghan Hound
  • Otterhound
A dog is one of the most common pets used by humans due to its ability to perform variety of tasks. Height and weight are factors used to determine how large the dog is. Based on these factors, different large dogs are categorized as smaller and bigger ones.