9 OF THE LARGEST DOG BREEDS

At 150 to 200 pounds, the boerboel, also known as the South African mastiff, is stocky, muscular, and powerful.

Boerboel

The Great Dane is well-known for their imposing size (males can be 200 pounds), but most people are surprised to learn how friendly and mellow these gentle giants are in real life.

Great Dane

Though not the heaviest breed, the Irish wolfhound holds the record of being the tallest of all dog breeds.

Irish Wolfhound

The majestic Leonberger originated in the 1800s in the city of Leonberg in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Leonberger

The mastiff, also known as the English mastiff or Old English mastiff, is an ancient breed that was originally used for hunting and guarding.

Mastiff

The Neapolitan mastiff looks extremely intimidating thanks to their massive size, wrinkled skin, and dour expression.

Neapolitan Mastiff

The Newfoundland originated on the Canadian island of Newfoundland. When European fishermen brought their dogs with them to Newfoundland, a new breed evolved in response to the island’s terrain and climate.

Newfoundland

The Saint Bernard was developed in the Swiss Alps by monks who used the giant dogs to search and rescue stranded travelers in the snowy mountains.

Saint Bernard

The Tibetan mastiff developed in isolation in its country of origin, Tibet. Though we don’t have much written information about the breed, most experts agree that it has existed for thousands of years in Central Asia.

Tibetan Mastiff

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