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Giant Dog Breeds

Nicole Cosgrove

Giant dog breeds are ones that are over 100 pounds so they need a lot of room in the home to move around. It also takes a special owner ready for the demands giant dogs have, grooming can be more challenging, feeding will cost more and training is very important to ensure you are not dragged around when out for a walk. Below is a comprehensive alphabetical list of giant dog breeds you might take a fondness to. On the right is also a Dog Breed Selector option in case you need to do some further research.

General Information
Origin United States
Popularity Not a registered member of the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 120 to 200 pounds
Height 28 to 36 inches
Life span 8 to 12 years
Intelligence Above average
Breed Traits

Affectionate
Playful
Steady
Protective
Loving
Territorial

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin South Africa
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 131st by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 150 to 200 pounds
Height 23 to 28 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Quite intelligent – about average
Breed Traits

Guard dog
Intelligent
Protective
Brave
Bold
Fearless

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin UK
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 43rd by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 100 to 130 pounds
Height 24 to 27 inches
Life span 8 to 10 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Watchdog
Alert
Serious natured
Confident
Sensitive

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Caucasus
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 100 to 220 pounds
Height 26 to 30 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Very good
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Needs experienced owner
Protector
Alert
Brave
Dedicated

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin France
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 63 by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 120 to 145 pounds
Height 23 to 26 inches
Life span 5 to 8 years
Intelligence Average to above average
Breed Traits

Loyal
Devoted
Calm
Quiet
Working dog
Relaxed dog

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Switzerland
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 78th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 85 to 140 pounds
Height 24 to 29 inches
Life span 7 to 12 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Gentle
Loyal
Friendly
Eager to please
Brave
Working dog

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Very Popular – ranked 15th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 110 to 190 pounds
Height 28 to 34 inches
Life span 6 to 9 years
Intelligence Average
Breed Traits

Protective
Gentle
Relaxed
Intelligent
Hunter
Brave

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Belgium and Ireland
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 69th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 115 to 180 pounds
Height 30 to 35 inches
Life span 6 to 10 years
Intelligence Average to above average
Breed Traits

Brave
Loyal
Sweet
Quiet
Affectionate
Additionally Hunter

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Canada
Popularity Not recognized by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 110 to 176 pounds
Height 26 to 32 inches
Life span 8 to 10 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Gentle
Sweet
Loving
Great family dog
Gentle giant
Generous

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Italy
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 99th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 110 to 154 pounds
Height 24 to 31 inches
Life span 7 to 10 years
Intelligence Fair to average – not especially quick but certainly steady
Breed Traits

Protective
Sweet
Gentle
Calm
Loving
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin UK and Canada
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 37th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 100 to 150 pounds
Height 24 to 29 inches
Life span 8-10 years
Intelligence High – very clever dog
Breed Traits

Loyal
Brave
Intelligent
Gentle
Devoted
Eager to please

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Spain
Popularity Not yet recognized by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 175 to 220 pounds
Height 28 to 32 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Great guardian
Gentle
Docile
Protector
Friendly
Self-reliant

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Switzerland (& Italy)
Popularity Quite popular, ranked 50th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 120 to 200 pounds
Height 26 to 30 inches
Life span 8 to 10 years
Intelligence Very intelligent
Breed Traits

Friendly
Social
Outgoing
Intelligent
Loyal
Best with experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin China
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 135th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 100 to 170 pounds
Height 24 to 28 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Protective
Loyal
Courageous
Reliable
Better with experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

NO


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.