In many countries around the world, dogs are seen as great companions and workers. Some dogs stand out above the rest, literally. The top ten largest dog breeds are unanimously considered the biggest around the world. They hail from different countries and have rich backgrounds that make them wonderful companions today.
Akitas are a Japanese breed of dog. They have small brown eyes and small pointed, triangular ears. The Akitas are typically bred to be black or brown, and Akitas native to Japan are usually orange or white. Male Akitas can weigh 95 to 130 pounds and be 26 to 28 inches high. The females average out to 70 to 110 pounds and stand 24 to 26 inches high.
The Anatolian Shepherd is a Turkish dog and is known by many different names. It can also be called a Kangal Dog, Karabas, Coban Kopengi and Karabash. Males typically stand around 29 inches high and weigh about 125 pounds, and females average 27 inches high and weigh about 100 pounds. These are muscular dogs with large necks. They come in a variety of colors like fawn, pinto, white and brindle.
Great Danes hail from Germany and are often seen as gentle giants. The males usually weigh around 160 pounds and stand 32 inches high, while females average 120 pounds and stand around 30 inches high. They are muscular and lean, and very mild tempered. Great Dane colors are typically brindle, black, harlequin, mantle, blue and fawn.
Originally from Ireland, the Irish Wolfhound stands out with its scruffy coat. The male Wolfhounds typically grow to 32 to 34 inches high, while the females grow to 30 to 32 inches high. The males are usually around 120 pounds, and the females are typically 105 pounds. These strong dogs are most commonly bred to have brindle, black, white, gray or red coats.
The English Mastiff is commonly seen as the largest dog breed in the world. Males can weigh up to 190 pounds and stand at 32 inches high, and the females weigh around 150 pound and stand around 27 inches high. It's a large, protective breed that has short hair, often in fawn, apricot and brindle colors.
You may have seen Saint Bernards in movies as rescue dogs, rescuing people in harsh blizzards. Since the 1600s, Saint Bernards in their home country of Switzerland have been used as rescue dogs, but today they are companions. Saint Bernard males average 28 inches tall and weigh 175 pounds, and females average 36 inches tall and weigh 130 pounds. They have long, smooth hair that is characterized by red or brindle colors with white patches.
The Tibetan Mastiff, known in Tibet as Do-Khyi, was originally used as a guard dog, but is now more of a companion dog. The males weigh between 170 and 190 pounds and average 28 inches tall, and females weigh up to 160 pounds and average 26 inches tall. They can be characterized by their brown eyes and heavy and soft coat that can come in black, blue, blue-gray, sable and brindle.
Swiss Mountain Dog
The Swiss Mountain Dog is a Swedish dog that is also known as the Greater Swiss Cattle Dog. This dog is characterized by its almond-shaped eyes and tri-color coat, which is usually black, brown and white. The males of this breed are usually 28 inches tall and weigh about 140 pounds, and the females stand 26 inches tall and weigh about 110 pounds.
Also known as the Hungarian Kuvasz, this dog is very protective of its home and owners. It has brown eyes and big V-shaped ears. It has a somewhat scruffy-looking coat, but this is due to the rough top coat and its smooth undercoat. The Kuvasz is typically white with gray or black patches on its coat. The males usually stand between 28 and 30 inches high and weigh about 100 to 115 pounds, and the females can be 26 to 28 inches high and weigh around 90 pounds.
Caucasian Mountain Dog
This Russian breed is also call the Caucasian Ovtcharka. The Caucasian Mountain Dog is a cold-weather breed as characterized by its thick coat that usually comes in brindle, tan, pied and fawn. The males of this breed are usually 30 inches tall and weigh about 150 pounds, and the females can stand around 27 inches tall and weigh up to 120 pounds.