Big Dog Breeds – What Springs To Mind?
How is your doggy general knowledge? Could you come up with ten big dog breeds? Off the top of my head I would probably guess The Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound, St Bernard and Bernese Mountain Dog and that’s as far as I would get without doing some research. How about you?
Why Do People Love Big Dog Breeds?
Well although they say size doesn’t matter, for some of us dog lovers having a big dog to snuggle up to is better than a small dog – simply because there’s more of them. Also you can’t deny that big dogs tend to be more docile and don’t bark at every dog they see!
Many of the small breeds such as my daughter’s Chihuahua, Louis, barks at every dog they meet.
In fact Louis seems to suffer from a canine form of paranoia! I’ve tried explaining to him that every dog he meets is not out to get him and they just want to play. Invariably my explanation falls on deaf ears and Louis continues to bark!
Then of course there is security to consider. After all I can’t see an attacker being deterred by a Chihuahua. On the other hand a large breed such as an English Mastiff is a different proposition all together!
Before choosing the size of dog you want, it’s vital that you consider the potential costs such as
Everything about a big dog is well – bigger and costlier. So make sure you can afford one before offering him or her a forever home as a family member!
Big Dog Breeds – My Top 10
The Saint Bernard is so called because of their Saint like temperament - at least that's the popular belief!
This belief becomes even more credible when you learn about the Saint Bernard's monastic beginnings in a Swiss Monastery!
At 28-30 inches tall the Saint Bernard was perfect for guarding monasteries.
Nowadays they are often involved in search and rescue missions in the Swiss Alps and throughout the world.
They are loving and docile and much loved by all who know them or are rescued by them!
The Dogue de Bordeaux is notable for its wrinkly skin and stands at 24 - 26 inches tall.
It was used and is sometimes still used to protect livestock and is thought to be descended from the Molossus.
The Dogue de Bordeaux has been used for a variety of tasks over the years.
This large breed has been used in war, for hunting large game on French country estates and also for driving cattle.
The Anatolian Shepherd is around 32 inches tall. It has an average life span of 13 to 15 years. This makes the Anatolian Shepherd one of the longest living large breeds.
It originated in Turkey and its origins can be traced back to 2000 B.C.
The Anatolian Shepherd is used to protect flocks of sheep against wild animals and to guard homes and property.
Sources Of For All Biggest Dog Breeds Information
USA Breed Owners’ Clubs
Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club Of America
Caucasian Shepherd Dog Club of America, Inc
Dogue de Bordeaux
Dogue de Bordeaux Society Of America
Irish Wolfhound Club Of America
The Newfoundland Club Of America
American Tibetan Mastiff Association
UK Breed Owners’ Clubs
Dogue de Bordeaux
Dogue de Bordeaux Club Of Great Britain
The Tibetan Mastiff Club Of Great Britain
Big Dog Breeds – What’s Your Favourite?
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