The Bigger, The Better
Leave the pampered Pomeranians to celebrities and socialites. Some of us prefer a little more in a dog, whether it be for an exercise companion, a watchful guard, a playmate for children, or just a big, lovable fur-ball to receive slobbery kisses from. Look no further! PetMD has compiled a list of our top ten favorite large dog breeds to meet your every need.
#10 Bernese Mountain Dog
We can thank the Swiss for many great things: fine chocolate, luxury watches, and the Bernese Mountain Dog. This big dog has become extremely popular throughout the years, recognizable because of its affectionate personality and keen intelligence. Regal-looking with its tri-colored, silky long fur, this is a true outdoor dog that, as its name might imply, fares well in cold weather. Ever patient and loyal, the Bernese Mountain Dog would make a great addition to any family with children.
It'd be very difficult not to mention Lassie when talking about the Collie. So there. LASSIE. Now that that's out of the way, the Collie is a very popular breed of large dog, not only for its obvious ties to classic literature and film, but for its sharp mind and friendliness. This loyal pooch rarely show signs of aggression, unless, that is, its owner is in need of protection. Equally fearless and gentle, the Collie makes families happy.
If you've ever seen a Mastiff, you'll agree that there is one word that can properly size up its appearance: powerful. No kidding, this dog is huge -- not as tall as a Great Dane, but probably twice as thick. Fittingly, this large dog breed makes an excellent guardian. However, though the Mastiff seems beast-like, it is surprisingly gentle, affectionate, and extremely loyal. Its devotion to its owners and patience with children have secured its popularity for years.
#7 Great Dane
Monumental in size and personality, the Great Dane towers over other larger breeds. Often thought to be the world's tallest dog, only the Irish Wolfhound can claim to be taller. Gibson the Great Dane, however, currently holds the Guiness world record for tallest dog. Great Danes are gentle giants, friendly and calm, despite their intimidating size. They do require love, attention, and plenty of space to exercise those long limbs, though and tend to have a shorter life span.
#6 German Shorthaired Pointer
A true hunting and gun dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) is bold, intelligent, strong, and playful. It requires lots of exercise and attention. But if properly trained, the GSP makes the ideal companion for owners with an active lifestyle and a love for the outdoors. Otherwise, this headstrong breed may prove to be too much of a challenge for a first-time owner who isn't ready to be a pack leader.