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  •   Pet Health And Care >>  Dog Breed >>  Large dogs  
     

    Largest Breed of Dogs:

    There are thousands of breeds of dogs.



    However, some people like their dogs small and some like them large. Dog breeds are categorized by size. They are, therefore, divided into three main classes - small dog or toy dog breed, mid-sized dog breed and large dog breed. Small dogs are cute and rather harmless.



    They make excellent companions but serve little purpose beyond that. Therefore, most people who want a dog specifically for hunting, guarding, or working, prefer a large dog breed. These large dogs look magnificent and can also help you protect and guard your house.

    If you are planning to get yourself a large dog (from a big dog breed), it is best to first evaluate what you want from your dog.



    It is best to buy a large dog only if you are a person who enjoys playing with your dog and wouldn’t mind getting knocked down once in a while. Such a dog (from a large dog breed), will typically need lots of grooming and exercise, both of which require time and effort from the owner. The largest dog breed in the world is the Old English Mastiff. These dogs can weight 160-230 pounds on an average and can stand 25-36 inches tall. Though there are other large dog breeds like the Great Dane and the Irish Wolf Hound that compete in the largest breed of dog category, where overall size is concerned, the English Mastiff is clearly the winner.

    If you are seriously thinking of getting yourself a big dog, consider the space required for the dog to live in and assess your own living conditions. For people who live in small townhouses or apartments, it is best to get themselves small or mid-sized dogs. Large breeds need a lot of space to move around and they may feel stifled in small living spaces. Apart from this, the large dog may also keep knocking over objects in the household. If you have young children at home, there is always the possibility of a child getting knocked over accidentally by the big dog.

    However, it is also true that more often than not, these large dogs make excellent companions for children. Larger dogs require less fussing and usually have a more even temperament. They are friendly and fiercely loyal. In fact, they are also considered more sociable than mid-sized and small dogs. Their good temper along with their strength makes are a great combination in a dog.

     
      Submitted on May 7, 2010