20 Giant Dog Breeds That Make the Best Pets

There are plenty of dog breeds whose hearts are just as enormous as their stature. Large dog breeds are generally considered to be those over 50 pounds, meaning that family-friendly Golden Retrievers fall on the small end of the large breed spectrum. If that’s surprising to hear, consider the fact that Saint Bernards can weigh up to 260 pounds! Read on to learn more about big breeds that make great pets.

Great Dane: 100-175 Pounds

AKC ranks Great Danes 16 out of 195 for popularity, so you’ve probably heard of these gentle giants. The friendly dogs are on average 30 inches tall (to the shoulder), but can soar well beyond that when they stand on their hind legs.

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They are considered easygoing dogs for their patience and dependability. While they are easy to get along with, they will stand their guard to defend the ones they love. Great Danes can live up to a decade, which is about average for such a large dog.