7 Giant Dog Breeds With Even Bigger Hearts

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If you've ever wondered what it would be like to own a dog the size of a mini horse, keep reading! Big dogs are just as lovable as little ones, and they give good cuddles too. After all, any dog can be a lap dog if you try hard enough! Watch the video below to see if any of these breeds is right for you.

Great Dane

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Great Danes are one of the most recognizable dogs, with Scooby Doo being perhaps the most famous Great Dane of all. These gentle giants can grow to be anywhere from 30 to 34 inches tall at their shoulders if they're male and 28 to 32 inches tall if they're female. Great Danes are not hypoallergenic, but they are great with kids if you're looking for a family dog. Did you know that Great Danes have German — not Danish — origins?

Great Pyrenees

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If you don't mind dog hair everywhere, getting a Great Pyrenees might work for you. Males can grow to 27 to 32 inches tall at their shoulders while females usually hover around 25 to 29 inches. Their weatherproof coats make them perfect mountain dogs. These dogs were bred to guard sheep in the mountains, so they are typically pretty independent.

Neapolitan Mastiff

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According to the AKC, these moving folds of wrinkles are considered "not very active" dogs. If you're looking for a companion for walks in the morning, this might be the breed for you. Males can grow between 26 and 31 inches tall at their shoulders while females grow between 24 and 29 inches.

If you have older kids and think a mastiff would be the perfect addition, we recommend buying ear plugs and a bib because these pooches are known for their drooling and loud snores. Martha, a Neapolitan mastiff, was voted the world's ugliest dog this year, but we think she's an absolute cutie.

Irish Wolfhound

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Did you know the Irish wolfhound is the tallest of all tall dogs? Males are a minimum of 32 inches at their shoulders, while females are a minimum of 30 inches.

Keon, an Irish wolfhound, holds the Guinness World Record for the longest dog tail, which is 30 inches! Australian movie star Liam Hemsworth owns a goldendoodle (golden retriever and poodle mix) and Irish wolfhound mix named Dora.


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These fluffy dogs require a weekly brushing, so it's time to stock up on lint rollers. Male Leonbergers stand between 28 and 31.5 inches at the shoulder while females stand between 25.5 and 29.5.

Leonbergers, unlike some other big dogs, don't drool. Did you know that Leonbergers almost went extinct during WWI?

Tibetan Mastiff

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Tibetan mastiffs are a lot less wrinkly than the Neapolitans. Full-grown males can reach between 26 and 30 inches at the shoulder while females are between 24 and 28 inches.

In 2014, a Chinese businessman spent $1.9 million dollars on a Tibetan mastiff puppy. That's some puppy love! The animal was reportedly 31 inches tall and weighed 200 (!) pounds.

The Caucasian Shepherd

Caucasian shepherd dogs were bred in Russia to be able to withstand the freezing cold temperatures. Males are between 28 to 30 inches at their shoulders, while females are 26 to 27.5 inches. Because these dogs are so big, they are not recommended for families with small kids.

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