Many dog breeds have been around since ancient times. Dogs are bred for many reasons like protecting livestock, owners and being faithful loving companions.
For a dog to be protective in needs to be bred with the size it needs to be effective. This is particular with breeding larger dogs.
Here is a list of the 10 extra large dogs found in the world:
1) Hulk Pitbull:
These are giant dogs weighing about 175 pounds. When they stand on the hind legs they are standing 5 feet tall. These dogs may seem scary but they are quite gentle.
Hulk Pitbull keep their size since they eat a lot. They eat approximately 4 pounds of ground meat plus supplements daily.
He was named Hulk because he is a giant weighing 175 pounds. The owner says “They are quite gentle and can be trusted around their son. This dog is even friendly with the other dogs we have.”
They are also capable of being trained as guard dogs and are very good at listening to owners commands.
2) English Mastiff:
These are considered to be the large breed of dogs in the world. These dogs can stand approximately 7 feet tall on their hind leg and weighing about 200 pounds.
Freddie is a Guinness Book holder is owned by ex-glamour model Claire Stoneman.
Having these size dogs also have big expenses and the average cost of owning these dog has cost her $16500 per year.
It has enormous weight and size which cannot be compared to other breeds. Most breeds weight around 200 pounds but it is not surprising they can weigh at least 225 pounds when they reach maturity.
There is one dog that amazes us whose name is Zorba who was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Record as the heaviest and longest dog in September of 1997.
He was weighing in at 340 pounds with a height of 37 inches from the shoulder and a length of 8 feet.
When it comes to the world biggest dog’s this one is truly a legend.
This type of dog breed is very ancient and developed in southern Italy. These dogs were generally used as guard dogs but they are now considered gentle giants.
The dog named CH Samson was one of the largest and heaviest Mastiffs around. He weighs in at 225 pounds at just 2.5 years old.
There has been no other Mastiff like him since. This dog was unique where he can fetch a car tire and carry it around.
4) Great Dane:
This gentle giant is considered the “Apollo of dogs”, Apollo means Greek god of the sun. This dog loves to play and is gentle with children.
Zeus the Great Dane from Otsego, Michigan is the world’s tallest dog in 2012 by Guinness world records. His size was 44 inches from his feet to his shoulder blade.
Standing on his hind legs he towered over his owner at over 7 feet. This big guy ate 30 pounds of dog food every day.
Zeus was quite popular in the Kalamazoo area where he made frequent trips to schools and hospitals (served as a therapy dog).
Sadly, his lifespan was only 5 years which is considered the average for a dog this size.
He is considered a great legend to many bigs dogs to this day.
This type of dog was not bred to be a guard dog but to help fisherman. These dogs are big and muscular which can help with pulling nets, lines, and carts from boats.
They also good and fetching anything that goes overboard into the water.
These dogs are very good swimmers and they have saved many peoples lives at sea. Their size is about 27-30 inches tall and can weigh about 150 pounds.
They have a thick coat which keeps them warm in the winter.
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