The history behind the largest dog breeds often reveals dogs bred to be ancient guardians, fierce hunting hounds or royal companions.
While some owners in recent years prefer smaller dog breeds for city living, size and strength have historically been desirable factors to breed into dogs, making them better protectors and hunters.
Although imposing, the biggest dog breeds also tend to be mildly tempered and make excellent family pets.
This list details some of the biggest of the big dogs, but “big” is relative; some breeds are stout and heavy while others are tall and lean.
Check out the list of 10 biggest dog breeds in the world, which are well admired for its height, length and weight, on the next page!