Large dogs are often avoided by new potential pet parents, but the majority of large and extra-large dog breeds are loyal, loveable, and super friendly. Although there is some debate on what is ‘large’ when it comes to dogs, you’ll find the best-of-the-best when it comes to long coats, short coats, and hypoallergenic coats.

So, let’s get doggo crazy, shall we?


  1. What Is a Large Dog Breed?
  2. Top 5 Large Hypoallergenic Dogs
  3. Top 5 Large Dogs that Don’t Shed
  4. Top 6 Fluffy Large Dogs
  5. Top 6 Big Skinny Dog Breeds
  6. Top 5 Big Black Dog Breeds
  7. Top 5 Big Long Hair Dog Breeds
  8. Useful Products And Tools for Large Dog Breeds

What Is a Large Dog Breed?

A large dog breed can be large in terms of both height and weight. Generally, dogs are classed as large if they reach 50 kg and above. Dogs that are that size, tend to be large in terms of height and/or width as well as weight, but that isn’t always the case.

A British bulldog can be a great lump of a pooch, but it won’t be as large, height-wise, as a Great Dane, which can weigh roughly the same weight.

Top 5 Large Hypoallergenic Dogs

According to vet study, hypoallergenic dogs are believed to not shed at all, but that’s simply not the case. All dogs shed fur, whether they’re long-haired, short-haired, low-shed, hypoallergenic, or any other category.

There isn’t really anything super special about hypoallergenic dogs; they just shed less than other dogs, have less of it to start with than other dogs, and/or have fur that is curly in nature. Because of these three things, less dog hair is left to break free and be left around the house, which means allergies and sensitivities will be irritated a lot less than with other breeds.

Here are the top 5 large hypoallergenic dog breeds:

1: Afghan Hound

Height: 27 inches
Weight: 60 pounds

2: Giant Schnauzer

Height: 27.5 inches
Weight: 85 pounds

3: Irish Water Spaniel

Height: 24 inches
Weight: 68 pounds

4: Standard Poodle

Height: 27 inches (standard)
Weight: 70 pounds

5: Portuguese Water Dog

Height: 23 inches
Weight: 60 pounds

Top 5 Large Dogs that Don’t Shed

All dogs shed, so to say ‘dogs that don’t shed’ is a little bit of a lie. There are dogs that shed less frequently or lose less hair when they shed, but they all will leave some hair lying around the home.

If you’re on the hunt for a large dog that doesn’t shed a lot and won’t make a right furry mess of your home, here are the top five you should look at:

1: Bergamasco Sheepdog

Height: 23.5 inches
Weight: 84 pounds

2: Briard

Height: 27 inches
Weight: 55-100 pounds

3: Dogo Argentino

Height: 26.5 inches
Weight: 80-100 pounds

4: Hanoverian Scenthound

Height: 21 inches
Weight: 75-100 pounds

5: Saluki

Height: 28 inches (males)
Weight: 65 pounds

Top 6 Fluffy Large Dogs

If you’re in the market for a big, fluffy dog you can cuddle up with on the couch, you should know that you’ll be covered in hair a lot. Most of the fluffy-coat dog breeds also require a lot more brushing than others.

Read more: Everything You Need to Know About Dog Grooming

If you’re still not put off, here are the top six fluffy large dogs breeds you should take a peek at:

1: Akita

Height: 28 inches
Weight: 70-130 pounds

2: Belgian Turvuren

Height: 26 inches
Weight: 75 pounds

3: Berger Picard

Height: 25.5 inches
Weight: 70 pounds

4: Belgian Sheepdog

Height: 26 inches
Weight: 75 pounds

5: Bouvier des Flandres

Height: 27.5 inches
Weight: 100 pounds

6: Bernese Mountain Dog

Height: 27.5 inches
Weight: 70-115 pounds

Top 6 Big Skinny Dog Breeds

Let’s take a look at the other end of the spectrum now: skinny but large dogs. Dogs come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes these days, but skinny dogs are still known to divide opinions more than most others.

Some like it, some hate it, but if you’re considering one of these usually very active pups, these are the top six breeds:

1: Great Dane

Height: 32 inches
Weight: 110-175 pounds

2: American Leopard Hound

Height: 27 inches
Weight: 75 pounds

3: Doberman Pinscher

Height: 28 inches
Weight: 100 pounds

4: Ibizan Hound

Height: 27.5 inches
Weight: 50 pounds

5: Weimaraner

Height: 27 inches
Weight: 90 pounds

6: Greyhound

Height: 30 inches
Weight: 70 pounds

Top 5 Big Black Dog Breeds

Many of the dogs already mention on this guide of large dog breeds will naturally come in dark brown, almost black, and completely black colors. If none of those tick all your boxes though, you might find some of these more appealing:

1: Newfoundland

Height: 28 inches
Weight: 100-150 pounds

2: Tibetan Mastiff

Height: 26 inches
Weight: 70-150 pounds

3: Black Russian Terrier

Height: 30 inches
Weight: 80-150 pounds

4: Flat-Coated Retriever

Height: 24.5 inches
Weight: 70 pounds

5: Rottweiler

Height: 27 inches
Weight: 80-135 pounds

Top 5 Big Long Hair Dog Breeds

Long-haired dogs require more grooming than short-haired dogs, but they sure are something to look at! It is worth taking a really good, hard look at the levels of care required with dogs with long coats. You may need specialist grooming tools or products, or spend much more time than you initially thought brushing, washing, etc.

Read more: How To Find The Best Dog Groomer

1: Alaskan Malamute

Height: 25 inches
Weight: 85 pounds

2: Komondor

Height: 27.5 inches (min)
Weight: 100 pounds

3: Estrela Mountain Dog

Height: 29 inches
Weight: 132 pounds

4: Old English Sheepdog

Height: 22 inches (min)
Weight: 60-100 pounds

5: Leonberger

Height: 31.5 inches
Weight: 90-170 pounds

Useful Products And Tools for Large Dog Breeds

You will need to make a few special allowances if you want to invite a larger dog breed into your home. The same things that worked for shorter or smaller dogs won’t work for the larger ones, and vice versa.

Feeding Bowls

To prevent neck problems, for example, you should offer a taller/larger dog a raised food and water bowl. You will also want to ensure you’re getting the right kind of food for the breed, too. Larger dogs usually require more calories than smaller one, especially if they’re very active, like the greyhound.

Lead & Harness

The harness and lead should be measured by your dog, or at least tried on before you buy or use it for the first time. Very large dogs will not fit into items designed for smaller ones, and you could inflict injury by attempting to use them.

Appropriate Grooming Items

As previously mentioned, you will likely need a specialist or more grooming equipment with a larger dog, especially those in the medium/long-hair category. Research what your specific large breed needs; don’t just assume you can use the same stuff that was once used on a tiny terrier!


For ultimate comfort, make sure your large dog has a large bed, or at least somewhere nice and big and comfortable to sleep in. They’ll probably pick their own sleeping nice, but you do need to at least offer them a bed of their own!

Monitoring Equipment

For the first little while, having a large dog around the house can be cumbersome. They’re still getting to know the place, and you’re still getting to know them. You can make things easier by using a pet camera. You can monitor without interacting, learning about your new family friend while still giving them space to sniff out everything new.

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