Giant dog breeds is any of many dog breeds whose height and weight put them at the largest end of all dog breeds. There is no universal height or weight at which a dog breed is classified as a giant breed; any very large dogs fall into this category, although some groups define "giant breed" based on a certain height or weight, such as 100 pounds.
Many giant dog breeds are mellow, relaxed dogs as adults and require less exercise than smaller dogs, so they may make better pets for small living arrangements, such as apartments. They are also by definition strong and bigger than other breeds. They can be couch potatoes on a couch or on a king-size or a queen-size bed. Many of the giant breeds are known for their protection and life saving abilities.
With giant dogs, you should be especially careful during puppy development to not put too much strain on their joints. Giant dogs are well known for having joint problems later in life. Giant dogs typically have shorter lives and grow rapidly; reach adult maturity more quickly than smaller dog breeds.
Giant dog breeds, on the other hand, often have the following disadvantages:
- They eat more than smaller breeds and often, they require specialty diets to tackle weight and joint management.
- Expenses overall may be more than for most breeds. Larger beds, collars, and toys cost more, as do grooming and kennelling very large dogs. There is also the issue of more expensive veterinary bills.
- Joint problems, such as hip dysplasia and arthritis, are common. Large breeds are also quite prone to osteosarcoma and susceptible to other debilitating bone and cartilage diseases. This is the result of a much higher growth factor- adult weight versus birth weight- and much longer growth period.
- Their life span is generally shorter than that of smaller dogs, often living only 6 to 10 years.
Below we have listed giant dog breeds over 66 cm (26 inches) in height and over 45 kg (100 lbs) in weight.