Giant Dog Breeds

Here at Pendleton, we definitely have a soft spot for big dogs. With big dogs, everything about Fido is going to be a bit larger than life. Read on as a local Anderson, IN vet discusses giant breeds.


Giant dogs breeds are, as the name suggests, pups that are exceptionally large. Technically, Fido is considered a giant if he weighs 100 pounds or more. Some of the most popular giant breeds include the St. Bernard, Mastiff, Great Dane, and Newfoundland. The Dogue de Bordeaux, Cane Corso, and Great Pyrenees also fall into this category.

Big Boy! 

A Great Dane has the distinct honor of having been named the world’s tallest dog in the Guinness Book of World Records. That pup, a Texan pooch named Zeus, is three and a half feet tall from paw to shoulder. That’s a lot of dog!

Things To Consider

Giant dogs require giant commitments, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into before adopting one. Fido’s size doesn’t only affect his appearance: it will also play a role in how fast he grows, how much he eats, and how much space he needs. If you’re renting, or perhaps just planning to, you may have a hard time finding a place that accepts your canine pal. Other possible downsides? Big dogs tend to eat a lot, and can be a bit drooly. You may also pay more for certain services, such as grooming and pet sitting.

Life Span

Sadly, big dogs have shorter life spans than their smaller kin. Where most pups will live about 12 to 15 years, giant breeds usually live about 6 to 10 years.


There are some wonderful benefits to having a large dog. They definitely can be great protectors. Fido may also be easier to care for in some ways than you may expect. For instance, many larger breeds, such as Great Danes, are actually quite calm once they’ve had their walks. 

Care Tips

A proper diet is crucial for Fido, especially when he’s young. That huge growth spurt requires lots of nutrition! Training and socialization are also crucial. Big dogs can be very dangerous if they don’t obey commands! Be sure to only buy products that are made for big dogs. Your canine companion could choke on things made for smaller pups. Ask your vet for specific care tips.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Anderson, IN animal clinic, today!

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