Dogs are man’s best friend. There is no denying that. Some of us like small lap dogs or medium-sized dogs. And there are those of us that love a big dog to snuggle with. And there are plenty of dogs besides the Golden Retriever that will do just that!
Big dogs can be considered those who weigh over 80 pounds. Of course, weight is debatable, but I’ve put together a list of what I consider to be the best large dog breeds to consider if you are looking for a new best friend.
These large and loyal dogs are brave protectors. And they are wonderful with children. They aim to please, so don’t let their size fool you at 130 pounds.
2. Cane Corso
These dogs are intimidating in appearance at 110 pounds, and while they do make wonderful bodyguards, they will form an incredible bond with their families.
3. Great Dane
Considered gentle giants, the Great Danes is an excellent breed for children and families. They are an alert protector but without aggression. They are fairly intelligent but can be stubborn. And all 200 pounds of them make wonderful lap dogs.
4. Great Pyrenees
Looking like something that came out of the North Pole, this 120-pound breed makes a great watchdog. They are wary of strangers and will do well watching over their families.
The 150 pound Newfoundland is wonderful with children of all ages and will happily let little hands pet them all over. The Newfie is smart and aims to please. And no to mention ridiculously cute.
Calm and trustworthy, the Rottie is a fine family pet. They adore children and will protect them with great courage. And weighing in at 130 pounds, that is easy for them. They are brilliant and obedient.
7. Saint Bernard
Tolerant of children and gentle with most people, the Saint Bernard is a wonderful watchdog. They can be aloof with strangers, but they are only doing their duty—all 180 pounds of it.
Known for its powerful nose, the Bloodhound is more than a 100-pound police dog. As long as they get considerable exercise, they make wonderful family pets.
9. Bernese Mountain Dog
These adorable 110-pound fluff balls do exceptionally well in cold climates. They are friendly to most people but do best bonding with one person.
10. Scottish Deerhound
The ancestry of the Scottish Deerhound dates back to European nobility, and their striking appearances have stood the test of time. Along with a good romp in the yard, the Deerhound is more than happy to curl up with you for a good, long nap. Just be advised, you may have almost 110 pounds in your lap.
11. Doberman Pinscher
These muscle-bound pooches can weigh up to 100 pounds and make excellent police dogs. They are very intelligent and do well having a job to do. They make great family pets and can be trustworthy and brave.
Though the larger dog breeds can be a little frightening to some, there is often no need for concern. Most of these dogs are big, lovable meatballs just waiting for your attention.