While the popularity of pint-sized pooches continues to rise, large dogs will give you an exclusive viewing pleasure. Feast your eyes on the 12 biggest dog breeds in the world and we promise you'll be blown away.
1. Great Dane
The Great Dane is widely recognized as the world's tallest dog breed. Their average height ranges from 28 to 30 inches. Zeus, the world record holder for tallest dog, stood at an astounding 44 inches tall.
2. English Mastiff
The enormous English Mastiff, which holds the world record for heaviest dog, can weigh up to as much as 250 pounds. Aicama Zorba, the heaviest, weighs in at 343 pounds.
3. French Mastiff
French Mastiffs stand between 23-27 inches tall and weigh between 125-150 lbs. One thing that sets it apart from others is that it has the largest head to body ratio of any canine.
This big and muscular dog stands between 27-30 inches tall and weighs as much as 150 pounds. Originally a fishermen helper, this working dog looks even bigger due to its thick double coat.
5. Saint Bernard
Saint Bernards stand between 25-30 inches tall and can weigh from 140 to 180 pounds. Originally used as rescue dogs, these gentle and loving guys are mostly family dogs today.
A result of Newfoundland cross bred with Saint Bernard, this dog stands between 27-31 inches tall and weighs up to 170 pounds. Simply family dogs, they do well in water rescue and tracking as well as herding.
7. Irish Wolfhound
This breed is the tallest of all dogs, including the Great Dane. The MINIMUM height should be 32 inches for males and 30 inches for females. They can be as tall as a donkey.
8. Neapolitan Mastiff
The average male Neapolitan Mastiff stands between 26-31 inches tall and weighs a hefty 130-155 pounds. Known for being fearless and protective of home and family, It's an ideal guard dog.
The average male Komondor stands at 31.5 inches high and weighs up to 130 pounds. Due to its distinctive long and corded coat, this breed is also referred to as "mop dog."
10. Caucasian Shepherd
The female Caucasian Shepherd measures about 28 inches, males about 30 inches. Referred to as molossers, these strong-boned, muscular dogs are definitely not lap dogs.
11. Russian Black Terrier
Males stand 28-30 inches at the withers and weigh up to 130 pounds, while females are slightly smaller and lighter. This breed is calm, confident, courageous and self-assured.
12. Tibetan Mastiff
The male Tibetan Mastiff can reach heights of up to 33 inches and weigh between 100-160 pounds. As a flock guardian dog, it's capable of confronting predators the size of wolves and leopards.