That dogs are sometimes heavier than the average human being should come as no surprise. But did you know that there are dogs that can weigh more than 100 kilograms? Wondering what the 20 heaviest dogs are? Find an overview below.
The Tibetan Mastiff is probably one of the oldest breeds of dog in the world. The breed has been known for a very long time, so long that we know little about the origins of this magnificent dogs. What we do know is that they originated in the Himalayas and were used to protect monasteries. It is rumoured that the Tibetan Mastiff was introduced to Europe by travellers who were given the animal as a gift.
One of the most famous Mastiffs is the English Mastiff. It will not surprise anyone that this breed originated in England. The dog has a somewhat massive impression and is very strong. For the ignorant outsider, this dog can therefore come across as somewhat aggressive. However, nothing is less true. The strength of this dog lies in its quiet, calm nature. His English nickname is not for nothing the "gentle giant".
The Boerboel is one of the few dogs with a Dutch name. However, the dog was not bred in the Netherlands, but in South Africa. The dog really has the character of a watchdog. The dog has a dedicated character. He takes good care of the family that he has to protect. However, you mustn't joke with the Boerboel. He takes his job very seriously.
Perhaps the Saint Bernard is one of the best-known dog breeds there is. The Saint Bernard has a sweet, good nature. Of course, the dog's image also plays a major role. After all, the dog is known as a rescue dog. It is probably for this reason that the dog can be seen in many famous films. Nowadays, the Saint Bernard is probably best known for its loyalty, patience and care for children. However, this does not mean that the Saint Bernard is a softy. The animal is enormously strong, muscular and has an impressive appearance if necessary.
The Great Dane can be a bit intimidating at first sight. However, you should not be put off by this. The Great Dane is in fact a large dog with a sweet character. It is a real companion animal and for that reason it does not like to be alone. Therefore, the dog can be kept as a family dog.
The origin of the Leonberger is a rather special one. The name of the Leonberger is derived from the German city where this dog was bred. In principle, this is nothing special, it is quite common for the name of a dog breed to refer to the place where the breed was created. However, it is less common that the appearance of the dog also symbolises the same city. This is the case with the Leonberger. The city of Leonberg has the lion as its coat of arms. The town council therefore thought it was a wise decision to breed a dog which looked like a lion. A certain Heinrich Essig was entrusted with the task and so, in 1846, the first Leonberger as we know it today was born. The dog was quite popular and became a status symbol. It is known that Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary (Empress Sisi) had six Leonbergers.
The Mastino Napoletano has a very distinctive appearance. When you see the dog, you will recognise him almost immediately. The dog has a head with a lot of loose skin. The distinctive head of this dog gives it a somewhat endearing appearance. But don't be fooled: the dog is definitely not a wimp!
The Newfoundlander is a dog that has its roots on the other side of the ocean. This breed of dog originated on the island of Newfoundland, the breed was named after this island. Fishermen used this dog for rescuing drowning people. In addition, the dog was also put to work: when hauling in fishing nets and towing boats, the Newfoundlander had to work. It is therefore no wonder that the dog is naturally very strong. Originally, the dog was a real workhorse.
Dogue de Bordeaux
The Bordeaux Dog is perhaps one of the most beautiful dogs that there is, but at the same time has a rather sad history. The Bordeaux Dog has a powerful appearance, a sweet head and is quite athletic. The dog is considered a sweet family dog, which is very fond of its owner and family members.
Large Swiss Mountain Dog
One of the most powerful, large and muscular dogs in the Great Swiss Mountain Dog. The powerful animal has its origins in the Swiss Alps. After all, the word "Senn" means something like Swiss alpine shepherd, or dairy farmer. The Great Swiss Mountain Dog is large and has a tough exterior. Yet this dog has a small heart. He has without a doubt a sweet, gentle character. This is especially true towards his family members. This dog can function perfectly in a family. However, the dog will be tolerant towards outsiders, but will keep some distance. The dog is good with children. It must be mentioned, however, that the dog can also be too enthusiastic. With the little ones he can sometimes play a little too wild and enthusiastic.
One of the largest dogs The Irish Wolfhound is the most popular dog in the world. Its large stature and rather impressive name might give you the impression that we are dealing with a monster on four legs. However, this is not true at all. The Irish Wolfhound has a calm and quiet character.
With its powerful, sharp appearance, the Rottweiler is sometimes mistaken for an aggressive, bite-happy dog. This is not true. The Rottweiler is a powerful dog with character and needs good training. But when the dog is raised properly, it is one of the most gentle dogs in the world. dogs that you can imagine. The Rottweiler can be a friendly playmate, who will fit into a family just fine. But beware: the Rottweiler is very protective and will not tolerate his owner being in danger. It is therefore important that the owner of the Rottweiler is able to control the animal, rather than the other way around. Otherwise, the Rottweiler will indeed become aggressive when he believes his owner is in danger.
The Komondor is a dog with the appearance of a show model. The coat of this dog can become extremely long. Yet this Hungarian dog was certainly not a model. For years, the dog has served as a very successful watchdog.
The American Akita is a sweet and intelligent dog, but certainly not a pushover. The dog is not only intelligent, this breed is also independent, proud and dominant. The American Akita has a strong will of his own and needs a boss who is clearly in charge. Otherwise this beautiful dog will become unmanageable.
Black Russian Terrier
The name Black Russian Terrier is a bit misleading. The dog is not a terrier. However, it originated in Russia. The dog is bred to protect and guard. Although the animal is a guard dog, it is not overly aggressive. However, they will not immediately make friends with strangers, which is what you would expect from a watchdog.
The bullmastiff is one of the larger mastiffs. The animal is strong, large and muscular. In the past, he was used as a watchdog, among other things. The Bullmastiff is watchful, alert, intelligent and above all very loyal to its owner. The dog has an interesting past and is bred for its function.
Pyrenean Mountain Dog
When you see the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, it is hard not to fall in love with the animal instantly. The dog is fairly large, strong and has a beautiful head with an intelligent appearance. There is something endearing about the dog. However, this dog is not a tame lamb. On the contrary, he was used in the past to protect, among other things, tame lambs.
In the Netherlands, you do not see the Kuvasz very often. This is actually a pity because it is a beautiful dog. Yet it is not very surprising that few people own this dog. Throughout history, owning this dog has been a special privilege. Actually, it was only for the nobility to own this dog. They kept the dog as bodyguards.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Of all the Mountain Dogs, the Bernese Mountain Dog is probably the best known. It is also the only long-haired Mountain Dog. The animal is beautiful to see. On the one hand, the dog is enormously strong, large and muscular. At the same time, you can see the gentle nature of the dog from a distance.