15 Types of Large Dog Breeds & Their Differences

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The most popular dog breed lists consist mostly of big dogs. Large dogs usually range between 40-80 pounds and often make great family companions or jogging buddies. There are quite a few different breeds of large dogs — keep reading to learn about 15 of the most popular!

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1. Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier
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Characteristics
  • Height: 23 inches
  • Weight: 50-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-14 years

The Airedale is a regal and alert dog. They may be a good match for families with allergies, as their wiry hair tends to shed less. A versatile terrier breed, they have long been hunters, athletes, and beloved family members.

2. Australian Shepherd

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Characteristics
  • Height: 20-23 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
  • Weight: 50-65 pounds (male), 40-55 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Australian Shepherds have gained quite a bit of popularity in the past few years. They excel in almost anything they put their minds to, eagerly learning anything you’re willing to teach. However, you may want to be careful with this herding breed around small children. These dogs tend to nip heels to move their charges along, while also ensuring that they’re safe and under the dog’s watchful care.

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3. Boxer

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Characteristics
  • Height: 23-25 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), females are about 15 pounds less than male
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Often called a clown, the Boxer is a fun and lively breed. As a brachycephalic breed with a shortened muzzle, care should be taken to make sure their breathing isn’t constricted or labored during activities. A harness over a collar is recommended during walks. Boxers make a great family dog as they tend to be patient with children.

4. Belgian Malinois

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Characteristics
  • Height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 60-80 pounds (male), 40-60 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years

Around the world, the Belgian Malinois works with the military and police departments. They can detect contraband in almost any situation, even in your home, if you don’t hide the treats. Extremely intelligent and mischievous, this hard-working breed needs a lot of exercise and does best with a job or with active families and individuals.

5. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher
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Characteristics
  • Height: 26-28 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 75-100 pounds (male), 60-90 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Doberman Pinschers are known to be protective of their family. With sleek athleticism and a noble bearing, the Doberman is a loyal family dog willing. They are eager to be where the action is taking place. Often called a Velcro dog, they stick close to their owners.

6. German Shepherd

German Shepherd
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Characteristics
  • Height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-90 pounds (male), 50-70 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 7-10 years

One of the most popular breeds, the German Shepherd excels at just about everything. Trained as police and military dogs, they also make loyal companions. They are widely recognized for their courage and confidence in any situation.

7. Golden Retriever

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Characteristics
  • Height: 23-24 inches (male), 21.5-22.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-75 pounds (male), 55-65 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Playful and intelligent, the Golden Retriever is an easy-going family dog. This breed has a luxurious coat that comes in many shades of gold and warm brown eyes. It’s easy to see why this dog is such a beloved family member to millions. Originally bred as a Scottish gundog, they are now more commonly found as pets.

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8. Greyhound

Greyhound
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Characteristics
  • Height: 28-30 inches (male), 27-28 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-70 pounds (male), 60-65 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-13 years

The Greyhound, despite its racing history, is often called a couch potato. This breed is found in rescues after retiring from racing or when racetracks close. Some may be a danger to cats or small animals, so be wary when walking or visiting areas with smaller animals. They tend to be independent and a little reserved, but still enjoy being part of the family.

9. Irish Setter

Irish Setter
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Characteristics
  • Height: 27 inches (male), 25 inches (female)
  • Weight: 70 pounds (male), 60 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

A strikingly beautiful gundog, the Irish Setter makes a loyal hunting and family dog. Sweet-tempered, Irish Setters are gentle and make great tennis ball retrievers.  With their deep red coats and agile movements, these dogs are a joy to watch. Irish setters are eager to please and fearless.

10. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever
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Characteristics
  • Height: 22.5-24.5 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Easily one of the most iconic and popular breeds, labs (as they are commonly called) make great family dogs. Their approachable and athletic nature makes them an excellent fit for active households. Always ready to join the fun, they have solidified their place with many families.

11. Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback
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Characteristics
  • Height: 25-27 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 85 pounds (male), 70 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: ~10 years

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a fierce protector with a softer side. They were originally bred in South Africa to hunt lions and still maintain a strong prey drive. With their distinctive ridge of hair and wheaten coloring, they make loyal companions. Strong-willed, the Rhodesian Ridgeback needs consistent boundaries.

12. Rottweiler

Rottweiler
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Characteristics
  • Height: 24-27 inches (male), 22-25 inches (female)
  • Weight: 95-135 pounds (male), 80-100 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 9-10 years

The world’s largest lapdog, the Rottie, as he’s affectionately known, is a lovable companion. Known for his protective nature and silly antics, no home would lack laughter with this gentle giant as a member of the household. This breed can be territorial, so early socialization is key.

13. Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky
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Characteristics
  • Height: 21-23.5 inches (male), 20-22 inches (female)
  • Weight: 45-60 pounds (male), 35-50 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

These hardy dogs are most famous as sled dogs though they are prevalent in pet households. Siberian Huskies are escape artists. Keep an eye on them in the yard. Siberians are friendly and rarely make good guard dogs. They are quite prolific shedders who “blow their coat” twice a year.

14. Standard Poodle

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Characteristics
  • Height: Over 15 inches 
  • Weight: 60-70 pounds (male), 40-50 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-18 years

The largest of the three poodle breeds, the standard poodle, is a lively and intelligent companion. Often ranked highly when it comes to intelligence, the Standard Poodle is athletic and versatile. They are often considered hypoallergenic with their tightly curled hair. While most people think of poodles as “frou-frou” dogs, that couldn’t be further from the truth. They can be goofy and willing participants in any activity.

15. Weimaraner

Weimaraner

Characteristics
  • Height: 25-27 inches (male), 23-25 inches (female)
  • Weight: 70-90 pounds (male), 55-75 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-13 years

An active companion, the Weimaraner makes a great jogging buddy. Their distinctive silver coloring will turn anyone’s head when you’re running together. Great with kids, this breed will do well in a variety of environments if you meet his exercise needs.


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