Enjoy big dogs, huge paws, and the need of taking care of them? We’ve listed 10 dog breeds with the upmost class, reputation, and unique characteristics that’ll melt your heart. Let’s take a walk and examine each big dogs, breeds, and all they have to offer!
Top 10 Dogs with Large Paws
1- Great Dane
Starting off the large dog list are Great Danes. Most dog owners know that the Great Dane is one of the biggest dog breed in the world!
Their paws range between 5.5cm to 14cm in length. Adding on with their great paw size, an average size for a male adult Great Dane range between 35.5 inches to 43 inches. That’s roughly 3.58 feet of dog you’re caring for!
Though their sizes are huge, they’re amazing and loving breeds. Great Danes are gentle, affectionate, and highly social with people and other animals.
2- Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees are excellent dogs with well-developed patience and an overall calm attitude. They range between 27 inches to 32 inches in height, along with a thick coat and strong work ethics to protect those from harm.
These quirky breeds are high on the popularity scale, along with their energy and easygoing temperament.
Newfoundland dogs live up to 11 years and a powerful working dog that pays attention to their surroundings. This breed is excellent with children and simple to train and trust.
4- Saint Bernard
On a Saint Bernard, their hindquarters, upper arms, and lower legs are strong and muscular. They’re best in cold weather, due to their thick coat, and frequent grooming due to excessive shedding.
Challenging to train, the Saint Bernard are one of the most intelligent breeds to have in your home. Discover effective ways to help your dog learn obedience with interactive dog toys and organized obedience training.
5- Brazilian Mastiff
The Fila Brasileiro, Brazilian Mastiff, are one of the biggest dog in the world. They’re known as working guard dogs, with distinctive thick and loose skin.
Courageous, self-assured, and a sucker for tummy rubs, the Brazilian Mastiff weighs between 85 to 120 pounds, 23.5 to 30.5 inches tall regarding their height, and live up to 12 years. These breeds aren’t as friendly to unfamiliar faces and/or environments, but excellent source of affection and safe around children.
6- English Mastiff
If you own or consider owning an English Mastiff, be mindful that they are considered a big dog, loves to drool, and excellent for first-time dog owners looking for a bigger pet.
Old English Mastiffs are great in cooler weather, however, their adaptability is lower than most dogs. These breeds are excellent around family, but not too easy for training. Consider obedience training and having a lot of patience with the English Mastiff before giving up (or getting drooled on).
7- Irish Wolfhound
On average, Wolfhound pups mature between 18 to 24 months. They’re full of play and energy, so a relaxed training style may not work so well.
However, this big breed is muscular, packed with speed, and keen observation. The Irish Wolfhound are fierce guard dogs with strong patience for kids.
8- Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound signifies grace, elegance, and a polite attitude once trained properly. Their average height is 30 inches to 33 inches, weighing between 80 to 115 pounds.
Regular exercise is excellent for the big dog since they’re large in size and enjoy running. Around the puppy stage they’re more destructive if he/she live in a limited area (apartments, condos, etc). Although full of energy during their youth, they’ll develop a need to sit on the couch as they reach adulthood.
9- Anatolian Shepherd
Native of Turkey (the country, not the food), the Anatolian Shepherd contains specific traits that resemble the size and color of their livestock to protect against predators.
They stand up to 30 inches at the shoulder. Adding on to their keen height, their weight ranges between 100 to 150 pounds, labeling them as one of the biggest dogs in the world.
Finally, there’s the Leonberger standing at over 32 inches tall with plenty of weight attached to him/her. These dogs have lush lion-like mane around their neck and chest, with majestic features and grace.
These dogs are easy to please and train. Group obedience classes, frequent grooming and large paw maintenance, and regular exercise promotes a healthy puppy/dog.
Healthy hacks for large dog paws!
We adore our dogs, regardless of the size of their paws. However, each breed have specific maintenance and care expectations based on their size and how he/she lives.
Large dogs need close attention with their paws and padding. Lack of proper care or avoiding these healthy hacks may cause potential paw injury or difficulty walking. Below are several health hacks for taking better care of your large dogs’ paws.
Topping the list is grooming. A well-groomed dog is a happy dog. Owners with a big dog will notice their nails scratching the ground when they walk.
What many may not notice hat the hair between the huge pads on your dog can get matted. Especially if they’re outside a lot, during the warm seasons sticker bugs and tiny pin-like bugs can get stuck in those tight regions. This will create difficulty with their movement.
Trimming your dog’s nails, the hair between the paw pads, and regular checks will promote healthy paw health on your fur baby.
Moisture and Massaging
Wondering if it’s normal for dog breeds to have their paws pampered with soothing moisturizers and massages? Believe it or not, massaging improves circulation to the paws. Plus, add moisture for a relaxing treatment for your dog, promoting softer paws and reduced chances of injury and/or cracking.
Remain Aware of Weather Conditions
Most large dog breeds love the great outdoors. If the weather is warm and just right, a soothing walk at the park or level trail can promote great vibes and a healthy heart.
However, if it’s too hot outside, their paws will crack or blister. During the cool times, like fall and winter, where there’s snow and ice, limit their time outside and use pet-friendly boots on their paws. Ice and snow increase cracking on the paw pads.
Love, affection, and obedience are major factors with raising the perfect big dog. Owning big dogs, huge paws, and uncapped energy may grow overwhelming if you’re not in the market for a bigger breed. However, through proper care, monitoring their paw pads for swelling and/or cracking, your big dog will love you a thousand fold!