Top 10 Heavy Dog Breeds

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Not everyone is into purse pooches – some dog people need a heavyweight by their side. If you want a canine that tips the scales, here’s our list of the top 10 heavy dog breeds.

They aren’t lap dogs, easy-on-the-wallet food-wise or practical for those who drive a compact car, but make no mistake these bulky best buddies pack a whole lotta love into a whole lotta dog. These are some of the Top 10 Heavy Dog Breeds around.

Great Dane

Weighing in at up to 200 pounds, this gentle giant is also one of the tallest dogs around, measuring up to 34 inches at the wither (or shoulder). While he was bred for the hunt, today most North American versions do nothing more than hunt for treats under the sofa cushions. (Photo credit: David Pegzlz/Shutterstock)


Known as the Gentle Giant, this ginormous water dog with the sweet, gentle face and easy-going personality is one hefty heap of love. Though it’s not unusual for them to land in the 200 pound range, a Newfoundland has actually clocked in at 260 pounds. (Photo credit: Pandas/Shutterstock)

Neapolitan Mastiff

You just have to know that anything with the word “mastiff” is going to be super-sized but the Neapolitan Mastiff with his long droopy face, drooly kiss and quiet demeanor takes it to the max by easily tipping the scales at close to 200 pounds. (Photo credit: Christian Mueller/Shutterstock)

Caucasian Shepherd Dog

This massive pooch hails from Central Asia and typically weighs in around the 190 pound mark though he has been known to reach 250. His intimidating size sees him used as a guard dog however the flip side of this big boy is a warm, friendly and eager-to-please family pooch. (Photo credit: Julia Shepeleva/Shutterstock)

Giant Alaskan Malamute

This giant version of the typical Malamute stands close to 35 inches tall and weighs more than twice that of his smaller, diminutive cousin. Hitting the 190 pound mark, this super strong sled dog with the gentle personality proves he’s more than fluff! (Photo credit: Dekcos/Shutterstock)

English Mastiff

This gentle giant with the animated face and sagging jowls is one of the shorter – yet heftier – versions of a mastiff. While he typically weighs in the 160-175 pound range he has been known to reach up to 250 pounds. (Photo credit: Kachalkina Veronika/Shutterstock)

Anatolian Shepherd

This Turkish delight was originally bred to protect livestock and in spite of his 150 pound size, he’s just a big pup when it comes to kids and and playtime. Smart, loyal and of course naturally protective make this big boy another hefty favorite. (Photo credit: rebeccaashworth/Shutterstock)


This shaggy, affable looking mountain dog with the lion’s mane comes from Germany and is said to have a little Newfoundland and a little Saint Bernard in him. Known for his stable, calm, affectionate nature, this loving family pooch can easily hit the 170 pound mark. (Photo credit: Christian Mueller/Shutterstock)

Saint Bernard

This heavy hero was bred for search and rescue missions in the Swiss Alps and can travel for miles through deep snow. Typically you can expect him to weigh up to 200 pounds but the males of this loyal, gentle breed have been known to land in the 260 pound range. (Photo credit: Grigorita Ko/Shutterstock)

Irish Wolfhound

Finishing off our list of heavy dog breeds, the Irish Wolfhound is one of the few dogs that can cast a shadow over a Great Dane and they have the heft to go with the height. This quiet, noble boy with the easy-going personality can easily weigh in at the 180 pound mark. (Photo credit: Jana Oudova/Shutterstock)

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