Big Dog, HUGE PAWS! These 7 Bearish Dogs Come With More To Love
The big dog appeals to many people who want an imposing presence to ward off home intruders, but also be as goofy and as lovable as a regular-sized pooch! Some of the dogs on this list are better off as guard dogs, but with proper training and socialization, all of these dogs can be gentle giants!
The Great Dane is the epitome of the gentle giant. The biggest Great Dane was 43 inches tall and weighed 245 pounds! Great Dane puppies have giant paws and big, goofy smiles! Despite their imposing stature, the Great Dane dog is one of the sweetest dog breeds. They love to cuddle with their owners (and frequently attempt to snuggle in your lap). If you’re looking for a fearless leader to man your home against intruders, think twice before you bring home a Great Dane puppy. They’re not known for their bravery.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of the cutest and cuddliest big dogs around. Take a deep breath before you look at these Bernese Mountain Dog puppies!
Bernese Mountain Dogs are loyal, faithful, bubbly, intelligent and affectionate — making the Bernese the perfect giant dog for a family home.
Here’s another Bernese Mountain Dog puppy because one is never enough!
The Tibetan Mastiff is a big dog that looks like a bear. As their namesake suggests, the Tibetan Mastiff hails from east Asia. A red Tibetan Mastiff became famous as the most expensive dog ever sold. The scarlett fluff-pants sold for a whooping $1.5 MILLION dollars! The Tibetan Mastiff price isn’t always in the millions, but due to their rarity in the United States, you can expect to pay several thousand dollars for a Tibetan Mastiff puppy.
Be warned, the Tibetan Mastiff is a guard dog who won’t adapt to playing frisbee in the park. He’ll be quiet, reserved, and suspicious of strangers. This giant pup will fare best with an experienced dog owner and a traditional job, like guarding livestock or the family home. Although the big Mastiffs are a fearsome sight, Tibetan Mastiff puppies are as adorable as they come!
If you watched or read Peter Pan growing up, you might remember a certain bushy-tailed nanny who diligently looked after the children. “Nana” was a Newfoundland dog, and J.M Barry himself had a Newfoundland named Luath who served as the inspiration behind Nana.
If you have young kids, but still want a big dog — no dog is more gentle or giant than the Newfoundland! Noted for being exceptionally sweet and loving, this big dog breed is the perfect addition to a family.
The Neapolitan Mastiff is a heavy-set dog, with gigantic features. Weighing in up to 155 pounds, this is not the dog for a novice. The Neapolitan Mastiff has a rich history as an ancient dog breed, and was once used to bait bears and jaguars.
If you want a calm but imposing guard dog, the Neapolitan Mastiff is nothing a home intruder will want to mess with. The aloof giant isn’t a barker, and is well known to sneak up on intruders rather than ward them off with a bark. The Neapolitan Mastiff doesn’t start fights, but due to their fearless nature and huge frame, they’ll finish them.
A well-socialized puppy becomes a well-socialized dog. But if you have small children and are looking for a family pet, maybe consider a St. Bernard or Newfoundland over the Mastiff, as aggression can be a trait in the Neapolitan.
If you grew up watching Beethoven, there’s probably a special place in your heart for St. Bernards — slobbering or not! The kindly St. Bernard is a gigantic ball of fluff. St. Bernard puppies might just be the most adorable floof-wizards in the world! If you have a family with kids, a St. Bernard is an ideal choice. This smart and protective hound was used as a rescue dog back in 1700s, which is where the traditional barrel around the neck comes from.
The St. Bernard was well-known for rescuing children from avalanches and carrying them to safety on their back. In modern times, the St. Bernard has continued its reputation as hero dog, frequently making the news for saving the lives of its owners.
The English Mastiff is an even larger breed than their cousin, the Neapolitan. Male English Mastiffs can weigh up to 250 pounds, and the biggest English Mastiff on record weighed in at a staggering 343 pounds. A well-socialized Mastiff is a loving and loyal companion, but they’re best suited for country living, given their massive size. English Mastiff puppies are still pretty big, even at four weeks old!