Most large dog breeds were bred for a purpose or function. Some breeds were meant to be , others . Dogs with great endurance brought livestock or produce to market or protected the farmer's animals. Knowing the dog's original purpose can be very important in determining the amount of exercise a dog will need. Large dog breeds that were bred to work all day will need daily activity to work off their energy.
Large Dogs - Dry Dog Food - PetBreeds
@anonymous: True, individual specimens of each breed might be much larger than the average listed. Certain breeders may consistently produce larger individuals. However, you have to think of these dogs as outliers- not the norm. I felt sticking with breed standards was a fairer way to do things.
Largest Dog Breeds - American Kennel Club
@Akitajitsu: The old standard for the Corso was Males- 25-28" 110-130, Females-90-110lbs. The AKC and its minions, breeding only to standards vs function and restructuring the breed to type by bringing boxer(the goofiest and most useless breed over 45lbs) blood into the mix has significantly reduced the Corso. I've even seen 88-100lbs for the standard. These dogs are larger than Akitas 99 times out of 100. Luckily, a silly breed like the boxer can't be used to restructure the Akita, so they have remained a solid, hard nosed dog.
Large & Big Dog Breeds, Large Dog List
The Shikoku is one of the native Japanese breeds intermediate in size between the large Akita Inu and the small Shiba Inu; all are within the Spitz family of dogs. I wants him!The Neapolitan Mastiff isn’t all looks, however. They’re noble and protective with a history of being effective guard dogs. Weighing up to 150 pounds, this giant dog breed requires an owner experienced with handling large dogs.The Shikoku is one of the native Japanese breeds intermediate in size between the large Akita Inu and the small Shiba Inu; all are within the Spitz family of dogs. I wants him!There are dogs and then there are DOGS. Large in both size and personality, these pups may require some extra muscle, but they're worth the effort. Here's a sampling of large dog breeds.