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Large Dog Breeds

If you are looking for a companion or watch dog you should probably consider large dog breeds. Large dog breeds generally require a lot of space and exercise but there are major differences between particular breeds in all segments including in behavior. Make sure you inform yourself very well about particular dog breeds to be able to determine which one has the most of desired characteristics.

Hovawart is a German medium size dog breed, while adult dog weights about 25 to 45 kilograms (55-90 pounds). They are very loyal and devoted to their owners and are also appropriate for families with small children.

St. Bernard is one of the largest dog breeds originating from Switzerland. Adult dogs can weight up to 117 kilograms (258 pounds) but despite their large size they are very friendly and gentle. However, they need to be properly trained and socialized while still a puppy.

Dalmatian is notable for its white coat with black or liver spots. Its name seems to refer to Croatian region Dalmatia but the breed’s origin remains unknown. Adult Dalmatian weights about 30 to 35 kilograms (66-77 ponds) and are very active. The breed has genetic predispositions towards deafness, bladder stones and gout.

German Shepherd Dog is one of the most popular large dog breeds, while its name revels the country of its origin - Germany. They are very intelligent but obedient, loyal and protective. German Shepherds are very active and are also appropriate for families with small children. The breed has genetic predispositions for some ailments such as hip and elbow dysplasia which might cause arthritis, ear infections, degenerative myelopathy and bleeding disorder.