The Top 10 Biggest Dogs in the World

The Top 10 Biggest Dogs in the World

How big are the biggest dogs in the world? Really big. Here are the top 10 biggest dog breeds in the world.

Passion for big stuff is evident everywhere you look (think Big Gulp beverages and the Sears Tower). You might think the obsession with the biggest dogs in the world is just about size. But ask anyone who’s lost their heart to these gentle giants — whether it’s a dog owner or a pet care professional — and they’ll be the first to tell you that that’s not the case at all.

In addition to their larger presence, the biggest dogs in the world are often the sweetest, bred for even-keeled temperaments, and have larger-than-life doggie IQs. (That’s why they’re a big favorite of dog walkers and sitters alike.)

Here’s the lowdown on some of the largest breeds:

Great Dane

Solemn-faced and stoic, Great Danes are known for patience and dependability, as well as astounding size. A friendly breed, many of the biggest dogs in the world have been Great Danes.

In April 2017, a Great Dane named Freddy was awarded the prestigious title of the Tallest Dog in the World by the Guinness World Records. Despite his intimidating size (he measures out at 7′ 4″ when standing on his hind legs), Freddy is just a big ol’ sweetheart and has quickly become Britain’s newest — and tallest — heartthrob. Freddy was preceded by two other Great Danes in the title of Tallest Dog. The last holder was Zeus, a Great Dane from Michigan who died in 2014 and stood 7 feet 4 inches on his hind legs. Before him was Giant George, a blue Great Dane from Arizona, who measured 7’3″ and died in 2013.

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