Template:Multiple image A giant dog breed has no universal height or weight classification, although some groups define "giant breeds" as those heavier than 50 kilograms (Template:Convert/pround lb).
Many giant breeds are mature, soft and relaxed dogs as adults and require less exercise than most smaller dogs. Because they are larger animals, they are less likely to be intimidated by other people and thus are much more adaptable to meeting friends, family members, and children of owners. They are normally very calm and are great family dogs. If they sense a threat towards their owner, they will become very protective. They are, in general, stronger than other breeds and many giant breeds are well known for their working abilities. Giant breeds often have health-related disadvantages when compared to smaller dogs and caring for them is usually more expensive than for smaller dogs. Giant breeds are prone to bone and cartilage disorders due to their longer growing period.
Notable giant dogs Edit
- Giant George was a blue Great Dane previously recognised as the world's tallest living dog, and the tallest dog ever by Guinness World Records.
- Titan was an American male white Great Dane who was a holder of the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest dog.
- Zeus was a Great Dane from Otsego, Michigan, United States, famous for being named the world's tallest dog for the 2012 and 2013 Guinness Book of World Records.
- Zorba, an English Mastiff from the United Kingdom, weighed in 1989: 343 lbs (155.6 kg) and measured almost eight feet long from nose to tail.
Giant breeds Edit
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The following breeds are generally described as giant breeds:
- Akbash Dog
- Alaskan Malamute
- Anatolian Shepherd
- Armenian Gampr
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Black Russian Terrier
- Fila Brasileiro
- Bucovina Shepherd Dog
- Bully Kutta
- Cane Corso
- Cão de Gado Transmontano
- Caucasian Shepherd Dog
- Central Asian Shepherd Dog
- Dogue Brasileiro
- Dogue de Bordeaux
- English Mastiff
- Estrela Mountain Dog
- Great Dane
- Great Pyrenees
- Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
- Irish Wolfhound
- Kangal Dog
- Neapolitan Mastiff
- Perro de Presa Canario
- Pyrenean Mastiff
- Rafeiro do Alentejo
- Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog
- Saint Bernard 
- Scottish Deerhound
- Spanish Mastiff
- Tibetan Mastiff
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Mehus-Roe, Kristin (2005). "The Dog For You". The Original Dog Bible. BowTie Press. pp. 62–63. ISBN 1-931993-34-3. https://archive.org/details/originaldogbible00mehu/page/62.
- ↑ Royal Canin Template:Webarchive
- ↑ "Biggest Dog World Record". http://mostextreme.org/biggest_dog.php. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- ↑ "Is The Cane Corso Right For Me? - Cane Corso Association of America". Canecorso.org. http://www.canecorso.org/is-the-cane-corso-right-for-me.html. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
- ↑ "Newfoundland Club of America: The Breed Standard for the Newfoundland Dog". Ncanewfs.org. http://www.ncanewfs.org/standard.shtml#.V6oxflsrJpg. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
- ↑ "FAQ – Saint Bernard Club of America". Saintbernardclub.org. http://saintbernardclub.org/looking-for-a-saint-bernard/faq/. Retrieved 2018-04-09.