Large Dog Breeds
Does your heart beat for large dogs? Many people prefer bigger dogs as companions and we are lucky that there are many different larger breed types to choose from.
To help you find your dream furry friend, we have put a list together with the most popular of the larger dog breeds that are available in Australia. Learn more about their history, characteristics, temperament, common health conditions and lots of other interesting facts to help you to choose the perfect dog for you and your family!
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The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier breeds. The breed is tall and sturdy with a muscular body and covered in a thick, course coat of fur.
The Akita is distinctive large and powerful dog with an aloof attitude. The Akita can be territorial and the dog is not usually welcoming of strangers.
The Alaskan Malamute is a large and muscular domesticated dog with a heavy fur coat and bounds of energy.
American Eskimo Dog
Developed in England as a working dog to hunt hare, Harriers have all the essential attributes of a scenting pack hound. Running and scenting abilities are particularly significant features of the breed.
The modern Australian Bulldog was in Queensland in the early 1990s. It was developed from an English Bulldog and an Australian pig hunting dog.
In Australian slang, a cobber is a ‘mate’, and the name Cobberdog was chosen because it means ‘dog-friend’, referring to the breed’s primary purpose as a therapy and assistance dog.
The Australian Shepherd (also known as the Aussie) is loveable medium sized working dog with a huge amount of energy and drive.
The Basset Hound is a medium-sized domesticated dog with short, muscular legs and a pair of long drooping ears.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a larger breed of dog with a tri-coloured thick double coat.
The Boerboel is a very large domesticated working dog. Muscular, exceedingly strong and loyal to a fault, the South African Mastiff is a tough breed, bred for guarding the homestead in hard African conditions.
The Boxer is a medium-sized domesticated dog with a very muscular and stocky build, short shiny coat and a long powerful tail.
The Bull Arab is a tough, active dog with an excellent balance of power, speed and endurance. As dominant and potentially aggressive hunters, Bull Arabs aren’t for everyone.
The Bullmastiff is a large strong breed of dog that has been used as a guard dog for many years.
The Cane Corso is of Italian origin; a medium to large-sized dog with a muscular, strong and athletic appearance, the distinguished Cane Corso is an ancient dog of Roman decent.
Rough Collies, also known as Long-Haired Collies, are a medium-large sized dog that were originally bred for herding.
The Doberman Pinscher (usually referred to simply as “Doberman”) is a large, domestic dog named after its creator, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann.
Dogue De Bordeaux
The Dogue De Bordeaux, also known as the Bordeaux Mastiff or Bordeauxdog, is a large dog of the French Mastiff breed.
The English Pointer (or simply “Pointer”) is a large breed of dog originally bred as a gun dog. They are one of the oldest breeds in England, dating back over 3 centuries.
The German Shepherd is a large working dog that originated in, you guessed it, Germany. A low-maintenance breed, the German Shepherd is the 3rd most popular breed in Australia according to Australian Geographic.
German Short Haired Pointer
German Shorthaired Pointers are a large sized dog. Their coats are short, thick, and water-repellent with the head area featuring softer hair than the rest of the body.
Golden Doodle (Groodle)
The Groodle also known as Goldendoodle is a hybrid breed or crossbreed dog. First developed some time in the 1990s, the Groodle is a mix breed with the Golden Retriever cross Poodle.
The Golden Retriever is one of the world’s favourite dog breeds. Originally bred as gun dogs, the Golden Retriever is a smart, trainable and friendly companion.
The Great Dane is one of the largest dog breeds, classified as “giant”. They are known for not only their huge size but also their gentle, friendly nature. They are often referred to as “gentle giants”.
The greyhound is a large dog of incredible speed that was originally bred for hunting small animals but is it best known as a racing dog today.