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.
The Hungarian Vizsla (simply referred to as “Vizsla”) is a medium -sized dog originally bred in Hungary for hunting.
The Irish Setter, also known as the Red Setter, is a large sporting dog that can live up to 14 years. The Setter’s long and feathery coat is mahogany or rich chestnut in colour.
The Italian Spinone is a rugged hunting dog that descended from ancient Italian dogs to hunt in harsh terrain. This skilful all-rounder is known for versatility and adaptability.
The Kangal dog is a traditional and very old livestock guardian breed from Turkey that is best suited to an active working role in protecting livestock, such as sheep, cattle and goats, on farms or freeholdings.
The Labradoodle is a crossbreed or hybrid breed dog; a cross between the Labrador and the standard Poodle.
The Labrador Retriever (known simply as the Labrador) is the most popular breed of dog in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA and Canada.
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
Originating in Louisiana in the south of the United States, the multi-purpose Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog is trim yet also tough, well-muscled and powerful, possessing both agility and great endurance.
The Newfoundland is a giant, very muscular, strong dog that is equipped with a heavy double coat of fur.
The Pit Bull Terrier is a strong, loyal and energetic medium-sized domesticated dog with short hair and a stout, muscular profile.
The Poodle is a small and lively domesticated dog, known for its thick, tightly curled coat and enthusiastic nature.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large breed of dog with roots in Southern Africa in the middle of the 17th century. It is known for the strip of hair growing in the opposite direction on its back, giving it the name “Ridgeback”.
The Rottweiler (a.k.a. “Rottie”) is a loyal, courageous and smart dog breed who is known for its unwavering devotion to its owners, whom they will defend at all costs.
The Samoyed (known in Europe as the Bjelkier) is a fluffy, white, spitz-type dog bred originally to help herd and pull sleds. They are friendly and affectionate dogs who thrive on human company.
The Siberian Husky is a gentle but strong medium sized dog. They are best known as working sled dogs but they are popular all around the world.
The Weimaraner is a lean and athletic-looking dog that was originally bred for hunting large game such as wild boars, deer and bears.