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 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.