Man’s best friend comes in all shapes and sizes. Nowadays, they are mostly used as companions but it wasn’t always that way. In the past, dogs were used extensively as work animals in various roles. Their intelligence and adaptability meant that they could be used in a variety of ways. People were also able to use selective breeding to accentuate the characteristics that we most wanted or needed. Smaller breeds were used for hunting mice, rats, rabbits as well as other small animals. Larger breeds were used as retrievers, tasked with fetching prey and returning it to their owner.
Many dogs were bred for hunting large prey, heavy draft work as well as guarding families or properties. This required size and strength which resulted in very large breeds. With industrialisation, however, the need for working dogs declined. While some breeds are still used as guard dogs, many of the larger breeds found themselves out of work. Instead, they found new roles as family companions. Many make for wonderful, albeit gigantic, pets. Their size also makes them excellent protectors of the home and family.
There are numerous large species of dog found in various countries around the world, and here’s a look at the largest of them all.
Largest Dog Breed #10: French Mastiff
Also known as Dogue de Bordeaux, this large dog is easily identified by their droopy ears and wrinkly faces. They are one of the oldest French breeds and have a long history of working in a range of roles. Their thick skin and wrinkles help to protect them if they are attacked. Adults will grow to be around 25 inches tall with a muscular, stocky build. Large adults will generally weigh in at just over 62kg.
Despite their intimidating appearance, the French Mastiff is a very docile breed. They are devoted to their families, love kids, and are great around other pets. They are powerful dogs that require a lot of exercise. They are great for people that have a lot of time and energy to give them. Well trained and cared for individuals make for wonderful family companions that will defend their families if they feel attacked.