Dogs come in a whole range of shapes and sizes.
Dogs come in a whole range of shapes and sizes.
Dogs come in a whole range of shapes and sizes.

Canine Gentle Giants: Here are the world's 10 largest breeds of adorable dog - including the loving Saint Bernard 🐕

If you are looking for a puppy, you’re not alone – dog ownership has rocketed in recent years and demand remains at a record high.

UK Kennel Club figures show that the number of people looking for puppies surged during the global pandemic, and 2021 alone saw an increase in registrations of 39.2 per cent year-on-year.

There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.

There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.

You may opt for a small dog if you don’t have much room at home, or a hypoallergenic dog if you suffer from allergies.

But if you have plenty of space and an active lifestyle you might want to consider a larger dog – which tend to make loyal and loving companions and are often more adaptable and easier to train than their more diminutive cousins.

So, if you’re wanting to get a dog and ‘go large’, these are the 10 biggest gentle giants out there.

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