Giant breeds are a great addition to many homes, and when owners are fully prepared to handle the unique responsibility of sharing their lives with a big dog, the rewards can be endless.
Giant dog breeds typically stand 26+ inches at the shoulder and/or weigh 100+ pounds.
Many giant breeds are mature, soft and relaxed dogs as adults and require less exercise than most smaller dogs, so they can make better pets for small living arrangements, such as apartments. Because they are larger animals, they are less likely to be intimidated by other people and thus are much more adaptable to meeting friends, family members, and children of owners. They are normally very calm and are great family dogs. If they sense a threat towards their owner, they will become very protective. They are, in general, stronger than other breeds and many giant breeds are well known for their working abilities. Giant breeds often have health-related disadvantages when compared to smaller dogs and caring for them is usually more expensive than for smaller dogs. They eat more than smaller breeds and sometimes require specialty diets to tackle weight and joint management.