The only real dogs are large dogs. Maybe only a large dog could have made the unbelievable journey from Scotland to Yorkshire Lassie undertook in “Lassie Come Home.” The original Lassie movie wasn’t only the best Lassie film, but among the greatest children’s films ever made. The faithful and determined Lassie was played by a Rough Collie named Pal. If you are considering buying or adopting a large dog, it is important to research the different dog breeds ahead. Each dog breed has distinct characteristics and only the right ones will be the ideal fit for your loved ones and home.
Labrador Retriever- These wonderful family and athletic dogs can be yellow, chocolate or black in color. Labs are intelligent, versatile and friendly puppies. They are great around kids and other dogs. Their coat isn’t long, but it is a double coat so that they require regular grooming. Labs are large and active dogs, so having a yard would be preferable.
German Shepherd- The famous Rin Tin Tin was rescued from WWI France and brought to the US where he starred in several movies. Rin Tin Tin IV later starred in the 1950’s TV series “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.” Today this breed is often employed as police, guard and service dogs, even though they may also be loyal family dogs. These dogs are large and powerful and have a herding instinct, so very good training is essential. This exceptionally trainable and trusted strain requires regular grooming and exercise.
Other strains of collie include the medium sized Border Collie, and the Bearded Collie (15th breed below). Smooth Collies have short hair while Rough Collies have a stunning, full coat. Nowadays, Rough and Smooth Collies are mostly household and show dogs, unlike their herding ancestors. With training, they may be great with children and other pets. These gentle and intelligent dogs require regular exercise and grooming. The Smooth Collie really requires more grooming even though it has shorter hair.
Goldens have more hair, having a gorgeous double coat that can be different shades of gold. They require more regular grooming. Highly intelligent, friendly and gentle, this breed is an ideal family pet. These dogs are extremely good with children and other pets and dogs. This is an active breed that likes companionship and regular exercise. Having a lawn is preferable.
Rottweiler- When you hear a ‘ruff’ or ‘bark’ from behind you, be certain it isn’t a Rottweiler; this breed is only capable of saying ‘woof.’ The thick Rottweiler isn’t the largest breed, but it might be the most powerful. These puppies are versatile working dogs and excellent guard dogs. However, this breed has a far calmer demeanor than the Doberman Pinscher. Rottweilers can be family dogs, but good training is essential. These protective dogs require regular exercise, but grooming requirements are minimal.
Doberman Pinscher- Like the Rottweiler, the Doberman generally has a black coat with tan markings. Dobermans also are excellent guard dogs. The muscular Doberman is smaller than the Rottweiler, but is faster and more active. Doberman Pinschers are a really aggressive breed, so being experienced at managing dogs is very important when getting one. They are not good around small children and other pets. They are an active breed requiring regular exercise and have a high capacity for training.
Boxer- The square-faced Boxer is a good service and working dog. These dogs are loyal companions and protective, making them good guard dogs. With training, they are great around kids and other pets. They like companionship and regular exercise. Only minimal grooming is required. Like all the previous breeds, having a fenced yard would be preferable. An apartment is possible with daily walks or outside exercise.
Saint Bernard- The famous rescue dog of the Swiss Alps, the St. Bernard is one of the biggest breeds by weight. These big dogs are intelligent, loyal and protective, making great family dogs. They are good around children and other pets. Putting up with some drool and routine grooming are downsides. St. Bernards shouldn’t be put in hot climates.
Siberian Husky- Siberians are the most popular breed of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. These dogs are good around children and huge dogs, but not around smaller pets. Siberians need to be in a cool climate and can tolerate extremely cold temperatures. These dogs need regular grooming and exercise. They are not apartment dogs.
Great Dane- The gentle giant is one of the world’s tallest dogs and the world record for puppy height is a member of a Great Dane named Gibson. These dogs are often guard dogs, but also make good family pets. With training, these amiable dogs are great around kids and other dogs. They need regular exercise and having a yard is essential. Grooming requirements are minimal.
German Shorthaired Pointer- This intelligent and lively breed has a coat of liver (brown), or liver and white. These dogs are tireless, versatile gun and hunting dogs. They are good for a busy family and perform well around children. With training, they can get along with other dogs. This is not an apartment dog.
Greyhound- The distinctively shaped Greyhound is the world’s fastest dog breed. These dogs can have coats of just about any color. They’re versatile hunting dogs that produce good family pets. With training, they do well around kids and other dogs. Smaller pets are a terrible idea and a fenced yard is a must.
Mastiff- One of the largest dog breeds in the world is the Mastiff. There are many types of Mastiff like the English Mastiff, Bullmastiff and Tibetan Mastiff. This protective and loyal breed is often employed as a guard dog. Despite their massive appearance these dogs are known to be gentle family companions. They aren’t recommended around small children and other pets. Regular exercise is a fantastic idea, while only minimal grooming is necessary.
The English and Irish Setters were bird dogs that developed into pointers. The Gordon Setter can be used as a personal bird dog. Today, these dogs make wonderful family pets. The setters require a lot of attention and exercise. They require regular grooming and using a yard is recommended.
This herding breed is related to the Old English Sheepdog. These active and lively dogs make excellent family pets. They are great around children and other pets. These dogs need regular grooming and exercise. A yard is advised.
Old English Sheepdog- Their hair has a propensity to cover their eyes. This shaggy dog is larger than the Bearded Collie. These jolly dogs make wonderful family pets. They are affectionate and good around children. They can also be a little clumsy and might try to herd things. They require regular grooming and exercise as they will shed during the warmer months.