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    Dogs are usually cute, gentle and affectionate animals. Biggest Dog BreedHowever, there are certain breeds that exceed the common features of ordinary dogs especially in terms of built, height and weight. Although these animals have massive bodies, many people still find them very interesting. Aside from these and other important aspects, it is also good to know the biggest dog breed.

    The Biggest Dog Breed

    What is the biggest dog breed? In terms of height, the biggest dog breed is the Irish wolfhound. It is the tallest breed on average. However, it is very possible for a Great Dane to surpass the height of an Irish wolfhound. For males, the average height of the Irish wolfhound at the withers ranges from 33 to 36 inches or 85 to 95 centimeters. For females, the average height ranges from 30 to 34 inches or 50 to 80 centimeters. In terms of weight, these dogs range from 101 to 154 pounds or 46 to 70 kilograms.

    In some cases, Great Danes can grow bigger than Irish wolfhounds. One of the tallest ever recorded had a height of 107 centimeters or 3½ feet at the withers. Because it is generally one of the tallest, many people referred to this particular breed as the ‘Apollo of all breeds.’ On hind legs, this kind of dog stands as high as 215.9 centimeters or 7-feet and 1-inch.

    Additional Facts and Other Interesting Details

    The Irish wolfhound is particular breed of dog that originated in Ireland, which is also referred to as cu faoil. It comes in different colors including fawn, pure white and black. Meanwhile, some of these dogs are red, brindle and grayish in color.

    In terms of temperament, this type of dog is generally generous, patient and sweet-tempered. It is thoughtful, and it can be trusted with children. More importantly, it is unconditionally loyal, willing and dignified compared to other breeds. However, this breed is very sensitive. It requires non-overbearing training methods, an encouraging attitude and a positive environment.

    Although this breed of dog has so many different good features, it has a relatively short lifespan. On the average, the life of this dog usually ranges from 5 to 10 years. Some of the most common causes of death include gastric torsion, bone cancer as well as dilated cardiomyopathy. Because it is the tallest amongst all the dog breeds, it is more suited to life in rural areas. However, it has the ability to adjust fairly to urban as well as suburban life.

    1. Chetan

      November 23, 2010 at 4:31 am

      Helo, i have seen photo above dog. i can get its breed. so let me know which breed it belongs to..

    2. behnoud

      March 12, 2011 at 1:45 am

      hi every one
      its interesting to know that the biggest dog breed in the world is the persian (iranian) dog that is with three different names in the world: Iranian Shahsavan Dog , iranian mastiff or Shahsavan Watchdog.

      This rugged working dog is found in north-western Iran, where it is kept by the Shahsavan tribes as a guardian of their settlements and livestock. Although the Shahsavan Mastiff is very rare and unknown outside its native region, the breed is said to have a healthy population of almost 3000 specimens in Iran. Closely related to the Kars Dog of Turkey and the Iranian Sage Mazandarani, as well as to the Caucasian Ovcharka, from which it descends, the Shahsavan Sage Ghafghazi has remained pure and unchanged since the 17th century, when it was employed by the Shahsavan warriors to protect the northern border of Persia. Ever since that time, the Iranian Sage Ghafghazi has been a celebrated watchdog and companion of the Shahsavan nomads, closely following their caravans and protecting the people, camels and sheep from beasts and thieves. The Shahsavan Mastiffs move slow and seem relaxed, almost not interested in the scenery that surrounds them, but these powerful dogs are extremely quick to react with immense force when they need to defend the caravan on its way to the markets where the Shahsavan merchants go to sell their famous rugs, carpets and artwork. Considered by many to simply be a regional sub-type of the Caucasian Shepherd Dog, this ancient breed is neither standardized nor recognized, but is bred to a consistent type, based on physical appearance, temperament and working abilities.
      While tolerant and protective of familiar dogs in the pack, the Sage Ghafghazi can be very aggressive towards strange dogs and will not hesitate to engage in a conflict even unprovoked. However, although the breed is very aloof and suspicious of strangers, it is not overly vicious towards people it doesn’t know, showing great restraint and ability to discern between those visitors with possible bad intent and those who present no real threat to the tribe. Gentle with children, loyal and protective, these even-tempered and intuitive Molossers are reliable and obedient working dogs, prized for their great intelligence, strength and stamina. The Shahsavan Sage Ghafghazi is a well-boned and deep-chested breed, with a large head and strong neck. The body is very muscular and powerful, but fairly lean and compact, with a straight back and long sturdy legs. Some specimens have cropped ears and docked tails, but the majority of Shahsavan dogs are unaltered. The fully watherproof rich coat is thick, harsh and densely undercoated, often used as a wool substitute by the Shahsavan artisans. All shades are common, mostly bicolours, such as white with large black patches and brindle with white markings, but the most valued colourings are solid white, cream, fawn and wolf-grey. The max height is around 96 cm and max weight around 120 kg . have good time.

    3. james lalnunzaua

      July 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      Hi, i have seen photo above dog. in case can get its breed. so let me know which breed it belongs to..

    4. Jeff

      August 19, 2011 at 2:10 am

      What is the breed of the dog in the photo?

    5. Katie

      February 16, 2012 at 5:18 am

      The dog in the above picture is a White Swiss Shepherd cross with maybe a newfoundland. :)

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