Tag: Giant Dog Breeds

Spanish Mastiff

Spanish Mastiff Overview Like other Mastiffs, the Spanish Mastiff is an ancient breed thought to come from the Molosser dog, a breed found as far back as 2000 BC. This dog breed is a flock-guarding dog and works well as a guardian still to this day. He has also …

Rafeiro do Alentejo

Rafeiro do Alentejo Overview Hailing from the Alentejo lowlands of Portugal, the Rafeiro do Alentejo, or Portuguese Mastiff is a descendant of other mastiffs from the Tibetan highlands thousands of years before. They were brought across Europe and developed to help move large herds of cattle. As they …

Tosa

Tosa Overview Dog fighting has long been a pastime of Japan, and the Tosa was the ultimate fighting dog. Dog fights were large, ceremonial occasions, with dogs dressed in robes and paraded around with white robes around their bodies and necks. As western influence grew in Japan, the …

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff Overview It is thought that the Tibetan Mastiff is one of the most ancient breeds and ancestor to many of the mastiff breeds available today. This dog breed was raised as a fierce protector of homes and entire villages. Tibet was isolated for many years, making them a …

Saint Bernard

  Saint Bernard Overview In the 1600s, the monks of Great St. Bernard Pass kept large sized dogs to use as draft animals and guard dogs. The dogs were then used as rescue dogs in the 1700s. Using their sense of smell, the dogs could find lost people, …

Perro de Presa Canario

Perro de Presa Canario Overview The name of this breed roughly translates to canary dog of prey and is named after the Canary Islands were the breed was created.  The Presa Canario is developed from large dogs owned by Spanish conquistadors.  They were used to protect estates and …

Newfoundland Dog

Newfoundland Dog Overview Also known as the “Newfie”,  this dog breed has a long history. He is most likely a combination of several water dogs bred with native Canadian dogs at ports and other water-based locations. The breed then split into two, the Lesser St. John’s Dog (Or Labrador Retriever) …

Neapolitan Mastiff

  Neapolitan Mastiff Overview The Neapolitan Mastiff is a descendant of Greek and Roman ancient mastiffs who were known for going into battle with the Roman armies. They were also used to fight in arenas and guard castles and estates. The Neapolitan has been a fixture of Italy …

Mastiff

Mastiff Overview This breed comes from ancient origins and holds the title of oldest English breed. His strength and courage impressed those across Europe. The Romans took him back to Rome to fight with gladiators, bears and other opponents in the arena, while others in Europe used him for …

Leonberger

Leonberger Overview The Leonberger’s creation can be traced to one person, Heinrich Essig of the town of Leonberg, Germany. He was a breeder that wanted to create a large, noble dog to help promote his breeding and town. Several large breeds of dog were bred together including Scenthounds, …

Irish Wolfhound

Irish Wolfhound Overview The Irish Wolfhound is well known as one of the largest dog breeds in existence. It was used throughout the Middle Ages to hunt boar, stags and elk as well as wolves. They also served a purpose guarding property and going to war with their …

Great Dane

Great Dane Overview At his roots, the Great Dane is from a long line of boar hounds. These dogs were used to hunt boar, bait bulls or even fight in wars. The breed needed to be large, agile, tough and strong. As the breed was refined and became …

Giant Schnauzer

Giant Schnauzer Overview The Giant Schnauzer was originally developed as a cattle-herding dog, and this was his primary job until the widespread introduction of railroads. From there, he transitioned to a guard dog, protecting beer halls and butcher shops in Germany. The Giant Schnauzer is a popular and …

Central Asian Ovtcharka

Central Asian Ovtcharka Overview Originating in the USSR, this ancient working dog breed was used to guard livestock against large predators, such as wolves and bears, and continues to do so today. The Central Asian Ovtcharka is popular in England, Poland and Italy. Due to export prohibitions, this breed …

Cane Corso Mastiff

Cane Corso Mastiff Overview This dog breed is believed to have descended from the old Roman war dog, Canis Pugnax. Over the years, the Cane Corso Mastiff has been highly valued by hunters and farmers for their immense power, loyalty, swiftness, courage and willingness to work. Throughout the …

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff Overview The Bullmastiff was developed in England in the 19th century by cross-breeding Olde English Bulldogs and English Mastiffs. This dog was bred to not only track down, but also keep down, poachers and intruders without much aggression or injury. This dog breed was the ideal ‘Gamekeeper’s Nightdog’. …

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