Big Paws, Bigger Hearts: 10 Gentle Giants You Should Own


When it comes to the dog world, we can find dogs in all shapes and sizes. From small with big personalities, to medium sized with tons of energy, and to giant with the gentlest of temperaments. While they are often viewed as “dangerous or scary”, these breeds will definitely change your mind when you meet them. Today, we are going to introduce you to the gentle giants of the dog world and look at how you can add one of these wonderful dogs to your family.

1) Mastiff

Mastiffs are the heaviest dog breed in the world.
  • Height:  27.5 inches and up (female), 30 inches and up (male)
  • Weight: 120 to 170 pounds (female), 160 to 230 pounds (male)
  • Life Expectancy: 6 to 10 years

When it comes to gentle giants, the Mastiff, or English Mastiff, is definitely one of my favorite breeds. In fact, I own two of these wonderful dogs and I have found that they add a special dynamic to any home.

The breed is the heaviest breed of dog on the planet; however, they are not the tallest. Still, Mastiffs are no shrinking violet with males standing at least 30 inches at the shoulder and weighing upwards, and even over, 200 pounds.

They are identified by their massive appearance with thick chest and legs, massive head that has a wrinkled forehead that makes them look kind. The body should be rectangular in shape with a longer body than they are tall. Overall, this should be a massive looking dog with a solid appearance and good bone.

An Excellent Family Dog

Mastiffs come in fawn or apricot with a black mask or brindle.

However, looks aside, the Mastiff should be a patient and loving companion. They do very well with children; however, they tend to go through a bull in a china shop stage. This means that they can easily hurt people without meaning to.

While they can be stubborn and run on “Mastiff time” for commands, they are fairly easy to train when you use gentle techniques. They are a sensitive breed and even a raised voice will worry them. They are very protective of their family and are naturally suspicious of strangers so they do need

Finally, Mastiffs are not meant to be outdoor dogs. They are a Velcro breed that loves to be with their owners. They are very loyal dogs and prefer to be with you as much as possible.

Many breed rescues offer Mastiffs available for adoption. 

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