Elegant and eye catching, these majestic dogs were named for the mountainous region in southwestern France, where they spent their days historically as sheep guarding dogs. Weighing in at over 100 pounds in adulthood, Great Pyrenees have beautiful, weather resistant coats, V-shaped ears and are consistently pure white in color. These regal companions have calm, sweet dispositions, are loyal and protective by nature, and make great family dogs.
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This distinctive dog is named after the Canadian province it originated in. Affectionately called “Newfies,” these dogs are known for their wonderful patience and gentleness with children. They are highly trainable and learn quickly. Newfoundlands are built to withstand icy temperatures; their webbed feet, thick, water-proof hair and incredible strength gives them their well-known bear-like look. The Newfoundland is most often solid black in color, although coloring can vary. Newfies are gentle-natured and devoted pets, and do best in larger living spaces as a result of their impressive size.
The Saint Bernard is truly a gentle giant! Saint Bernards originally worked as avalanche search and rescue dogs because of their incredible sense of smell and strong build. These intelligent dogs are very large in size but are beloved family companions and playmates. They are good-natured, mellow, and get along very well with children and other animals. As a result of their stature, Saints do best in larger living spaces and thrive on love and attention.
One of the largest breeds in the world, the Anatolian Shepherd is a guard dog with a laid-back personality. Calm, alert and intelligent, this breed’s origins are unknown, but it has been used to guard flocks of animals in recent history. The Anatolian’s long, slender legs give it speed and endurance along with its strength and immense size. This dog is loyal, aloof and independent, and would make an excellent family dog in a large environment.
This breed is considered to be Hungarian, although it probably descends from Tibet. This large breed tends to be gentle with his family and young children; however, he is a tough protector. He needs to be supervised when children are playing with him to make sure he doesn’t misunderstand the rough and tumble games. Kuvasz is reserved with strangers and can be aggressive with strange dogs, that’s why the early socialization and training is so important with this breed. Kuvasz has a moderate energy level and requires long daily walks. The average weight of the Kuvasz is 70 to 115 pounds, and the size is about 26 to 30 inches.
The Tibetan Mastiff is a massive, furry dog that was bred as a guard dog in the Himalayas centuries ago. It is now credited as the ancestor of many modern large breed dogs, such as the Saint Bernard, Boxer, and the English Mastiff. These large pups are known for their impressive vocal chords, which produce a very deep, loud bark. Tibetan Mastiffs are loving and affectionate towards their families, and tend to be protective of their people and territory.
Built to pull carts and work hard in central Switzerland, the Bernese Mountain Dog is believed to be more than 2,000 years old. Bernese are incredibly loving, affectionate, and devoted family pets. Their calm nature and patience are ideal around children, and they are willing and quick learners. The distinctive black, white and rust colors of the Bernese are uniform throughout the breed. Bernese Mountain Dogs thrive in larger living spaces, because of their size and moderate energy level.
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