Before adopting a large dog, anticipate the time and budget that you can realistically provide for your pet. Owning a dog can cost about $15,000 or more over its lifetime, according to the American Kennel Club. That money can go towards veterinary visits, grooming, and food, just to name a few preliminary expenses. All large breeds will require more kibble, but a Poodle, for example, will need more frequent haircuts than a Boxer. A highly active breed will also demand a lot more exercise versus the couch potatoes of the dog world, but all pups deserve basic obedience training, regular walks, and obviously your love and attention.
And if you're looking for a pet that's more lap-sized, check out these small and medium-sized dog breeds. Curious about the biggest, most giant dog breeds? These pups weigh in the 75-150 pound range (or more!).
Bernese Mountain Dog
These dogs may be one of the largest dog breeds, but they're truly gentle giants with a sweet, calm, and affectionate nature. Bernese Mountain Dogs are also eager to please, which mean they're typically easy to train.
Weight: 70-115 pounds
Among the rarest of dog breeds, Chinooks were first bred to be all-purpose sled dogs. They're known to be devoted family pets that are intelligent and patient — plus, they're also the official state dog of New Hampshire!
Weight: 50-90 pounds
Despite their funny-sounding names, Hovawarts are highly intelligent, devoted canines that not only are outstanding family pets, but also make great search-and-rescue dogs (thanks to their good noses).
Weight: 65-90 pounds
These super-athletic dogs are fun, loyal companions that are surprisingly gentle and patient with all of their family members.
Weight: 30-80 pounds
Known for their famous "Sammy smile" due to their perpetually upturned mouths, Samoyeds are smart, fun-loving dogs who sport a stunning white coat (which sheds a lot!). This highly energetic breed also needs vigorous exercise, as they were originally bred to herd reindeer and haul sledges.
Weight: 35-65 pounds
As the largest terrier breed, Airedales convey the alert, fearless attitude of the group on a supersized scale. They can also carry some of the same stubbornness, but that determination is what makes them such popular and spirited companions.
Weight: 50-70 pounds