Looking to adopt a new furry friend into the family? Bigger isn't always better, of course, but when it comes to finding your perfect canine companion, a teeny-tiny Chihuahua won't exactly cut it as a jogging partner. Typically tipping the scales at 50-80 pounds (although some varieties may skew slightly larger or smaller), these big dog breeds are great for if you want an active exercise pal or a pet that's easy to train — plus, they can make great cuddle partners and lovable family dogs, too!
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!).
Boxers are affectionate and loyal to no end. They're suspicious of strangers, but highly intelligent and willing to please when it comes to training.
Weight: 50-80 pounds
These dignified hounds, also known as Russian wolfhounds, are independent and surprisingly affectionate. The Russian aristocracy bred them for hundreds of years to hunt — you guessed it — wolves, and they can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.
Weight: 60-105 pounds
Charming and mischievous, bull terriers may appear intimidating but they're actually extremely friendly, playful, and sometimes goofy. Another plus? The extremely short coat requires little grooming.
Weight: 50-70 pounds
Behind all of those wrinkles is an excellent watchdog and a devoted family member. That said, Shar-Peis stay suspicious of strangers and other dogs, prizing loyalty above all else.
Weight: 45-60 pounds
Martha Stewart is famously a fan of this dignified breed. Despite their powerful appearance, Chows require only moderate exercise — making them adaptable to city life.
Weight: 45-70 pounds