Big dog alpha 42
He’s just not your father’s alpha male any more. A big male can be an even bigger part of a pack. As dog breeds become more popular, large, powerful dogs can be a boon to their owners. While there is a large amount of misinformation about which breeds are best for big dogs, some breeds are better suited for bigger dogs than others. Here are four big dog breeds and their key characteristics.
1. Great Dane
While some Great Danes are small and cuddly, a large Great Dane is often an intimidating and dangerous animal. They’re known for being “untrnable” and “difficult to handle,” so there’s a reason so many people end up keeping them as indoor pets. They have a deep chest and broad shoulders to provide strength, making them a natural protector. You’ll see them in the guard-dog role on farms, where they work as herders and guard the livestock. In the show ring they’ll have natural talent in agility, drive, and endurance.
2. Great Pyrenees
A large Great Pyrenees will still be a sweet-tempered, protective dog but they’re known to be very stubborn. They require obedience trning from an early age to get them to obey their owners’ commands and they have a well-deserved reputation as a breed with a bad temper. These are affectionate dogs, however, and those who are patient and loving towards their Pyrenees will get along just fine.
A large Mastiff will still have a gentle personality, but they are big dogs who will also require an alpha role in their pack. Their powerful jaws and strong legs make them an intimidating presence. Their temperament is gentle and easygoing and they are happy to live with children, making them ideal family pets. They’re extremely loyal to their owners and can also make good guard dogs.
4. Bull Mastiff
The Bull Mastiff is an attractive, powerful dog with a large, imposing appearance. Bull Mastiffs can grow to up to 30 inches tall and weigh up to 450 lbs. They are naturally protective and love to herd cattle, making them good pets. Bull Mastiffs are smart and love to work, and when trned can be great companions for working families.
5. American Pitbull Terrier
The American Pitbull Terrier is a smart, active dog with a playful personality. They’re highly sociable and will get along fine with children. An American Pitbull Terrier’s short-hred coat makes it a warm, dry dog in the Australian summers. The breed is affectionate and very protective and they get along with other dogs.
6. Bull Terrier
The Bull Terrier is energetic and intelligent and is a good working dog. They are fearless and will guard property and their family. They’re also known to have an excellent sense of smell.
7. American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a strong and sturdy dog. They’re active, alert and quick-witted and make great companion animals for active families. Their thick, short coat is often thought of as “cuddly” and they’re well-loved by children.
8. Australian Kelpie
Australian Kelpies are the second most popular dog in Australia and they’re loyal, protective, loving, playful and courageous. They’re excellent guard dogs and are great family pets. They’re known to have great “people skills” and are good with children.
9. Bull Mastiff Mix
The Bull Mastiff Mix is a well-balanced dog. It can be extremely happy to be with children and other dogs and they’re happy and playful by nature. They make great pets for active families.
10. Australian Heeler
The Australian Heeler is a smart, confident, energetic and playful dog. They’re loving and friendly but can also be independent and active. They get along with other dogs and enjoy spending time with children.
11. English Bulldog Mix
The English Bulldog Mix is a friendly, bold and playful dog. They make wonderful family companions with kids and enjoy being outdoors. They’re affectionate with everyone but may become aggressive to strangers.
12. Old English Sheepdog Mix
The Old English Sheepdog is a gentle and gentle dog. They’re friendly with everyone and they tend to be loyal and devoted to their family. They do have to be supervised around other dogs as they don’t have a natural guard dog instinct.
13. Bull Terrier Mix
The Bull Terrier Mix is an enthusiastic dog with a friendly and devoted personality. They have a strong, protective nature and can be aggressive towards strangers. They tend to get along with children but should be supervised around them.
14. German Shepherd Mix
The German Shepherd is an alert and dedicated dog. They’re good-natured and highly trned. They are a very protective and territorial dog who need to be trned carefully when it comes to strangers.
15. Boxer Mix
The Boxer is an affectionate dog that enjoys playing. They’re active and love to be with you so they’re good for an active family. They get along well with children.
16. Bichon Frise Mix
The Bichon Frise is a clever and loving dog. They’re lively and playful and like to be around people and other dogs. They get along well with children but are not aggressive with strangers.
17. American Pitbull Mix
The American Pitbull is an energetic and playful dog. They have a protective and territorial nature so be aware of your local rules. They get along well with children and are very protective towards them.
18. German Shepherd Mix
The German Shepherd Mix is a protective and reliable dog. They get along well with other dogs and strangers but need to be carefully supervised around children.
19. Pit Bull Terrier Mix
The Pit Bull Terrier is a sturdy, loyal dog. They’re independent and happy and like to be around people. They get along well with children but need to be careful around larger pets.
20. Australian Cattle Dog Mix
The Australian Cattle Dog is a ld-back, lovable dog. They’re very protective towards strangers but also great for kids. They get along well with other dogs and are great for a family.