#2 – Bullmastiff
What do you get when you combine 60% Mastiff genes and 40% Bulldog genes? You get the Bullmastiff.
During the 19th century, English Aristocrats were looking for a dog breed to protect their land from poachers. They needed a dog that was big but fast, and highly trainable. Bullmastiffs were trained to catch and hold rather than kill poachers.
While smaller than their Mastiff cousins, Bullmastiffs can still weigh up to 130 pounds. They may drool, and their short hair does shed. However, they are easier to groom than the fluffier dogs on our list.
Like other large dog breeds, Bullmastiffs are prone to bloat. Bloat is a condition where the stomach fills with air and may twist on its axis. This can cut off blood circulation to the intestines, leading to death.
To help prevent bloat in your Bullmastiff, feed them at least twice a day and wait half an hour after meals before exercise. Slow feeder bowls are also a good way to slow down your dog’s eating and help prevent bloat.
#3 – Great Dane
Despite the name, Great Danes don’t come from Denmark. In fact, Great Danes were developed in Germany to hunt wild boar.
Great Danes are at least 400 years old. However, a dog resembling a Great Dane was described in Chinese literature in 1121 BC. That makes the Great Dane one of the oldest dog breeds still around today.
Though bred to hunt, Great Danes are happy being a couch potato who will defend the home when necessary. They’re also one of the tallest dog breeds and can be taller than a man when standing on their hind legs.