The tallest dog in the world
Among dog lovers, preferences are usually divided between large and small breeds. Some animal owners believe that the dog must be necessarily impressive sizes and it is the dogs of large breeds that are introduced. Well, each of its own, but the majesty and serious appearance of the huge four-footed not to take away. What breeds of dogs are considered to be the largest? Our material will answer this question.
The tallest dog in the world
There are different gradations of the parameters. Someone builds a rating, starting with dogs, the biggest by weight, someone - by growth. The latter will be more correct, since the weight of these animals varies greatly, both between breeds and within the same breed group. The growth of the animal is more revealing.
The highest dog in the world (the record is fixed in the Guinness Book) passed away in 2010. The size of this handsome man is amazing. Wore this title dog of the breed of the Great Dane (pictured above), who lived in an American family in Arizona for almost 8 years. The name of the animal was Giant George, it had a height of 110 cm, the body length of the giant was 2 meters 20 centimeters, and the weight was 111 kg. Impressive dimensions, is not it?
Nowadays the palm of the championship was picked up by another representative of the same breed - the Great Dane, who has the terrible nickname Zeus.
Great Dane: the history of the breed
The origins, where the German dog started its breed, send us deep into the centuries, on the gray mountains of Tibet. Ancient people, who lived in those times, were forced to tame wild Tibetan dogs to help them graze cattle. From them the breed group of Great Danes, which became the progenitors of modern dogs of this species, began its history.
A little later, the ancient Great Danes began to be used as fighting dogs. This contributed to the huge size and malicious disposition. They fought in the army "shoulder to shoulder" with soldiers. This contributed to the spread of the breed around the world, some of the dogs settled in the conquered territories.
As a result of a number of those historical events, most of the Great Danes were concentrated in Germany, giving the breed a German dog (the photo is confirmed by the huge size of these dogs).
The Germans improved the breed, from the middle of the 19th century crossing the danes with other dogs for baiting. By this time, there were formed two pedigree branches: the southern Ulmian danes and the northern ones - the Danes.
To the norms of the uniform standard of the Great Danes came in 1890, then this breed was officially recognized and described. In Russia, until the mid-sixties of the last century, this highest dog in the world was not widespread. Today the Great Danes in our country are loved, bred, taken to international exhibitions.
Standard of breed German dog
At present, the standard refers to the dogs to companion dogs, and also rassahatrivaet them as guards and watchmen. The dog should have a noble appearance combined with a large growth and a harmoniously built body.
Cynologists consider the dog to be a dog of the ideal appearance, worthy to be immortalized in the statue. The standard has the following colors: white with black spots (harlequin), red, tiger, black and blue. The height of the dog at the withers at the bitches is from 72 cm, in males - from 80.
Character and temperament of the Great Danes
The nature of the dog is matched by its stately appearance. These dogs are imperturbable and always hold with dignity. In extreme situations, they show restraint, while at the same time being devoted defenders of their master and members of his family.
Mastiffs have considerable intelligence, and many consider them more than a dog. In many houses the mastiff is a real family member and a great friend. Of course, this dog can spoil the character and make it malicious, but only by improper education and bad treatment, which the danes will not tolerate. Do not once again provoke someone who has powerful jaws and huge strong teeth. The tallest dog in the world can confidently stand up for himself and for those she loves.
If you ask yourself what breeds of a dog are considered the largest in the world, you can not forget about the Irish wolfhound. Representatives of this breed occupy an honorable second place in this list. The growth of individual males can reach up to 87 centimeters at the withers, which is not inferior to danes. These dogs are touched by their "beard" and the devoted, benevolent glance of all who see them.
Irish wolfhound is comfortable in home maintenance, does not produce excessive noise and fuss, but during walks it can manifest its instinct of a hunter and move swiftly.
These dogs tend to show friendliness and sensitivity. They meet strangers calmly, but remain always on guard. Probably, loyal fans of the breed just like a combination of large sizes with sociability and devotion.
English mastiff - closing the first three giants dog breed. The Great Dane prevails in growth, and the mastiff - in weight. A massive large body, a huge wide head - these are the bright pedigree signs of this dog.
Today, the largest representative of this breed can be called a dog named Hercules. He receives natural food without additives for growth (some owners do not disdain and unnatural ways of gaining weight from their pets), and his weight is 128 kg.
In the growth of dogs reach 75 centimeters maximum, bitches - 70. Despite the heavy and powerful appearance, the mastiffs are composed harmoniously.
These dogs are well developed musculature on the muzzle, so that it has the ability to look very expressive. According to the dog features, you can literally read the mood of the pet and, it seems, even guess the course of his thoughts. A dog can have a sad, pensive, fussy look with cunning in the eyes - it looks very funny.
With the long-term formation of this breed, as well as the breeds of other large dogs, the breeders tried to smooth out such qualities as aggression and excitability that the dog became suitable for keeping in the family in a city apartment.
At the moment, these are very good-natured and obedient dogs who love children and do everything to protect them. These dogs badly need the attention of the owner and are bored in his absence. If necessary, easily become fearsome and fearless defenders.
There are a lot of other dogs of large breeds, we considered only three. The main thing that you need to remember is planting such a friend that it's not for one day and not even for a month. A dog will live in your family for years, and you need to weigh your financial possibilities. Can you provide such a large pet with adequate nutrition? And also it is necessary to estimate how much your living space allows to take a large dog without harm to all living people, so that your joint existence would bring only joy.