Top 20 Best Large Dog Breeds

Top 20 Best Large Dog Breeds

Published on January 2nd, 2020

Can you guess the UK’s top 20 large dog breeds?

At the start of 2019, ITV carried out a survey of 10,000 people to find out Britain’s favourite dog breeds.

The results were broadcast live by TV presenters Ben Fogle and Sarah Cox on a program called “Britain’s Favourite Dogs”.

They were joined on live TV by a selection of different dogs to showcase the best of their breeds.

I’ve been through the list to discover Britain’s most popular large dog breeds which and you can find out the top 20 below…

Britain’s most popular large dog breeds

According to the list, here are Britain’s 20 most popular large sized dog breeds.

Can you guess who comes out at number 1?

Go on, give it a go, and then scroll down to see if you are correct!

20. Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is a medium-large dog and the only Husky type to make it to the top 20 large dog list.

Siberian Huskies have a thick double coat and they are used to working in cold temperatures and running through snow.

They look very similar to the Alaskan Malamute, but huskies are smaller.

Siberian Husky

19. Newfoundland

Newfoundlands are actually a giant dog breed rather than a large, but I’ve included them in this list as only a couple of giant dog breeds made the cut, so I didn’t want to leave them out!

Male Newfoundland dogs can weigh up to 70kg and the females reach around 55kg.

They are well known for their thick fur which helps keep them insulated in water.


18. Hungarian Vizsla

The Hungarian Vizsla is a sporting dog from Hungary.

They are striking to look at, with their golden coat and majestic stature.

Vizlas need enough daily exercise to keep them to their gentle, lively natures and to avoid them playing up due to boredom or too much energy.

Hungarian Vizsla

17. Old English Sheepdog

As the name suggests, Old English Sheepdogs are used by farmers for herding sheep and other livestock.

They are friendly dogs and highly intelligent and trainable which is perhaps why they feature in so many films, TV shows and commercials.

They have thick, long coats which need regular coat care to stop it getting matted.

Old English Sheepdog

16. Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgebacks look somewhat similar to Hungarian Vizslas, but the Ridgeback originates from Southern Africa and was originally bred as a hunting dog.

They have a red gold coat and they are loyal, strong willed dogs who can be mischievous!

They get their name from the distinctive ridge which runs down their spine.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

15. German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointers originate from Germany and they were originally bred for hunting.

They come in a range of colours, including live roan, liver, brown, white and chocolate and liver and white.

They love to cuddle up with you on the sofa after a long day of hunting or exercising.

German Shorthaired Pointer

14. Greyhound

Greyhounds are a type of sighthound, and the breed most commonly used for racing.

They are incredibly fast and can reach speeds of up to 72km/hour!

Despite their reputation as a racing dog, they can be incredibly lazy.

Retired racing greyhounds in particular are often happy to spend the majority of their time sleeping on the sofa once their competitive days are behind them!


13. Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a German dog which was bred to herd livestock and pull carts.

They are thick-set, muscular dogs and these days are often used a guard dogs.

Rottweilers are fearless, loyal dogs that will protect their families or masters at all costs.


12. Irish Water spaniel

Iris Water spaniels are the largest of all spaniel types.

It is a fairly rare breed, so it’s great to see it featured in this list of popular large breed dogs.

As with most spaniels, with Irish water spaniel is an intelligent, active dog.

They have curly fur and webbed feet to help them swim.

irish water spaniel

11. English Setter

English Setters are perhaps more of a medium sized dog than a large one, but I included them here are some setter types can get quite large!

They have long silky fur, usually with pretty markings in different colours.

They make good hunting dogs due to their stamina and strong sense of smell, but their gentle natures also make them great family dogs.

English Setter

10. Great Dane

It’s time for another giant breed!

Great Danes are very large dogs and in fact it’s a Great Dane that holds the current world record for World’s Tallest Dog!

They are gentle giants and can make great family pets although of course you need to watch them around children as sometimes they just don’t realise how big and heavy they are!

Despite their size, they are a fairly low-energy dog who shouldn’t be over-exercised as it can cause problems with their joints.

Great Dane

9. Doberman Pinscher

Dobermans are powerful dogs who typically weigh between 65-90lb.


Doberman Pinscher

8. Weimaraner

The weimaraner is a large breed of dog who enjoys hunting, hiking and outdoor activities.


7. Labradoodle

A labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador and a poodle.

Bred to be low shedding thanks to their poodle parent’s genes; Labradoodles can be a good choice for allergy sufferers.

Labradoodles come in a range of sizes (similar to poodles), from smaller dogs to very large.

They make great family pets and usually inherit the laid-pack attitude of a Labrador and the intelligence of a poodle.


6. Flat coated retriever

Flat-coated retrievers are gun-dogs that are often happiest when out working, for example hunting, digging and running across fields.

Flat Coated Retriever

5. Mixed breed

Mixed breed, cross breed, mutt, Heinz 57 – there are lots of different names for these dogs.


Okay… I know my dog is definitely NOT a large breed… but I couldn’t resist adding a photo of him in here!

mixed breed dog

4. Golden Retriever

The golden retriever is the ultimate family dog.

golden retriever

3. German Shepherd

German Shepherds are medium-large dogs who originated in Germany.

When trained correctly, they can be calm and loving dogs who are well-suited to family life.

German Shepherd

2. Boxer

Boxers are medium-large dogs with flat coats and flat faces.

Their most common colours are fawn and brindle, although you can get other colours too such as white.


1. Labrador

Labradors make wonderful family pets due to their chilled, loving natures.

They have flat coats and are most often black, chocolate or yellow in colour.

labrador retriever

 Other large sized dog breeds

These gorgeous large dog breeds didn’t quite make it to the Top 20, but they are all just as important in my eyes!

Is your favourite large dog breed in this list?

There are probably even some large sized dog breeds that you have never heard of.

50 large & giant dog breeds

  • Afghan Hound
  • Akita
  • Alaksan Husky
  • Alano Espanol
  • American Bulldog
  • American White Shepherd
  • Anatolian Shepherd dog
  • Beauceron
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Black and Tan Coonhound
  • Bloodhound
  • Borzoi
  • Bracco Italiano
  • Briard
  • Broholmer
  • Cane Corso
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Chinook
  • Curly Coated Retriever
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Gordon Setter
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Greenland Dog
  • Hovawart
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Irish Setter
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Kangal Dog
  • Komondor
  • Landseer
  • Leonberger
  • Mastiff
  • Northern Inuit Dog
  • Otterhound
  • Pakistani Mastiff
  • Pointer
  • Polish Tatra Sheepdog
  • Redbone Coonhound
  • Saluki
  • Sarplaninac
  • South Russian Ovcharka
  • Spanish Greyhound
  • Spanish Mastin
  • Spinone Italiano
  • St Bernard
  • Tornjak
  • Treeing Walker Coonhound

I hope that you enjoyed this list of the best large and giant sized dog breeds.

You might also be interested in discovering the Top 20 small dog breeds, best medium dog breeds and perhaps even the Top 20 breeds of any size. Can you guess who comes in at Number 1?