In the UK we absolutely love our large dog breeds. The Labrador Retriever is not only the most popular breed of dog in the UK.
Large dog breeds tend to have lots of energy and most often require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation, otherwise they may develop destructive behaviour. They tend to be loving and loyal breeds which is why they are very popular with families. However, they can also cause a lot of damage in a small home, particularly with their long, whippy, happy tails. They can be known to tread mud around the house after a long walk on a wet day too. Their size can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for small children, but large dogs tend to form close relationships with children and adults alike.
A beautiful black coated Afghan Hound lying down
The most popular large dog breeds include the Afghan Hound, the Collie, the Curly Coated Retriever, the Bernese Mountain Dog, the Bloodhound, the Bullmastiff, the Dalmatian, the Dogue Du Bordeaux, the Setter, the German Shepherd, the Golden Retriever, the Flat Coated Retriever, the Greyhound, the Labrador Retriever, the Old English Sheepdog, the Rottweiler, the Saint Bernard and the Siberian Husky.
Are Large Dogs Good With Children?
In general, larger dogs are more tolerable of children than smaller dogs, but many kids can often be quite intimidated or scared by the overwhelming size of large dogs. Allowing the large dog to regularly socialise with children will give him time to get used to their behaviour.