These large breeds might appear imposing, but they usually possess fairly mellow, laid-back temperaments.
Learn more about these gentle giants:
Great Dane: They may be extremely large and strong, but the Great Dane is known as a “gentle giant” because of its calm and loving disposition. They make excellent family pets, needing minimal grooming and daily exercise.
Irish Wolfhound: Large, muscular, and the tallest of dogs, the Irish Wolfhound has a loving temperament. Though they were originally bred to hunt wolves and elk, they are primarily family pets today. Their harsh coat requires regular brushing.
Leonberger: This massive, lion-like dog is known for being calm, gentle, and sweet. They are very friendly and love kids. They have a profuse coat that tends to shed a lot and they need moderate daily exercise.
Mastiff: Though one of the biggest dogs recognized by the AKC, the powerful Mastiff is a gentle and loyal companion. Mastiffs love being around people and bond closely with their family. They need light exercise and minimal grooming.
Newfoundland: A large dog and hard worker, the Newfoundland has a very sweet disposition and is a devoted companion. The breed needs daily brushing and exercise.
Saint Bernard: The Saint Bernard is powerful and muscular, but has a mellow temperament. They do really well with children, making great family pets. Saint Bernards shed twice a year and owners should be prepared for drool.