Bigger isn't always better, but these five big dog breeds make great family pets. Find out about their calm personalities and decide which one is best for you.

Great Danes are the biggest and kindest breed. They're lively but watchful. The only drawback is their brief lifespan of 6-8 years.

Great Dane

Staffies are friendly family dogs that used to be called "nanny dogs." They were made to be strong playmates, and training should be made fun by making it more like playing.

Staffordshire bull terrier

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Bernese mountain dog

Bernese Mountain Dog puppies are beautiful, loving, and sensitive. They need a little bit of physical activity, and playing is a great way to meet that need.

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German shepherd

German Shepherds look tough, but they are actually kind and loving. They are great for older kids or kids who want to get into sports. They are good at being loyal.


Big dog breeds like Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, and Great Danes are great family pets. They have a lot of fur to clean, but they also have a lot of love to give.


Greater Swiss mountain dogs have three colors and are strong. They are loyal and care about their families. They need a lot of exercise and can live for 8–11 years.

Greater Swiss mountain dog

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Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamutes are friendly, loyal, and fun to play with. 25" (M) and 23" (F), 85lbs (M) and 75lbs (F), and a life span of 10–14 years.