Best Gentle Large to Giant dog breed

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I'm looking for a puppy. Yes, it's finally time for me to begin puppy shopping.

I want a large to giant dog breed, I love big dogs. I do not, however, like dogs with excessively long hair. If I need to take it to the groomer, then it is not the dog for me.
Honestly, if the dog is longed haired, then you'll have to make a VERY good cae for me to like it. I really want a gentle natured dog. I know Great Danes are great gentle puppies, but I need some more options in case finding a Dane puppy is difficult.
This dog must be able to get along with other dogs and cats AND PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. I can teach it not to, but I don't want the dog to have a chasing nature (EI, a hound dog).

I tried looking online but all I got were generic answers like "get a lab or golden retreiver".

Anyone know of any good pups that would be good for me?

Great Dane. We just got a dane puppy and he is really good. They are probably the gentlest giant dog you will find.

Bull Mastiffs are good large breed dogs. And I would also say Newfoundlanders if you like the long hair and don't mind it shedding every other month.

some places breed 1/4 golden 1/4 poodle and1/2 lab
(although the portions of lab and poodle might be switched, prolly not though)
calm but slightly playful, easy to train, hypo-allergenic (mostly) only time they're nasty is when teething, still have a few holes in one of my shirts from that

they are not giant but they grow fast and to a decent size

Weimaraner. We got one and he's as daft as a brush. Really good with puppies and small children as well. They do need quite a bit of exercise though otherwise they get a bit... pent up so i hope you like walking = P

KEM10:
Bull Mastiffs are good large breed dogs. And I would also say Newfoundlanders if you like the long hair and don't mind it shedding every other month.

My friend told me his Mastiff had a problem chasing cats and bothered small dogs. Are mastiffs usually good with smaller animals?

Destal:
Great Dane. We just got a dane puppy and he is really good. They are probably the gentlest giant dog you will find.

I'm really thinking of getting one, but their life span is so short, it makes me sad. I wish they could breed out some of the health issues in the dane.

I'm not sure if they are as big as you are looking for but Dalmatians are lovely, goofy and quite big. Usually good with kids and people. Depends on how they are raised though.

*remembers a dog I called Loony Lottie*

Yeah, raise them bad and smile at you with their fangs. At least my nan said she was smiling.

You could always try looking at mastiffs. Most of the breed's are pretty docile, and they get pretty big. English Mastiff's are huge creatures.

Pyrenean mountain dog? It does have pretty long hair, but one of the few breeds I can tolerate :)

My German Shepherd is very gentle with my cat and my brother, who is 9 years of age (the brother, not the dog). They take a bit of manner training, but they're very smart dogs and quickly catch on as to what is good and bad. As for the hair, it's not too bad. I've never had to take my dog to the groomer, but there will be hair all around the house when he's grown up.

Newfoundland dogs are pretty docile and friendly, not to mention huge.

Kharloth:
Newfoundland dogs are pretty docile and friendly, not to mention huge.

I love the looks of the Newfoundland. Very beautiful. I am scared of the long hair they have, I do live in Alabama and it can get VERY hot here. I'm not sure the climate would be good for them.

Best of the 3:
I'm not sure if they are as big as you are looking for but Dalmatians are lovely, goofy and quite big. Usually good with kids and people. Depends on how they are raised though.

I had a dalmation when I was young. Good dog, but she was racist and hated black people. We tried to get her to like EVERYONE but she just hated black people. The UPS guy (an African American) was scared to death of her. Hehe, good times.

Mangopieland:
Pyrenean mountain dog? It does have pretty long hair, but one of the few breeds I can tolerate :)

That is a BEAUTIFUL dog! How will it fair when the weather turns warm?

VanityGirl:

KEM10:
Bull Mastiffs are good large breed dogs. And I would also say Newfoundlanders if you like the long hair and don't mind it shedding every other month.

My friend told me his Mastiff had a problem chasing cats and bothered small dogs. Are mastiffs usually good with smaller animals?

Let me guess, it's a male. They have a higher tendency to be more territorial and not get along with other dogs as easily. However, you can train them out of that and considering you are getting a puppy it should be easier.

And what ever breed you do take, sign it up for the socialization training that the Rottweilers get. The breed may be docile but it helps them realize they are the size of a small bear and not to throw their weight around like they would normally.

KEM10:

Let me guess, it's a male. They have a higher tendency to be more territorial and not get along with other dogs as easily. However, you can train them out of that and considering you are getting a puppy it should be easier.

And what ever breed you do take, sign it up for the socialization training that the Rottweilers get. The breed may be docile but it helps them realize they are the size of a small bear and not to throw their weight around like they would normally.

Good guess, yes it is a male. My boyfriend wants a male dog I guess for male-male bonding or whatever. And if I can find a place to help with socialization training I will.

My boyfriend's mother has 2 pomeranians and a yorkie, so if I have to worry about my dog eating them then I won't be a happy camper. My grandma also has a dog so I don't want my dog so smoosh my nana's dog.

Labrador Mastiff cross. My granddad has one, and he's soft as anything. Just like a giant black labrador.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, big dog, short hair, all round awesome, but might be hard to find.
My one.

a golden retriever

Newfoundlands! Sure, they shed like crazy, but they're adorable!

Well, as other people have said, a Mastiff might be good. I have one who is 15 years old right now, and she never snaps.

Labradors are lovely, I know you've said you're bored of them as a suggestion but they really are sweet dogs.

great dane great dane 1000 times great dane. sweatest most loving dogs ever and they act like one of the three stooges

Destal:
Great Dane. We just got a dane puppy and he is really good. They are probably the gentlest giant dog you will find.

SCOOBY-DOOBY DOO!

Newfoundlands, Landseers, Labradors, Great Danes.

I don't know how to spell it, exactly, but it's a shilow shepard. My mum insists on getting one when our german shepard is gone (she's 11 now, so we're hoping to get several more years out of her, but we do know she'll die eventually), and they are the biggest, softest dogs I've ever seen. They are a bit furry, but you don't need to take them to the groomer or whatever.

Have a look at an Irish Wolfhound. They're just like Great Danes, but the one I have is a gentle giant and there's no malice in him at all.

English sheep dog, but then you said you dont like long fur... freak!

but then id say either a wolf hound (fur isnt too long) or a grey hound

I know a lot of people have problems with them, but I have never had, or met a rottweiler that wasn't just the biggest sweety in the whole wide world. They chase a little as puppies, but when they're adults they totally chill out. Very good, intelligent dogs, as long as they aren't raised to be mean.

They're just big babies, they really are. Also, they have thick hair, and not much fur. So we would only have to sweep our hardwood floors once a week or so, not every day like a black lab. They shed very little for a dog it's size.

Also, most people don't know this, but Rotties are fairly hypo-allergenic. I am very allergic to dogs, say 15 mins around my cousin's black lab and I have to leave, but can live with a rottie.

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dude afghan hound all the way
yeh its a hound and has long hair but...... look at how magical it is

How much experience do you have with dogs? Or even large animals in general? If this is your first pet, or even a first pet you're taking care of by yourself, I don't think I'd recommend going for a large breed, long haired or not it can still be quite a challenge to manage.

That said, you could try looking for a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog:

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Big dog, and very friendly too. Also very strong, that could be a problem. Also, depending on the breed, and whether it's a purebreed or not, you can stand to be set back anywhere between $500 - $1000, quite an investment, not to mention the vet bills and cost of food and equipment. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog puppies looking at some prices, go from $900 - $1500 per puppy: http://www.puppyfind.com/for_sale/?breed_id=59

You're better off heading down to your closest animal shelter and trying to find a dog you like there, it's cheaper and you'd be rescuing a dog in need.

VanityGirl:
I'm really thinking of getting one, but their life span is so short, it makes me sad. I wish they could breed out some of the health issues in the dane.

Sadly, you'll have that with big dogs anyway. They live a lot shorter than smaller dogs. So I'd recommend just one cut below that to achieve the perfect balance; good lifespan while still being sizeable. Breeds like labs, golden retrievers, shepherds, that sort of breed.

There are a couple of larger size shepherds I like the look of though, like the Shiloh shepherd:
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And the Caucasian shepherd:
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I'm also pretty damn fond of Benner Senners;
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They're so delightfully 'herpderp' in their ways, and oh so sweet.

And my grandma has a Flatcoat Retriever. While not giant they are pretty large, and he's so freakin' awesome. He's such a gentlemen, but a giant doofus as well. That's him:
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Sadly, most of them are pretty long haired and while I only have any real experience with the Flatcoat, and a small bit with Benner Senners, they all need quite a bit of grooming, though not all that much in the Flatcoat's case (at least not my nan's).

I know that my nan's dog is cool with cats, he wanted to become friends with our own cats. Sadly said cats didn't agree with him. I don't know how those other breeds are with cats and other small critters though, my guess is that if you get him as a pup you can make most breeds live with cats quite well.

Megalodon:
Rhodesian Ridgeback, big dog, short hair, all round awesome, but might be hard to find.
My one.

Don't they need an insane amount of exercise? It's not a dog for everyone, as far as I've heard.

GothmogII:
You're better off heading down to your closest animal shelter and trying to find a dog you like there, it's cheaper and you'd be rescuing a dog in need.

Agreed very muchly. They need all the help they can get.

Megalodon:
Rhodesian Ridgeback, big dog, short hair, all round awesome, but might be hard to find.
snippix*

Ridgebacks are awesome dogs! We went vacationing for two weeks, and our neighbors had one. He was just a big goofy sweety! But I agree, they are hard to find.

Hungarian Viszla!

They're gundogs that make fantastic family pets. You may find them a bit clingy though. Put it this way: If you don't mind your dog waiting outside the shower for you, then get a Viszla. =D

They're insanely cute as puppies because their ears stay the same size throughout their life. Mine used to trip on his when he was very small. xD

Here's mine:

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Les Awesome:
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that one looks far too human....

AMERICAN BULLDOG FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!! They look like big, mean dogs but as long as you take care of them as puppies, they will be the biggest, nicest animals you'll ever know. Though I'm not sure if you want a BIG dog. because these dogs usually get well over 100 pounds.

I really like German Shepherds. They're smart, have short hair, and have great personalities. And pretty much every German Shepherd in existence is great with your own family/kids. Though, some German Shepherds can be really protective of their owners.
Like the first German Shepherd I had literally followed my friends around and watched them whenever they came over, and whenever distant relatives came to visit, and he didn't know who they were, he'd sleep outside my bedroom door at night.
Of course, the German Shepherd I have now would probably try to play around with a burglar, but I like to think of him as the exception to the rule.

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