5 Best Large Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners

Choosing the perfect dog breed for your family dynamic can be daunting, especially if you’re a first-time owner. Large dog breeds often bring an added sense of security (and cuteness) that other breeds might be unable to give. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best large dog breeds that are ideal for new owners. These breeds are known for their friendly temperaments, ease of training, and adaptability to various living situations — making them the ideal choice for any family.

5. Boxers

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These quirky pups make a great choice for first-timers. They are low maintenance on grooming, which many other dogs can’t say the same (pro tip: brindle hair has even less maintenance on grooming). Generally, these dogs are fantastic all-around dogs who are occasionally known to have high energy, but it’s nothing a solid play session or walk can fix. Outside of their intelligence, they do have a silly side and like to clown around with their owners!

4. Newfoundland


These dogs are remarkably sweet and patient, making them an excellent choice for first-time owners looking for a larger breed. They are great with families, children, and even other animals like cats — which Newfoundlands are said to get along with splendidly. Many will refer to them as a “nanny” dog due to their insistence on being protective and nurturing.

Relative to other breeds, Newfoundlands are typically lower energy and adapt well to their environment — which makes them suitable living companions to almost any family dynamic. They are as content going on an energetic walk as they are lounging around the house. The catch, of course, is that they require moderate grooming needs due to their fur. So regular attention to their cleanliness is a must.

3. Great Danes

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These gentle giants can sometimes be considered high maintenance, but once they get into their adult years, they tend to calm down a bit. They are the definition of a “large” dog, with adult males weighing up to 170+ pounds. Considering their size, they can be considered a security blanket — which they will provide. But don’t be fooled — these dogs love a good cuddle, and are extremely friendly.

With this being said, having access to an outdoor area/park is a must for these dogs! Since they are large, they require a spacious area to run around to get exercise — especially in their younger years. Failure to provide enough attention and exercise can lead to some undesirable behaviors, so owners should plan accordingly.

2. Irish Wolfhound

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These pups are typically on the quieter side. This would perhaps make them the ideal breed for those living in apartments or denser areas. With that, those quieter tendencies can often mean more aloofness — but it’s in the cutest way. For those wanting a more attentive guard dog, don’t let these traits fool you. They can be incredibly attentive watchdogs, fiercely protecting their owners.

But these breeds are some of the cutest. Since they prefer a more peaceful lifestyle, owners who align with this may find this a compatible dog breed for their lifestyle. It should be noted, however, that these dogs sadly do not tend to live very long lives, with an average life expectancy of 7 years.

1. Golden Retriever


The popularity of this breed speaks volumes. In terms of temperament, you’ll find no better dog. They are the ultimate family pets, being great with children and adults alike, and adjusting their personalities seamlessly to their environment.

So, for owners looking to do specific obedience training, this may be the perfect breed for you. They are easily one of the smartest dogs around. Be warned though, these cute pups are famously big shedders! So come prepared with a few lint rollers and some patience. It’s worth it though, these dogs are irresistibly cute.