7 extraordinary large dog breeds: they’re sure to turn your head around

László Enikő

2023. May 5 - Photos: Getty Images Hungary

Sometimes it's hard to believe that all these dog breeds come from one ancestor, they are so different. Some varieties are particularly eye-catching beauties. Here are seven big dogs that will make you turn around on the street!


Some dogs are known for their unusual appearance. These are usually rare, lesser-known breeds whose beauty is unrivalled. Meet seven of these big-bodied specialities!



The special French hunting dog, the Porcelaine really does resemble a porcelain doll. Its elegant appearance will catch everyone’s attention. Its shiny coat dominated by white is an eye-catcher. This makes them real special among the hounds, as they are usually brownish in colour to blend in with their surroundings when hunting.

Afghan Greyhound

The beautiful long coat of the Afghan Greyhound is admired by many. This elegant dog is considered a treasure in Afghanistan. His appearance is dignified and graceful, but he also has a great personality. An excellent hunter who retains his elegance even when chasing prey.

Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog

The Leopard Dog’s beauty is noticed by everyone who meets it. It is rare for this breed to be a single colour, as the possible patterns are endless. The eye colour is often blue, almost glowing. It is a graceful, sporty dog who is extremely active and not for everyone.

Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound is considered one of the largest dog breeds in the world. The giant greyhound was once considered the jewel of the noble courts. Its huge stature also conceals a big heart. A patient and kind companion who always behaves like a gentleman or a lady.

Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is a highly prized breed around the world. His name is associated with many special legends such as the fact that after his death his soul returns as a human being. His lion-like appearance is noticed by everyone, in China he is a real status symbol. But this huge dog is not just a garden jewel. It has protected nomadic villages from wolves for thousands of years, and nothing can deter it.


The Azawakh is a graceful and unique greyhound, very rare. It has an extremely elegant appearance that attracts the eye. The African dog has a short, silky coat and a thin, slender body. It is a real rarity worldwide.

Shar pei

The Chinese Shar Pei may be familiar to many. Its distinctive folds, which are particularly spectacular as a puppy, made it very popular, even though it almost died out in the 1970s. But thanks to the Americans, it has spread again, and many people have become familiar with this special breed. Unfortunately, this has had its consequences, and breeders still sell dogs of this type. A puppy shar-pei’s pleats are very charming and cute, but his attitude is not for everyone.

Puppy shar pei.

Of course, every dog is beautiful and special in its own way. As the saying goes, everyone thinks they have the best dog and none of them are wrong.

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