There are several types of manly dog breeds that can serve as great pets. Generally, such breeds tend to display plenty of strength, agility, care, companionship, protection, affection and more. Let’s take a look at some of these breeds in further detail.
1. English Mastiff
The English Mastiff is quite a large dog that can weigh around or sometimes even over 200 pounds. Historically, dogs of this breed were used for hunting, as guard dogs as well as for war or defense.
This makes these dogs strong, reliable, loyal, fierce and courageous. They are quite powerful and can be protective, but can also be trained well. As pets, these dogs are gentle, active and affectionate.
Since they are large, they need plenty of space and exercise, making it necessary to take them out frequently.
The Bulldog is another manly dog breed that is medium in size, weighing up to 55 pounds and having a lifespan of up to 10 years. These dogs are known for their crumpled faces, skin folds on their face as well as a sturdy build.
They are stubborn, strong, determined, friendly, active and kind. Due to their stubborn nature, training might take a bit longer. They are, however, protective and can get along well with children.
Initially used for sporting and fighting, Bulldogs are now bred to be calm and loyal dogs.
3. Irish Setter
The Irish Setter is a medium to large dog that generally comes in red, brown or black colors. These dogs also have a slightly long coat in some parts of their bodies. They were and continue to be used as hunting companions as well as for retrieval.
Irish Setters are generally friendly and affectionate with kids as well as most other pets. They are also quite agile and enthusiastic, needing plenty of exercise and open space so that they can run and play around.
They also require mental stimulation and enjoy plenty of attention. They are an intelligent and alert breed as well.
4. German Shepherd
German Shepherds are medium to large in terms of their size, weighing up to 90 pounds with a height of around 25 inches. They were often used for herding and other kinds of practical tasks. They are still used as police dogs, for searching, assisting people with disabilities and more.
They are confident, curious and active dogs. They are also loyal, protective and intelligent. While they are generally affectionate, they can be wary of strangers. They are easily trainable but can become defensive if not trained well.
5. Border Collie
Border Collies are medium in size. They originate from the border between England and Scotland and are generally used for herding. They have an average lifespan of 10-12 years and can be of various colors.
These dogs are extremely intelligent and require plenty of mental and physical stimulation. They are agile and active, needing to run around or get sufficient exercise on a daily basis. Additionally, these dogs are also friendly, easy to train and fun-loving.
As pets, it is important to meet their stimulation requirements.
6. Siberian Husky
The Siberian Husky can be medium to large in size. As the name suggests, they originate from Siberia and are used to cold climates. They also have a thick coat that is ideal for colder climates.
These dogs are active, playful, enthusiastic and need plenty of stimulation. They are also affectionate and loyal. They were originally bred as sled dogs and continue to be used for this purpose as well as for competitions and as pets.
They enjoy being in company with other people or other pets due to their pack mentality. They also tend to howl frequently while also being known for being stealthy.
Boxers tend to originate from Germany. They are medium to large in size and can weigh up to 75 pounds. They were generally used for hunting but have since been used for a variety of jobs such as guard dogs, police dogs, defense, disability assistance and more.
They also have folds on their face and can come in several colors. They are friendly, loyal, highly protective, active, alert and fun loving. They are also stubborn, but early training can make them more responsive and obedient.
8. Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retrievers are also known to be manly dogs. They are medium to large in size, measuring up to 80 pounds in weight and around 20 inches in height. They were initially used for retrieving but are now often used for disability assistance and as search dogs by the police.
They are highly popular as pets as well. They are friendly, affectionate, loyal and can get along well with kids and strangers. They are energetic dogs as well, requiring plenty of physical stimulation.
They are also patient and intelligent.
9. Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are medium to large in size and were originally bred for retrieving. They measure up to 75 pounds in weight and 20-25 inches in height. They are known for their golden or cream coat colors.
They are easily trainable dogs. They are also highly energetic, active and fun loving while also being friendly and trusting with strangers, kids as well as other dogs. They are also highly adaptable.
They are intelligent and thrive in company. They are also quite popular as pets and for disability assistance.
10. Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dogs are quite large in terms of their size. They tend to have a weight of up to 120 pounds and a height of up to 28 inches. They originate from Switzerland where they were used for herding and pulling carts.
These dogs are friendly with most people as well as with other pets. They are also flexible and playful. They need sufficient exercise on a daily basis and plenty of open space to thrive in. They are also loyal and protective dogs.
They are easy to train as well.
Beagles are generally small in size but are quite determined and energetic. They weigh up to 25 pounds and measure around 15 inches in height. Their average lifespan is 12-15 years.
Beagles are quite popular as pets. They also have a great sense of smell, which is why they are frequently used as search dogs as they can easily track things down.
They get along well with kids and other dogs as well while being affectionate. They are gentle and intelligent. Beagles also tend to be protective and useful as watchdogs.
12. Australian Shepherd
Weighing up to 70 pounds with a height of up to 20 inches, American Shepherds are medium-sized dogs that originate from Australia and New Zealand. They were mainly used on farms for herding but are now popular pets in households.
Australian Shepherds are friendly and affectionate. They are adaptable, playful, energetic and easily trainable. This makes them loyal and obedient dogs to have around. They require plenty of mental and physical stimulation.
They are slightly cautious of strangers and can be moderately alert and vigilant.
The Pitbull, or the American Pit Bull Terrier, is medium in size and generally found in brown and black colors with white patches. They weigh up to 60 pounds and have a height of approximately 20 inches.
These dogs are quite strong with a sturdy and muscular build. They are confident, energetic and active dogs that need plenty of daily exercise. They are also powerful dogs and might display aggression towards other dogs, but proper training can help deal with that.
They are otherwise friendly, loyal and protective dogs.
14. Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Cattle Dogs can be classified as a manly dog breed as well. They are alert, curious, confident and playful dogs while also being friendly. They have high levels of energy and need a lot of mental and physical stimulation.
They are also easily trainable while still being quite vigilant and protective, making them good watch or guard dogs. They are also intelligent and independent dogs. They are quiet dogs that rarely bark unless they want to alert someone.
These dogs usually work better if they are the only pets in the household.
15. Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman Pinscher, or simply the Dobermann, originates from Germany. These dogs are medium to large in size and have a lifespan of 10-12 years. They tend to come in brown, black and tan colors.
These dogs are highly affectionate with their family and with children. They can also get along well with strangers. Being highly playful and energetic, they need plenty of daily exercise and activity.
They are also extremely vigilant and protective, which is why they are commonly used as guard dogs. They are smart, loyal and easy to train.
16. Belgian Malinois
The Belgian Malinois is commonly known as the Belgian Shepherd. As the name suggests, these dogs originate from Belgium where they were mainly used as herding dogs. They are medium to large in their size and are also used as search dogs, for disability assistance, police dogs and more.
These dogs are intelligent, smart and hardworking. They are curious and confident as well while being quite vigilant and alert. They are highly energetic, active and agile. Further, they are easy to train and quick to learn.
They are friendly and sensitive as well but might need extra training to get along or live with other pets.
Originating from France, Belgium and the United Kingdom, Bloodhounds are large-size dogs. They can nearly weigh up to 120 pounds and are known to have a sharp sense of smell, making them useful as search dogs. They were also initially used widely for hunting.
Bloodhounds are curious and intelligent dogs. They are also independent and work well on their own, but also require sufficient daily exercise and attention. They are also quite easy to train and tend to be affectionate with the people around them.
They do, however, bark a lot.
Leonbergers originate from Germany. They are known for their thick double coats and sturdy builds. Their coats are long in some parts and of various colors while their faces or snouts are generally black in color.
Despite their large size and appearance, these dogs tend to be quite friendly and affectionate with their families and with kids. They are also open and trusting when it comes to strangers.
Flexibility and easy trainability are other common traits of these dogs. They are quite vigilant and protective as well.
Another large dog that weighs up to 130 pounds, the Bullmastiff originates from England where it was initially used as a guard dog. It is now commonly kept as a pet by several households.
It has a sturdy and muscular build with a black snout. These dogs are quite strong and powerful while also being courageous and loyal. This can make them seem intimidating and while they are highly vigilant and protective, they are also friendly, independent and easily trainable.
They have an average lifespan of 10 years.
Rottweilers are medium to large in their size. They measure up to 27 inches in height and up to 130-135 pounds in weight. They can live up to 10 years. Originating in Germany, these dogs were bred for herding but are also used for search operations, guard dogs and as pets.
Rottweilers are quite loyal and confident, making good guardians. This also stems from the fact that they are highly alert and protective. Apart from that, however, they are friendly, playful, trainable and adaptable.
They are quick to learn and need mental stimulation. They also need to be trained properly to reduce their aggression levels.
21. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rhodesian Ridgebacks originate from South Africa and have an average lifespan of 13 years. These dogs are large in size, measuring up to 130 pounds in weight and 30 inches in height.
These dogs are elegant, loyal and patient. They are also highly social and friendly, although they can be cautious when it comes to strangers. They are also highly protective and alert. Additionally, they are flexible and trainable dogs.
They are quite agile and athletic as well while still being calm.
22. Saint Bernard
Saint Bernard dogs are quite large in size and have strong builds. They weigh up to 200 pounds and have a height of 25-25 inches. They originate from Switzerland and Italy where they were mainly used for rescue operations.
These dogs are known to be quite calm and friendly. They get along well with most people and display their affection well. At the same time, they are extremely alert and protective. They are flexible and loyal as well.
They require proper training, mainly to avoid issues due to their size. They also work hard and usually respond well to training.
23. Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is another medium to large dog that can weigh up to 100 pounds. It has an average lifespan of 10-13 years and originates from the United States. They were mainly used for retrieval, hunting and rescue operations but are now mainly domestic dogs.
These dogs enjoy being in and around water since they were bred to assist fishermen. They are also quite friendly and cheerful. Known for their hard work and bravery, these dogs can be good companions. They are alert and protective as well.
They display plenty of energy and eagerness to please and obey.
24. Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer originates from Germany and is medium to large in size. However, it is quite large as compared to the other Schnauzer breeds. These dogs were initially mainly used for herding and guarding. They are frequently groomed and trained for competitive sports.
They have a keen sense of smell, making them alert and useful for search operations. They are quite easy to train and display plenty of loyalty. They are, however, quite protective and can display aggression towards strangers but this can be reduced with socialization.
25. Great Dane
The Great Dane is quite a large dog. It measures up to 200 pounds in weight and 35 inches in height. It originates from Germany and is also known as the German Mastiff. These dogs were initially used for hunting.
Great Danes are friendly and affectionate with most people. They are also highly reliable dogs since they tend to be quite alert, protective and vigilant. Further, they are fun loving, flexible and energetic.
Newfoundlands originate from Newfoundland (now a part of Canada). They come in gray, brown or black colors and are large in size. They were initially bred to assist fishermen.
Newfoundlands have a strong build and a double coat that helps them withstand cold weather. They are strong, reliable, hardworking, loyal and highly gently and affectionate. They are also loyal and protective but can get along well with strangers.
Greyhounds were mainly used for sports such as racing. These dogs are large in size and originate from England. They are now commonly domestic pets.
Greyhounds tend to be highly independent and intelligent. They are also loyal and noble dogs with a slender and tall build. They are athletic, active and energetic. They are also quite flexible and easily adapt to new surroundings.
The Vizsla originates from Hungary and is another manly dog breed. These dogs are quite companionate but have also been commonly used for search operations and sporting events.
They have a keen sense of smell and are easy to train. They are quite affectionate and patient but also have high energy levels and need plenty of mental and physical stimulation. They are playful, adaptable and protective.
The Akita originates from Japan. It is a large dog that is known to be quite powerful and strong. They are also quite brave and loyal, showing affection to the people around them but being cautious of strangers.
They are highly alert and protective dogs and have high levels of energy. Generally, they need plenty of training and confidence otherwise they can be a bit aggressive.
30. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Finally, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has a small to medium size. It originates from England and is known to be brave, courageous, powerful and intelligent. When it comes to family and kids, these dogs are quite affectionate but can be highly protective and alert.
They are also adaptable and playful dogs while also being energetic and easy to train. However, when faced with other dogs, they might get slightly aggressive unless socialized properly.