Is there anything more magnificent than a big black dog standing majestically in the yard with the sunlight glinting off their sleek coat? We don’t think so!
That’s why we’ve created this list of 10 big black dog breeds we think you’ll love.
Some you may already be familiar with, like the Newfoundland, while others may be new to you, like the Black Russian Terrier.
Things to Consider When Looking for a Black Dog Breed
If you think it’s time to add a big black dog breed to your family, there are some things you should keep in mind that not all people need to be concerned with as they look to add a furry member to their family.
For starters, be careful when looking specifically for a black dog in breeds that come in a variety of colors. In some dogs, breeding specifically for one color can lead to a higher likelihood of other genetic problems.
For instance, the gene that produces Black German Shepherds is recessive. A Black German Shepherd puppy that was born to two black parents is more likely to have inherited other recessive genes that could lead to health problems.
Look for Black German Shepherd puppies that were born to a litter where at least one parent has standard coloration.
Big dog breeds are somewhat more likely to have serious inherited health problems like hip dysplasia, heart problems, and cancer than smaller dog breeds.
That’s why it’s crucial to look for a puppy from a breeder that does plenty of health testing on their breeding animals to reduce the likelihood of producing puppies with those health conditions.
Big dogs can be a handful for unprepared owners, so many shelters and rescue groups are full of big dogs, even big black ones.
Adopting a big dog is a great way to save a life; just be aware that you don’t know how much training or socialization the dog may have received, and they may have behavioral problems you will need to work with.
You also need to consider your living conditions.
Do you have the time and energy to make sure your large dog gets plenty of exercise? Do you have a yard for them to romp around in? Do you have small kids who could get bumped into by a large dog?
Make sure you’re ready for the responsibility of having a large black dog breed before bringing one into your home.