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Giant Breeds Currently in Rescue

Many of the gentle giants that come to Big Dogs Huge Paws have been neglected, abused or found as strays & out of time at a shelter. Others have simply been abandoned by their owners due to a divorce, new baby, moving -- to name a few. Many who surrender their dogs tell us they are “too big” or “too expensive." Some of the dogs coming into rescue are well-trained and well-behaved, but others need the time and patience to grow. Despite their past, giant breed dogs are incredibly forgiving and eager to please. They have so much love to give and are all very special. We are looking to place these amazing dogs in forever homes with families who will love the pup unconditionally and give them the love and support they need for the rest of their lives.

Quick overview on terms:

  • New to rescue - under evaulation: We are still evaluating this dog's special needs in terms of medical care, behavioral issues and temperament/personality. You are welcome to get on their waitlist. You will be notified when they are ready for adoption if/when it is your turn. If you see a pending adoption appear on a dog you are waitlisted for, it means a family ahead of you on their list has been matched with the dog. 
  • Pending Adoption: This dog has been matched with a forever family and will be heading to their new home as soon as transport/placement can be arranged. You can stay on their waitlist in case the adoption falls through, but it is uncommon.
  • Medical/Behavioral Hold: This pup requires advanced care medically or behaviorally before they will be ready for adoption. You can get on their waitlist and will be notified when they are ready for adoption if/when it is your turn in line. 
  • Permanent Foster: We have decided this pup needs to stay in rescue. As such, they are not available for adoption.

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Available Dogs
Naki is being a bit quiet about herself currently as we are getting to know her and her us but we are patient and will provide this sweetie with whatever she needs till we know all about her. She is a 2.5 year old, fawn Mastiff/Saint Bernard maybe she can have the honorary title of Saintiff and this will make her extra special!

Can you smelllllllll what the Rock's been cooking?! Rock has found his way to BDHP after being picked up as an unclaimed stray. This big boy is about 3 years young, a mastiff/dane mix and a solid 130 lbs of puppy who is scared of his own shadow right now! He loves to play once he comes out of his shell and is comfortable in a new environment and he is very good with other dogs.

Kubiak was found roaming a neighborhood with no owner in sight and he was taken in by a local family in order to keep him safe, warm and fed. No owner came forward and this sweet, 3 year old, black Great Dane is now in great hands with BDHP and he will be receiving the nutritional and medical care he needs. Kubiak is quite emaciated but with regular meals he is gaining weight nicely and will be filled out in no time.

Meet Toby, the giant buffoon. He is a 1.5 yr old, 140 lb, fawn Great Dane. This giant puppy is a house trained, leash trained and he also knows how to sit, stay, down and heel on a leash. He was kept outside during the day in his prior home and did do some digging and chewing because he was bored. This has not been a problem in his foster home where he is kept inside, given proper exercise, chew toys or bones and crated during the day.

Murphy is a 1.5 to 2-year-old Apricot English Mastiff. He is described as a big “super-goofy” guy by the shelter workers who stated that he also loves people and holds no grudges for being left out on his own (found as a stray). He likes to play with other dogs, but he is exuberant so he would need to have a fursibling that can match his play and energy style.

Hello, everyone. My name is Marshmellow, and the unusual spelling is appropriate and intended, because I'm a pretty mellow dude! I'm a distinguished gentleman, an 8-year-old male Great Pyrenees, weighing in at right around 85 pounds. I was rescued from a shelter by BDHP, and I'm glad they saved me, because that environment wasn't good for me at all. So scary.

Miss Luna is a 3 year old, Merle Great Dane who is house trained, crate trained and walks very well on a leash. She was originally a puppy mill dog and is still a bit timid and more comfortable around other dogs than humans as a result. She is a good girl who knows how to come, sit, lay down, take a break and go to your room - she is one smart cookie! Luna doesn't bark, chew on items that are not hers and doesn't ruin her nails by digging holes for no reason.

Sasha has come to us after he owner moved and felt that they could no longer give her the life she deserves.  She is a 6 yr old, white, fluffy Great Pyrenees who is house trained and barks to alert (no surprise there right?!). She was kept outside previously during the day but she is welcoming the change of pace of being a more indoor dog, like most Pyrs though she does enjoy patrolling her area to ensure her family and yard is safe.

Mega, also known as Otto, is a 3 month old, Black Brindle, English Mastiff who found himself starving and behind bars at a shelter due to no fault of his own. The vet said he had a body condition score of 2 out of 9 so he is desperate for some groceries and good nutrition. Despite his rough start at life, he is just a goofy, silly puppy who simply wants love and a family of his very own.

Please help us welcome Miss Lyla Blue to the family! She is a 2 yr old, blue brindle Cane Corso who is very underweight at only 67 lbs but we will have her in tip top shape in no time as she has a very healthy appetite.

This beautiful 7-year-old, black brindle Mastiff mix is Mya. Unfortunately, her family is no longer able to keep her, so someone else is going to be very lucky. She is house trained, crate trained, leash trained and knows all her basic commands. Not only that, buy Mya is trustworthy with free roam, loves car rides and gets along with other dogs and kids. She is leery of some men but her foster family will be working to build her confidence.

Athena was surrendered to local animal control facility in pretty rough shape - thankfully they knew she needed some extra TLC and contacted us to bring her into our program. Athena is a 6 yr old, fawn, female Bullmastiff who has obviously been bred quite frequently but will never have to be used like that again as she will be spayed.

My name is Chubby, and I hope to someday live up to that moniker. I'm a 4-year-old, male Cane Corso, and I like to think I'm a pretty handsome tan-and-"blue" man, if I say so myself. I'm good with other dogs, but true to my breed I need a strong leader, slow introductions and environmental management initially. I'm very treat-motivated, and I'm basically just a super-sweet guy who adores people.

Mr. Duke, the very handsome and distinguished gentleman of 7 years is looking for his new home. He is a 105 lb black Labradane (Great Dane/Labrador mix) who has come to BDHP due to the new addition to the house.

Kingston is an approximately 2 year old, 139 lb fawn English Mastiff that was found with his friend Naki wandering around as a stray. He was picked up and when no one came to claim either of them the shelter contacted BDHP and we were delighted because this poor boy has been through the ringer and he needs all the love and reassurance he can get...and his foster family will be more than happy to provide it for him.

Anchors aweigh!  Meet Bosun our 150lb., 11 year old, male (Bronze and White) Newfoundland.  This handsome boy is looking for a home with minimal stairs as he does have arthritis. He is an indoor dog who is trustworthy with free roam. He is leash trained, enjoys car rides and knows sit. Bosun barks to alert and is not allowed on the furniture. He does not dig or chew and has lived with dogs, cats and children.

Romulus here and I'm checking in to see if I can find my new subjects, ones that will do my bidding...feed me, pet me, cuddle with me...ok ok so I'm not really the first king of Rome but as you can clearly see I am quite regal looking BOL "barking out loud". Let me give you the low down on me to see if we would be a good match. I am about 3 yrs old, am a Great Dane/Saint Bernard mix but I am sporting a gorgeous merle coat.

Chevy is our lucky number..7.. year old, black, male, Great Dane who is in rescue because his owner fell on hard times and wanted only the best for him so BDHP answered the call. This handsome Dane is house, crate and leash trained. He knows the commands of sit, speak, shake, lay down and stay. He is trustworthy with free roam and only barks to alert or come inside. He loves chew toys and is not allowed on the furniture..but he would like to be.

Okay, everyone who's looking for a tail-wagging love of a boy, raise your hand! Now put them down and start filling out your application for me, Joey (also known as Geoff, if you prefer)! I'm a 6-year-old male Mastiff mix, handsome fawn in color, as you can see by my photos. And maybe that tail-wagging comment was a little off, as I have more of a tail "nub" than an actual long tail, but whatever you want to call it, I wag it constantly. As in all the time.

Troubadour "a French medieval lyric poet composing and singing in Provençal in the 11th to 13th centuries, especially on the theme of courtly love." Well let me sing the song of my people...or perhaps I shall compose you a poem of the wonderful things I will bring unto your life if you adopt many choices!

Dante, is a 5-6 year old, black, male Great Dane who is coming to us from a shelter where he was surrendered along with another Great Dane named Dax. You see Dante and his brother had been locked outside, neglected, starved (he was 40 lbs underweight upon arrival) and left to live with a pig, horse, donkey and chickens. He did so without issue for several months until an incident where they had an altercation with the mini pig.

Sometimes, the saddest stories have the happiest endings. My name is Cassius Clay (but you can call me "Cash," as I'm a lover and not a boxer) and I'm a 6-year-old male Bullmastiff mix. I was rescued from an abuse situation almost two years ago, and unfortunately, my rescuer now has a lot of bad health issues, so I'm looking for a new forever home. With continued work and love, I know you'd help my heart, as well as my former rescuer's heart, heal.

Izzy comes to us from her breeder who was unable to sell her but wanted her to have a loving home and they knew we were her best bet. She was born in February this year making her 9 months old and she has a gorgeous merle coat. She is a super sweet young lady who is very social with people and good with all other dogs that she has met.

Roccooooooo is a handsome, 15 month old, brindle Presa Canario with cropped ears who is looking for a new place to lay his jowls. Rocco has an amazing skill set under his furry belt for such a young man...he is house trained, leash trained and crate trained. He knows how to sit, lay down and  he loves a game of fetch..yep you heard that right a mastiff who likes to play fetch!

Hi, I am Eowyn, the 2-year-old, fawn, female Boerboel Mastiff. My previous owner felt that I needed a more experienced owner who would have a little more time to devote to me (and let’s face it, being a mom of kids does keep one’s hands pretty full). In addition, I am a challenging breed that needs someone who can work on leadership training and handle my power and dominance as I am not the dog breed for the average dog owner.

Here comes Harley....vrooom vroom....ok this older gal isn't quite up for all that jazz anymore but she sure is ready to ride her way into your lives and park herself on your couch permanently! Harley is an 8 year old, black Great Dane who is super, super sweet. She has arthritic knees but she is not a surgical candidate so she will require a ranch style home with limited stairs and pain medication to manage her discomfort.

This is Mandy, a 7-year-old, bronze Newfie. She has special needs and is looking for a special home. Mandy’s owner passed away and other family members are unable to care for her due to their own obligations. This sweet, submissive girl is leash trained and a couch potato. She loves liver treats and car rides and gets along with other dogs, cats and kids. She’s not a barker, digger or chewer.

"The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire." Meet Nixon, he is a 3 year old Mantle Dane who has come to us with some medical issues that we are bound and determined to solve for him and get him healthy and on his way to his forever family. Nixon has wobblers disease and while his owner's were told previously he didn't need surgery, we are going to get a second opinion and make sure we are doing everything possible to ensure quality of life.

How do you do, my name Brandy the 5-6 year old Great Dane/Saint Bernard mix and I love to roo! I came to BDHPI because my owners felt I wasn't good with their children, given my old age. I am house trained, crate trained, leash trained and can be inside or outside -- though I prefer the couch. I love to go on car rides, and I enjoy playing with other dogs, too. I am a little scared of thunder and water hoses, so can we avoid those?

Quin is a 5 month old, brindle 'Gladiator Dane' which just means this cute bundle of fur is a Dane/Mastiff mix. Quin is 55lbs of silly puppy that has unfortunately not had the best socializing up until this point so he can be timid but not fearful. He is house trained and crate trained and he loves other dogs, but prefers to dine alone which easy enough in crate or another room.

My name is Chloe aka Rapunzel (Rapunzel was my shelter name and my foster family decided I needed lovely & sweet new name to start me off on the right foot to a new beginning) I think Chloe suits me pretty well. I'm a 6 yr old, female piebald merle Great Dane. I'm so thankful to all the wonderful people with BDHP for becoming my new family & scooping me up when my life seemed pretty bleak.

Meet the newest addition to our family, Mona Lisa. She is a 4 year old, tri-colored, smooth coat Saint Bernard that was thankfully rescued from a social media site where she was being given away to the first person that could get her and we are very happy that a fellow rescuer was able to get her and bring her to us!

Welcome Mr. Feeny to the neighborhood! Mr. Feeny is a 2 year old, white with tan and grey Great Pyrenees/Anatolian mix who was abandoned by his previous owners at their rental property where he had lived his entire life outside. Thankfully for him, he is now on to bigger and better things and we are happy that we are able to give him this opportunity to experience life in big dog fashion! Mr.

Grace is a 4-year-old white Saint Bernard/Pyrenees mix. She was born on a sanctuary and lived outside with lots of other dogs in kennels with little human contact so she hasn't been well socialized. In spite of that, she is a super sweet wiggle butt who is eager to learn and to please and loving all the attention she is getting now. She gets along with other dogs and is living with 2 currently, but kids might be a bit much for her due to her timid nature.

Rieley, the 132 lb, 9 year old, tri-colored Saint Bernard has arrived! He was surrendered to a local animal shelter due itching which we suspect is allergy related. We will be figuring out what is causing this for him and get him on his way to recovery and his forever family. Rieley is a typical Saint with an independent nature but he still very much enjoys his time with his family and is a big lover boy.

This beautiful fawn, 5-year-old, Fawn Bullmastiff is Nala. Living circumstances have changed for her family, and this wonderful girl is looking for her furever home. She is house trained, crate trained and leash trained. She also knows commands such as sit, stay, no and kennel. She loves car rides, Nylabones, natural bones and stuffed animals, but guns and fireworks scare her.

Abby hasn't had the best start to life which was evident when she was rescued off of an online site by her current family. She was emaciated and clearly used to breed but once her usefulness was over with she went to whomever had the money first; and lucky for her she ended up in a home that cared for her. Abby is a 4 year old, Cane Corso with cropped ears.

Dem bones, dem bones, dem big Mastiff/Lab bones! Hello, all! My name is Bones, and I'm a 2 1/2 year-old, male Bullmastiff/Lab mix. My former family fell on hard times and ran out of money and space and time for me, and their yard wasn't fenced so I was getting bored and not nearly enough exercise for my bones. So I'm hoping you can give me room to run and lots of play and exercise time in my new home!

Diesel is back but that is okay because we know the right home is out there for him. He was having disagreements with one of the resident dogs, and his owners felt he wasn't right for their situation. He really needs someone who understands his breed and the importance of both leadership and environmental management when it comes to a dog with natural protective instincts. Mr.

Please meet Sylvia, a lovely, 7-8 year old, cropped brindle Great Dane. This darling girl was found as a stray and since no one came to claim her we decided we would and make her part of ours! Sylvia will be an amazing fit for any home as this sweet, mellow girl is friendly with everyone she has met so far. The shelter told us that she passed her dog test with flying colors, kept her kennel clean, and had no food aggression despite her condition.

Hi there, it's Little Bear the Great Pyr Mix, and I'm so hoping to find that perfect "bear cave" for me. I've returned to BDHPI because I was overly protective of my new home and could be scared when startled around their young child. So I'm looking for a quiet home with a secure fenced yard, and someone that understands and appreciates my breed. I take my job of protecting the my home and family seriously and I won't let anything happen to you.

This regal, gentle 8-year-old Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees Mix is Bode (now called “Leo” for Leonidas). He is looking for a place to call his own after his owner’s circumstances changed. He gets along very well with dogs and cats (had lived with 3 cats and 2 other dogs previously), and he is truly a gentle giant. True to his breed he will calmly and quietly patrol the property, mark his territory, and will bark to alert.

Porkchop (formerly Hooch) is back to find the right home for him to be successful in. He is a chunky, wrinkly, nubby tailed Dogue de Bordeaux/Bulldog mix who is 2 years old. He does have a cherry eye issue and while he has had 2 surgeries they haven't held so he will be seeing a doggy ophthalmologist to check out what further options we have for him.

How do you do, my name is Cleetus! I'm a 7-9-year-old Mastiff mix. I have spent the past 5 weeks in Animal Control and let me just tell you how much I love the sweet taste of freedom! I am so grateful to my foster family for taking a chance on me and giving me a chance to enjoy the comforts of a home once again.

I'm hoping that third time will be my forever home! My name is Zeus and I was transferred over to BDHP after being surrendered back to the shelter I was adopted from 3 years ago. My parents were getting divorced and for some reason I was unable to go live with either of them, so here I am, waiting again for that home that will be mine always. I'm a 3-4 yr old, 125 lbs Saint Bernard/Mastiff mix (it's the best guess and we're going with it!).

Most people love their Nana, right? I'm hoping to find a home where I can find that type of love, as I feel I have a lot of love to give. My name is Nana, and I'm an 8-year-old, Black, female Great Dane. My foster family also calls me Nana Banana. I'm a typical Dane -- I have been called "lovely and sweet" with the usual gentle giant temperament. I'm house-trained, kennel-trained, not destructive and well-mannered.

Kiara is in the house! Hello all, l'm a 10 year old, 118 lb Saint Bernard and I've arrived into rescue because of circumstances out of my control. I lived with the same family for most of my life, but they were forced to relocate & were going to euthanize me. Thank dog I was saved by a lady who wanted to make sure that didn't happen, and now I'm at BDHPI.

My name is Addison, but my friends call me Addie. I'm a 3 month old, female Newfoundland. Some say I am a super fluffy, cute bundle of joy...others say crazy puppy with sharp teeth who has much to learn....I say it depends on the day! I was thankfully surrendered by my breeder to BDHP because I was born with genetic conditions called PDA, SAS, and Severe Pulmonic Valve Stenosis.

Hello-hello, this is Harriet the black with salt and pepper Great Dane Mix. I think I'm around 8-10 years old, but you'd never know it because I am young at heart and still love to play. I recently came back to BDHP because of some issues with the small dog in my home. Ideally I would love to be the only dog where I can get all the love and attention. I've been cat tested and did just fine with them, but I haven't had a ton of experience with them.

Salt here and I'm coming to BDHP due to some sad circumstances. My mama had to surrender me because my daddy passed away a year ago and she cannot afford our old house anymore so we have to part ways so we can both get back on our feet. I am a 4 year old, Harlequin, female Great Dane and I'm house trained, leash trained and an inside dog. I am trustyworthy with free roam and I only bark to alert.

Hi friends! My name is Skye and boy do I have a story to tell you! Three years ago my sister and I were born into this world and through no fault of our own we were born deaf & blind. We were born deaf & blind because an irresponsible backyard breeder used their 2 harlequins to produce a litter of puppies and this caused a genetic defect called the double merle gene.

Hello Friends! My name is Cleo and if you have a minute I would like to tell you my story. Three years ago my sister and I were came into this world born deaf & blind. We were born deaf & blind because an irresponsible backyard breeder bred their 2 harlequin Great Danes to produce a litter of puppies and this caused a genetic defect called the double merle gene.

Hi, Bear here! Bear as in a teddy bear, not a grizzly bear!  I am a 2 year old, brindle, male English Mastiff.  I am house trained and crate trained, although I am trustworthy of free roam. I am not a barker, digger, or a chewer and am a total couch potato!  I am good with kids and most other dogs.  Upon meeting other dogs I can be fearful and bark - I definitely need proper introductions, but I warm right up. Cats are unknown creatures to me.

Hello there! My name is Cleo – I might not look Egyptian, but I can be very regal at times. I’m a 7-8 year old Great Dane/mastiff mix who can’t wait to find a forever family. My previous owner couldn’t keep me anymore because of a work transfer. I am house trained, crate trained, great off leash and know the commands sit, down and come. I definitely love being inside more than out and will only bark during play.

Howdy-do, my name is Frankie! I’m a 7-year-old, 106.8 lb, smooth-coated St. Bernard. I’m good with dogs, cats and kids – they’re all playmates to me and despite my age, I am still quite a playful guy. I love to run around with other puppies and get them to play -- I'm like a spry 4 year old! I am considered a total sweetheart, although I can be scared of strangers at first.

Hi, my name is Pearl! I am a 5 year old, light Merle Great Dane female and boy am I glad to be with BDHPI! You see, I was found as a stray and barely alive at the time. I was completely emaciated with mammary tumors and heartworm positive. My chances of adoption at the shelter were slim to none due to the medical care I would require. I am now happy to report that I've gained weight, and my tumors and heartworm have been taken care of!

Bonjour, comment allez-vous? My name is Fifi, and I'm a sweet 3.5 year old red Dogue de Bordeaux. I came to rescue after my previously family found they didn't have time to talk me on walks and were without a big yard for me to play in. I can be a bit of a handful on leash and am reactive to other strange dogs. While I am okay with some dogs after slow, proper intros, I'll admit I'd rather be the only dog and spoiled with all the love and attention.

Hi! My name is Ursula and boy am I glad I found a place in rescue! It's so much better here than where I was! I was abandoned in a park right behind a shelter one day after the intake was closed for the day. I was only 85 pounds, very thin, in need of eye surgery and heartworm treatment. I wasn't in the greatest health and honestly I was feeling pretty low. But then I was saved, and now I know better days are ahead and I'll be getting the medical care I need!

Hi, I'm Griffy! I'm a 5-year-old English Mastiff, and I was surrendered to rescue simply because I was "too big." I don't know how to be anything other than who I am though, so I'm not going to apologize for my size!  For an English Mastiff, I am pretty average sized. I'm a big, strong boy and may come across as intimidating upon first meeting a stranger, but I am a big softie on the inside.

Hello there, I'm Bella. I'm a 7-year-old, Grey Brindle, female Irish Wolfhound. I'm here with rescue because my owner passed away. I'm really missing my owner and my Dalmation friend who lived with me, but I'm glad someone was willing to help me find a new home and I am doing great with the other dogs in my foster home and the tiny human who runs around the place. I'm house trained, crate trained, and leash trained.

Queen of Hearts (aka Queenie) here and while I must admit that my name may make you think I'm not fond of those who disagree with me, let me assure I am all about love! You see in my short 2.5 years I was left to fend for myself and my 11 (yes, you heard that right) puppies underneath an abandoned house. And you will have to forgive me for a minute as I toot my own horn here because I was very proud of what I did!

Ruby the 3.5 year old fawn, female English Mastiff is a special jewel looking for her forever home. She is a submissive girl who had a run of bad luck with her left rear leg. Ruby suffered a fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE), which is essentially a stroke in her lower back on 8/27/14. The good news is Miss Ruby's prognosis is positive, and she has done physical therapy for two years to help her leg get back its mobility and she is making progress slowly but surely.

HELLLLLOOOOOO there, my name is Sally and I'm a 7-year-old English Mastiff. I came to BDHPI after my sister and I were used for breeding. Now that my sister has been adopted, I'm just waiting to find my forever home. I am leash trained and have good recall off leash. I don't bark and have learned all the good manners a dog should have from my foster family. I am good with other dogs after proper introductions.

Say hello to Moses. He won’t part the seas or bring you a tablet with words to live by, but he will be a loyal companion and promise you his undying love. Moses is one cool Cane Corso pup that is Blue in color and only 2 years old(almost 3).  Moses has been bounced around quite a bit since his original parents divorced and his mom had no place to take care of him.

Maggie is a darling 6-year-old brindle Fila Brasileiro who came to BDHPI from a shelter in South Dakota. When she was first adopted out at 9 months old, she had the typical puppy antics, and the family didn't have time for her. So she's back with her foster family and has learned a great many things since then. True to her breed, she can be dominant at times. She has been thriving with her foster's other dogs since she is last in the pack order.