I had looked into Bernese Mountain Dogs and Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs before. The Berners seem to have a lot of health problems and short lifespan, Swissies are a little longer-lived and have less health issues although since they're both giant breeds still they may have shorter lifespans.
I was thinking of a Swissie as an option (especially before I was looking for higher longevity) but they are apparently aloof and can be quite cautious/protective, not like the Berners, and I was not sure if they would be a good dog for taking everywhere.
Someone else suggested a Rottweiler but I am not sure about their health, I think cancer is fairly common with them?
You only fed raw or home made, and limited vaccines to the absolute bare minimum ... it other words followed a holistic path for your dog, rather than the conventional method?
Yes I am definitely planning to do this. I did titers and limited vaccines and fed a partial raw diet with Bianca, but I am going to be more strict on this with my future dogs. My vet is a 'traditional' vet but she also does some holistic things in her practice, and not over-vaccination and that type of thing, and also feeds raw. I've also been considering going to this holistic vet
for my next dog's primary vet as she is very into that type of thing, or at the very least consulting with her. I took my previous dogs to her but only for specific health issues (physical rehab and acupuncture for my previous dogs and for Bianca I consulted with her about her cancer.)