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Popular Large Dog Breeds

Check out this gallery of popular dog breeds and find the perfect dog for you.


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    • Large Dog Breeds

      Although small dogs have always been a popular choice for U.S. pet owners, larger dog breeds are making a comeback. We'll show you some of the most popular large breeds to help you find the perfect companion. They're typically more than 20 inches tall and weigh 50 pounds or more. Remember: Each dog has its own personality.

    • German Shorthaired Pointer

      With a keen sense of smell and above-average intelligence, German shorthaired pointers make for great hunting companions. They’ll trail, receive, and point various types of birds and woodland critters. Like many dogs originally bred for hunting, they require a lot of exercise, but their loyal and gentle nature makes them the perfect family pet.

    • Saint Bernard

      This breed is known for its large size, muscular frame, and powerful body. Saint Bernards were bred to locate victims lost in snowstorms or avalanches, but they're also gentle, loving family members. These dogs come with quantities of slobbering, but if you can get past the sloppy kisses, this breed will be one of the friendliest pets you can find.

    • Vizsla

      Vizslas are another hunting breed and are usually one of the smaller types you'll find. In fact, depending on the genetics, vizslas can qualify as medium or large dogs. In addition to their hunting skills, they are a quiet but energetic breed, making them perfect for an owner that doesn't want to deal with a lot of barking.

    • Newfoundland

      This breed loves to swim and sports a long, thick coat that can protect them from icy waters. Weighing in at an average of 120 pounds, these dogs require lots of space. They might look like a lazy dog, but they require plenty of exercise and lots of love from their owners.

    • Siberian Husky

      The icon of sled dog racing, this breed is known for its hard work ethic and amazing endurance. But don’t let their rigid exterior fool you; huskies can be excellent therapy dogs as well. They require lots of exercise and plenty of room to run and play.

    • Standard Poodle

      Being one of the smartest breeds of dogs, poodles are often chosen as a show dog. They are also a perfect option for allergy-sufferers due to their hypoallergenic coats. Like many other large dogs, poodles do require plenty of exercise -- but they can be cuddlers, as well!

    • Boxer

      Boxers are most commonly known for their playful nature. When you see them play, you don’t have to wonder why they were given their name. Boxers will more than likely use their paws for just about everything and have a tendency to jump up and move their paws back and forth like a boxer. Boxers want lots of exercise and tend to be good around children.

    • Golden Retriever

      Golden retrievers have been a family-favorite for many years. They are often depicted in entertainment media as strong and loyal. Originally bred as hunting dogs, golden retrievers need lots of exercise and typically have friendly temperaments.

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      German Shepherd

      Known to be one of the best working dogs, German shepherds are often employed by police and military operations. They have been ranked number three in intelligence by neuropsychologist and author of The Intelligence of Dogs, Stanley Coren, making them easy to train and giving them the extra edge to get the job done.

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      Labrador Retriever

      The high energy levels of labs and their undeniable loyalty have made them the most popular breed in the United States for the last couple of decades. In addition, they are often a top choice when it comes to guide dogs because of their ability to be responsive, intelligent, and easygoing. You'll commonly find labs in three colors: black, yellow, and chocolate.

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      Do you want a big dog? Here are some large breeds that make excellent pets.
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