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Top 10 large dog breeds that prove bigger is better

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Big dogs are born with an irresistible charm that is pretty darn hard not to like

Big dogs may need more room and can require a little extra care, but big dog owners know that with a larger breed, you're getting more to love. According to the latest 2015-2016 survey from the American Pet Products Association, most Americans own small dogs, at an estimated 50 percent, but big dogs come in close second. About 37 percent of households own a larger breed, as a companion, a guard dog or even an oversized playmate for the kids.

Here are 10 adorable dog breeds that are truly larger than life.

10. Bernese mountain dog

Big dogs are born with an irresistible charm that is pretty darn hard not to like
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We can thank the Swiss for many great things: fine chocolate, luxury watches... and the Bernese mountain dog. This dog has become extremely popular throughout the years, recognizable because of its affectionate personality and keen intelligence.

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Regal looking with its long, silky, tri-colored fur, the Bernese mountain dog is a true outdoors dog that, as its name might imply, fares well in cold weather. Ever patient and loyal, this large dog breed would make a great addition to any family with children, despite having a potential height of 23 to 28 inches and a weight of up to 110 pounds. Just note that due to their propensity to develop cancer, their life expectancy is only about 6 to 8 years, and they should be regularly screened by a qualified vet.

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