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Top 10 large dog breeds

Cecilia is a regular contributor to PetMD, the largest global source of pet health information. PetMD's content is created by veterinary professionals and covers 9 different species.

The bigger, the better

Leave the pampered Pomeranians to celebrities and socialites — some of us look for a little more in a dog, whether it be for an exercise companion, a playmate for children, a watchful guard or just a big, lovable furball to receive slobbery kisses from. Look no further, as PetMD has compiled a list of our top 10 favorite large dog breeds to meet your every need.

10. Bernese mountain dog

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.

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 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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