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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

1. Labrador retriever

Big dogs are born with an irresistible charm that is pretty darn hard not to like
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What can be said about the Labrador retriever that hasn't been said? The fact that the Lab placed No. 1 in the American Kennel Club's registration lists for 18 consecutive years speaks a lot for itself.

Equally excellent at being a working or companion dog, the Lab's intelligence and lovable personality make this breed the most popular dog in the world, regardless of size. They're usually about 2-feet tall, weigh 55 to 80 pounds and live a pretty long time, about 11 years.

These are one of the best dog breeds if you have kids. They aren't just accepting of kids — they seem to enjoy the chaos and often willingly submit to whatever humiliation kids dole out (like wearing crazy hats). They can also be great with other pets if properly socialized.

Originally published Oct. 2010. Updated Sept. 2016.

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