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Top 10 large dog breeds

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These big dogs show that bigger really is better when it comes to dog breeds

Most big dog owners agree on one thing: The bigger the dog, the more there is to love. Big dogs are fun, feisty and fiercely loyal — making them perfect exercise companions, guard dogs, cuddle buddies and even playmates for kids. If you have a big, dog-shaped hole in your life that needs filling, we've come up with our top 10 large dog breeds for you.

1. Labrador retriever

These big dogs show that bigger really is better when it comes to dog breeds
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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.

Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/18/2016

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