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Top 10 large dog breeds

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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.
 

1. Labrador retriever

What can be said about the Labrador retriever that hasn't been said? The fact that the Lab placed number one 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, its intelligence and lovable personality make this breed the most popular dog in the world, regardless of size. They're usually about 2 feet tall and 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.

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