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Top 10 large breed dogs

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 fur-ball to receive slobbery kisses from. Look no further, as PetMD has compiled a list of our top ten favorite large dog breeds to meet your every need.

7. Great Dane

Monumental in size and personality, the Great Dane towers over other large breeds.

Often thought to be the world's tallest dog, only the Irish Wolfhound can claim to be taller.

Great Dane

Gibson the Great Dane, however, currently holds the world record for tallest dog. Great Danes are gentle giants, calm and friendly, despite their intimidating size. They do require love, attention, and plenty of space to exercise those long limbs, though, so they're ideal if you have a big backyard.

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