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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.

3. Golden Retriever

Though named as such for their distinctively gold-coloured silky tresses, Golden Retrievers could have easily earned their name for having a heart of gold.

Golden Retriever

Friendly to both owners and strangers alike, these dogs are renowned for their compatibility with children. Golden Retrievers are primarily indoor pets, but do require a daily dose of exercise running around the yard.

Plus... how could you resist this adorable face?

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