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10 Large Dog Breeds That Are Impossible Not to Love

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.

We adore small dogs & all, but these big breeds prove size really does matter

3. Golden retriever

We adore small dogs & all, but these big breeds prove size really does matter
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Though named as such for their distinctively silky, gold-colored tresses, golden retrievers could have easily earned their name for having a heart of gold.

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. About 2-feet tall, they aren't as weighty as some of the dogs on this list, generally capping out at about 75 pounds. They also live a long life for a dog at around 11 years or so.

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

Next Up: More top 10 large dog breeds - German shepherd

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