Top 10 Large Dog Breeds

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Take a look around the dog park and you’ll immediately notice that doggos do not follow the ‘one size fits all’ approach. Ranging from toy all the way up to extra large, canines come in all shapes and sizes. By most standards, a dog must weigh between 50-85 pounds and stand at least 24 inches high to be considered large. What does it mean to have a large four legged family member? Well, you’ll be doling out more kibble, cleaning up more dog hair, and going on plenty of walks. But you’ll also have more furry friend to hug and adore. If this sounds like a good trade off, consider getting one of these most pupular large dog breeds. 

#1 Labrador Retriever

Ever a favorite among dog lovers, the lab is well known for having a cheery disposition, as well as an ability to quickly learn new skills. For these reasons, labs are not only puptacular family pets, but also pawfect guide dogs and a hunter’s ideal companion. Meet a lab, and you’ll have a best friend for life!

#2 German Shepherd

These pups are often seen as K-9 officers working with their police partners. But when they are off the clock, German Shepherds are also amazing family pets. Intelligent and energetic, they will keep you on your toes and require plenty of exercise, but their loyalty and companionship simply can’t be beat.

#3 Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are known to melt hearts and make people smile. With kind faces, happy personalities, and easy going temperaments, they really are the ideal family dog. But did you know they were originally bred for retrieving waterfowl for hunters? So besides lots of love and cuddles, this breed needs a daily game of fetch.

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#4 Standard Poodle

Some people view poodles as fancy and a bit prissy. But, don’t let that elegant hairdo deceive you. Not only are these dogs incredibly smart and easy to train, they are also great companions. Since they have hypoallergenic coats, they are also the pawfect breed for those who may sneeze when around dog fur. 

#5 German Shorthaired Pointer

Active, powerful, and always up for an adventure, German Shorthaired Pointers are great companions for athletes. If they could, these pups would spend all day running, swimming, or exploring the great outdoors. Since they are speedy and smart, they make ideal candidates for agility training. They aren’t just a bundle of energy, though. These pups are also loving and devoted pets that adore their people.  

#6 Boxer

Who can resist the pointy ears, wrinkly forehead, and curious expression of a Boxer? These fun loving pups are everything you want out of a furry companion. They are ultra loyal and protective, yet affectionate and spunky. Their muscular stature may be intimidating, but deep down they are just a bundle of puppy love. 

#7 Australian Shepherd

Looking for the ideal herding dog? The Australian Shepherd, also fondly referred to as an Aussie, is the pawfect addition to any ranch or farm. This breed keeps everyone around them in line, and will herd whatever they can get their paws on, including people! These pups make great pets, just as long as they get plenty of exercise. 

#8 Collie

Lassie, anyone? Thanks to a certain famous Collie, this breed is well recognized and known for being a great companion to children. Their majestic coat and kind eyes make them a beautiful breed. Not just a pretty face, Collies are also athletic, loyal, and intelligent. Bring home a Collie, and your family will never be the same!

#9 Airedale Terrier

Known as “The King of Terriers,” the Airedale stands tall and proud. This doggo is the largest of the terrier breeds, and features long legs and snout. Always alert of their surroundings, Airedales have an innate desire to protect their home and family. A little bit stubborn and a lot determined, these dogs are also loving and sure to be your best friend.

#10 Alaskan Malamute

Besides being an absolutely gorgeous breed, the Malamute is also spirited and always up for playing. As hard workers with strong frames, they also have a serious side. Used to traveling and working in groups, these doggos can be pushy if you don’t establish yourself as the pack leader. Once you’ve gained their respect, they will be your devoted companion fur-ever!