The most popular dog breed lists consist mostly of big dogs. Large dogs usually range between 40-80 pounds and often make great family companions or jogging buddies. There is a wide variety of breeds that fall under large dogs, with quite a few differences between them.
1. Airedale Terrier
The Airedale is a regal and alert dog. With wiry hair, they may be a good match for families with allergies as they tend to shed less. A versatile terrier breed, they have been hunters, athletes, and beloved family members.
2. Australian Shepherd
Australian Shepherds have gained quite a bit of popularity in the past few years. They excel in almost anything they put their minds to, eagerly learning anything you’re willing to teach. A herding breed, you may want to be careful with this breed around small children, they tend to nip heels to get their charges going where the dog wants them to be, safe and under their watchful care.
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Often called a clown, the Boxer is a fun and lively breed. As a brachycephalic breed with a shortened muzzle, care should be taken to make sure their breathing isn’t constricted or labored during activities. A harness over a collar is recommended during walks. Boxers make a great family dog as they tend to be patient with children.
4. Belgian Malinois
Around the world, the Belgian Malinois works with the military and police departments. They can detect contraband in almost any situation, even in your home, if you don’t hide the treats. Extremely intelligent and mischievous, this hard-working breed needs a lot of exercise and does best with a job or with active families and individuals.
5. Doberman Pinscher
Doberman Pinschers are known to be protective of their family. With sleek athleticism and a noble bearing, the Doberman is a loyal family dog willing. They are eager to be where the action is taking place. Often called a Velcro dog, they stick close to their owners.
6. German Shepherd
One of the most popular breeds, the German Shepherd excels at just about everything. Trained as police and military dogs, they also make loyal companions. They are widely recognized for their courage and confidence in any situation.
7. Golden Retriever
Playful and intelligent, the Golden Retriever is an easy-going family dog. This breed has a luxurious coat that comes in many shades of gold and warm brown eyes. It’s easy to see why this dog is such a beloved family member to millions. Originally bred as a Scottish gundog, they are now more commonly found as pets.
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The Greyhound, despite its racing history, is often called a couch potato. This breed is found in rescues after retiring from racing or when racetracks close. Some may be a danger to cats or small animals, so be wary when walking or visiting areas with smaller animals. They tend to be independent and a little reserved, but still enjoy being part of the family.
9. Irish Setter
A strikingly beautiful gundog, the Irish Setter makes a loyal hunting and family dog. Sweet-tempered, Irish Setters are gentle and make great tennis ball retrievers. With their deep red coats and agile movements, these dogs are a joy to watch. Irish setters are eager to please and fearless.
10. Labrador Retriever
Easily one of the most iconic and popular breeds, labs as they are commonly called, make great family dogs. Their approachable and athletic nature makes them an excellent fit for active households. Always ready to join the fun, they have solidified their place with many families.
11. Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a fierce protector with a softer side. They were originally bred in South Africa to hunt lions and still maintain a strong prey drive. With their distinctive ridge of hair and wheaten coloring, they make loyal companions. Strong-willed, the Rhodesian Ridgeback needs consistent boundaries.
The world’s largest lapdog, the Rottie, as he’s affectionately known, is a lovable companion. Known for his protective nature and silly antics, no home would lack laughter with this gentle giant as a member of the household. This breed can be territorial, so early socialization is key.
13. Siberian Husky
These hardy dogs are most famous as sled dogs though they are prevalent in pet households. Siberian Huskies are escape artists. Keep an eye on them in the yard. Siberians are friendly and rarely make good guard dogs. They are quite prolific shedders who “blow their coat” twice a year.
14. Standard Poodle
The largest of the three poodle breeds, the standard poodle, is a lively and intelligent companion. Often ranked highly when it comes to intelligence, the Standard Poodle is athletic and versatile. They are often considered hypoallergenic with their tightly curled hair. While most people think of poodles as “frou-frou” dogs, that couldn’t be further from the truth. They can be goofy and willing participants in any activity.
An active companion, Weimaraners make great jogging buddies. Their distinctive silver coloring will turn anyone’s head when you’re running together. Great with kids, this breed will do well in a variety of environments if his exercise needs are met.
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