The largest dog breeds in the United States – 24/7 Wall St.


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“Go big or go home” isn’t just popular in American sports. Expression is also a popular approach to decision making. Sometimes this also applies to having dogs as pets. Cuddling your dog is especially enjoyable when it comes to a large breed. Once you get past their size, which can be intimidating at first, large canines are usually very good-natured and affectionate.

Dogs considered to be giant dog breeds are subject to interpretation, although there are breeds that are unequivocally among the largest in the world.

To compile a list of the largest dog breeds in the United States, 24/7 Tempo looked at data from the American Kennel Club. We only considered breeds with male dogs weighing at least 70 pounds.

Extra large dogs have always been bred for hunting or for protection. They usually need daily exercise too like socialization to develop these instincts.

Another factor to consider before adding a giant four-legged member to your family is life expectancy. The average life expectancy of a dog is between 10 and 13 years. But the life expectancy of large dogs is several years shorter. These 26 dog breeds have the shortest lifespans.

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To determine the largest dog breeds in the United States, 24/7 Tempo reviewed information on each of the 282 dog breeds currently listed by the American Kennel Club, the country’s registry for purebred dogs. We only considered breeds with male dogs weighing at least 70 pounds, according to the AKC information on each breed. Information on popularity, size, temperament, and breed category was also sourced from the AKC.


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