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45 Best Large Dog Breeds for People Who Have a Lot of Love to Give

Good Housekeeping Logo By Caroline Picard of Good Housekeeping | Slide 1 of 46: Looking to adopt a new furry friend? Bigger isn't always better, of course, but when it comes to finding your perfect canine companion, a teeny-tiny Chihuahua won't exactly make the best jogging buddy. Typically tipping the scales at 50-80 pounds (although some varieties may skew slightly larger or smaller), these large dog breeds can be great for families who want an active exercise pal or a pet that's easy to train. And if you've never cuddled a dog the size of a small pony, you've never lived. Many of these breeds are lovable family dogs, too! Before adopting a large dog, make sure you factor in the time and budget that you're able to realistically provide for your pet. Owning a dog can cost about $15,000 or more over its lifetime, according to the American Kennel Club. That money can go towards veterinary visits, grooming and food, just to name a few common expenses. All large breeds will require more kibble than their pocket-sized counterparts, but a poodle, for example, will need more frequent haircuts than a boxer. A highly active breed will also need a lot more exercise than canine couch potatoes, but all pups deserve basic obedience training, regular walks and daily play time for both physical and mental stimulation. And if you're looking for a pet that's more lap-sized, check out these small and medium dog breeds. Curious about the biggest, most giant dog breeds? These gigantic pups weigh in the 75-150 pound range (or more!).

Looking to adopt a new furry friend? Bigger isn't always better, of course, but when it comes to finding your perfect canine companion, a teeny-tiny Chihuahua won't exactly make the best jogging buddy. Typically tipping the scales at 50-80 pounds (although some varieties may skew slightly larger or smaller), these large dog breeds can be great for families who want an active exercise pal or a pet that's easy to train. And if you've never cuddled a dog the size of a small pony, you've never lived. Many of these breeds are lovable family dogs, too!

Before adopting a large dog, make sure you factor in the time and budget that you're able to realistically provide for your pet. Owning a dog can cost about $15,000 or more over its lifetime, according to the American Kennel Club. That money can go towards veterinary visits, grooming and food, just to name a few common expenses. All large breeds will require more kibble than their pocket-sized counterparts, but a poodle, for example, will need more frequent haircuts than a boxer. A highly active breed will also need a lot more exercise than canine couch potatoes, but all pups deserve basic obedience training, regular walks and daily play time for both physical and mental stimulation.

And if you're looking for a pet that's more lap-sized, check out these small and medium dog breeds. Curious about the biggest, most giant dog breeds? These gigantic pups weigh in the 75-150 pound range (or more!).

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