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Most Popular Small (and Big) Dog Breeds in America

Most Popular Large Dogs

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15. Cane Corso
> Average weight (male): 100 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 40

Originating in Italy and bred as guard dogs, cane corso are described by the AKC as “peerless protectors.” Notwithstanding their intimidating appearance — they are among the biggest dogs in the world — cane corso are also intelligent, loyal, and docile in the company of their owners.

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14. Basset Hounds
> Average weight (male): 65 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 39

Originally bred in France, the basset hound is known for its droopy features, hunting ability, and keen sense of smell, which is second only to that of its cousin, the bloodhound. Bassets are great with kids and, despite their size, think of themselves as lap dogs.

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13. Collies
> Average weight (male): 60-75 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 37

Collies have strong herding abilities and protective instincts, as generations who have seen Lassie in films and on television know. They are strong, loyal, affectionate, and elegant dogs, and they respond well to training. Originally bred in Scotland and Northern England to herd sheep, collies make surprisingly good couch potatoes.

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12. Newfoundlands
> Average weight (male): 130 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 35

Newfoundlands were originally bred as working dogs for fishermen in the Canadian province after which they are named. Newfoundlands are big, strong, loyal, and excellent swimmers, with lifesaving instincts in the water. The breed is easy to train and eager to please. It is an excellent companion and is even referred to as “the nanny dog.” Novelist J.M. Barrie specified that the beloved “Nana” in “Peter Pan” was a Newfoundland.

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11. Weimaraners
> Average weight (male): 70-90 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 34

This handsome, courageous breed originated in Germany as a big-game hunting companion. While they have since thoroughly adapted to family life and love being surrounded by their humans, they are still very energetic and require a lot of exercise.

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