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Most Popular Giant Dog Breeds

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25. Chinese Shar-Pei
> Average weight (male): Up to 60 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 64

Shar-pei have some very distinctive characteristics, including a rough coat and folds of wrinkled skin. They are intelligent but stubborn and need to be trained at an early age. Unfortunately, shar-pei are prone to a range of health conditions, including allergic skin disease, eye disorders, and various bone and joint problems.

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24. Dalmatians
> Average weight (male): Up to 70 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 63

The dalmatian is known for its spotted coat, although puppies are born without spots. It has a unique AKC designation — coach dog — as it was used to accompany and guard horse-drawn coaches. The breed has been known to generations of children as the star of the Dodie Smith book and Walt Disney film adaptation “101 Dalmatians.”

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23. Alaskan Malamutes
> Average weight (male): 85 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 59

The Alaskan malamute, the official dog of the nation’s largest state, is named after the Mahlemut people of Alaska, a native Inuit tribe whose remoteness helped preserve the purity of this ancient dog breed. Malamutes are true working dogs and have been used to pull sleds, hunt seals, and protect people from bears. They are also friendly, loyal, and make great pets.

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22. Samoyeds
> Average weight (male): Up to 65 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 57

The Samoyed originated in Siberia, where it was used to hunt and herd reindeer, as a watchdog, and to pull sleds. Its thick white coat provides protection against the harshest conditions. Explorer Roald Amundsen relied on samoyeds to get him to the South Pole.

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21. Portuguese Water Dogs
> Average weight (male): Up to 60 lbs.
> Popularity ranking among all dogs: 54

Described as medium sized and robust by the AKC, this breed has an advantage above the other water-loving pups — a waterproof coat. The most well-known of the breed is former “first dog” Bo, who belongs to President Obama and his family. Malia, President Obama’s daughter, is allergic to dogs, which led to Bo’s “appointment.”

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