Special Report

Most Popular Giant Dog Breeds

Detailed Findings

Big dogs are one of the reasons why dogs are so popular in the United States. According to a recent survey, 60 million American households have a total of almost 90 million dogs as pets.
Many of the large dogs on our list are herders or hunters. Some breeds need a lot of exercise and space to roam, while others are content to snooze away much of the day indoors.
Whatever the reason, all these dogs have devoted fans across the country and dedicated national clubs — a requirement for American Kennel Club recognition.


In order to determine the most popular giant dog breeds, 24/7 Wall St. used the ranking from the American Kennel Club’s list of the 190 most popular dog breeds for 2017. We considered breeds for the giant category if male dogs in that breed weigh at least 60 pounds, per the information the AKC provides on each breed.

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