Special Report

30 Most Popular Big Dog Breeds in America

Sarah Burns, John Harrington

America loves dogs. More than 85 million families have chosen to take care of a four-legged furry friend.

A lot goes into the decision of what dog to adopt. The perfect canine companion depends on the owner’s needs. Those who are active outdoors are better off with a bigger dog breed. Typically the bigger dogs love to exercise and roam outside, even though some enjoy to just snooze away much of the day inside with their owner. Bigger dogs also make for wonderful cuddles, making them a really great choice for kids – these are the 20 best family-friendly dogs.

To identify the most popular small dogs in the United States, 24/7 Tempo used the 2018 ranking of the most popular breeds in the country, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC), which currently registers 195 breeds. We took the 30 most popular big breeds from that list. Breeds that were considered for the big category are taller than 15 inches at the shoulder and weigh at least 40 to 50 pounds on average, according to AKC.

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