Special Report

30 Most Popular Big Dog Breeds in America

Sarah Burns, John Harrington

Source: Thinkstock

20. Weimaraners
> Overall AKC rank in 2018: 36 out of 195
> Life expectancy: 10-13 years
> Temperament: Friendly, Fearless, Obedient

The Weimaraner is named after the German city of Weimar, where it was bred as a hunting and retrieving dog. It has distinctive silver-gray coloration and bright blue eyes. The Weimaraner is an excellent pet known for its friendliness and obedience, but needs to be kept active.

Source: Ocskaymark / Getty Images

19. Border Collies
> Overall AKC rank in 2018: 35 out of 195
> Life expectancy: 12-15 years
> Temperament: Affectionate, Smart, Energetic

The border collie is widely considered to be the most intelligent dog breed. In fact, it was bred for its intelligence and obedience and has tremendous herding abilities. It is trainable and has protective instincts. However, it also needs more physical exercise and mental stimulation than many other breeds.

Source: DevidDO / iStock

18. Cane Corso
> Overall AKC rank in 2018: 32 out of 195
> Life expectancy: 9-12 years
> Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Majestic

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 (100 pounds for males) — cane corso are also intelligent, loyal, and docile in the company of their owners.

Source: Tomas Maracek / Getty Images

17. Vizslas
> Overall AKC rank in 2018: 31 out of 195
> Life expectancy: 9-12 years
> Temperament: Affectionate, Intelligent, Majestic

Also referred to as the Hungarian Pointer, the Vizsla may date back over 1,000 years. There are depictions of the Vizsla being used as hunting dogs from the early 10th century, when Magyar tribes invaded Central Europe.

Source: adogslifephoto / Getty Images

16. Mastiffs
> Overall AKC rank in 2018: 29 out of 195
> Life expectancy: 6-10 years
> Temperament: Courageous, Dignified, Good-Natured

Mastiffs weigh up to 160 pounds and are a massive breed developed to guard livestock from predators such as wolves. There are also accounts of them being used for entertainment as fighting dogs in ancient Roman arenas, where they were pitted against lions and tigers. Despite their fierce history, mastiffs are good-natured dogs and surprisingly docile.