Special Report

30 Most Popular Big Dog Breeds in America

Sarah Burns, John Harrington

15. English Springer Spaniels
> Overall AKC rank in 2018: 27 out of 195
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years
> Temperament: Friendly, Playful, Obedient

This breed is named for its hunting style — it “springs” birds, flushing them into the air, and then points and retrieves them. As well as being a great hunter it is a friendly and playful pet and considered a hunting buddy of hunters. English Springer Spaniels are highly trainable and bred to work with humans.

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14. Brittanys
> Overall AKC rank in 2018: 26 out of 195
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years
> Temperament: Bright, Fun-Loving, Upbeat

Brittanys gets their name from their native French province. According to the AKC, the Brittany didn’t officially become recognized as a breed until 1907, when an orange and white colored pup named Boy in France was registered as the first Brittany Spaniel. Prior to this point, the breed was registered as one of many miscellaneous French Spaniels.

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13. Bernese Mountain Dogs
> Overall AKC rank in 2018: 22 out of 195
> Life expectancy: 7-10 years
> Temperament: Good-Natured, Calm, Strong

This breed originated in the Swiss Alps, where it was used as a working dog. It has a muscular build and can haul loads as heavy as 1,000 pounds. The Bernese is good for families — it is gentle with children but may become attached to one person in particular.

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12. Boston Terriers
> Overall AKC rank in 2018: 21 out of 195
> Life expectancy: 11-13 years
> Temperament: Friendly, Bright, Amusing

Just as Boston is a historic city with a young population, this dog is a relatively old breed with a young heart. Nicknamed “The American Gentleman,” it’s compact and classy. It excels at canine sports and is eager to please and so is popular as a therapy dog.

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11. Doberman Pinschers
> Overall AKC rank in 2018: 17 out of 195
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years
> Temperament: Loyal, Fearless, Alert

The Doberman pinscher was first bred in Germany in the mid-1800s by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector and night watchman. He wanted a dog to protect him in his sometimes dangerous line of work. As well as being one of the smartest breeds, the Doberman ranks high in obedience and trainability. This makes the animal popular with police and military forces around the world.