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Looking to adopt a new furry friend into the family? Of course, bigger is not always better, but when it comes to finding your perfect canine companion, a tiny Chihuahua won’t exactly cut him as a jogging partner. Typically tipping the scale to 50-80 pounds (although some varieties may bias slightly larger or smaller), these large dog breeds are ideal for whether you want an active exercise buddy or an easy-to-train pet – in addition, they can make great hugs partners and adorable family dogs too!

Before adopting a large dog, plan the time and budget that you can realistically provide for your pet. Owning a dog can cost around $ 15,000 or more in its lifetime, according to the American Kennel Club. This money can be spent on veterinary visits, grooming and food, to name a few preliminary expenses. All large breeds will require more kibble, but a poodle, for example, will need more frequent haircuts than a boxer. A very active breed will also require a lot more exercise compared to the couch potatoes of the canine world, but all puppies deserve basic obedience training, regular walks and, of course, your love and attention.

And if you’re looking for a larger pet, check out these small and medium-sized dog breeds. Curious about the largest and most giant dog breeds? These puppies weigh between 75 and 150 pounds (or more!).

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