The most popular American big dog breed

Leonbergers may look intimidating but they're actually sweet and gentle, and do well with children of all ages. 

Anatolian shepherd dogs were designed to be livestock guardians, which makes them protective and territorial. 

The oldest Arctic sled dog breed, Alaskan Malamutes are thought to be direct descendants of Paleolithic wolf-dogs.  

Plenty of outdoor space is a requirement for German wirehaired pointers, who are active and high energy. 

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the monks developed a strong, powerful breed of dog, later dubbed Saint Bernards, who could locate and help luckless travelers who were stranded or injured while trying to cross the pass. 

Akitas have long occupied a special place in Japanese culture, where they're venerated as family protectors and symbols of good health, happiness, and long life.  

Rhodesian ridgebacks were originally bred to track and bay lions. Today, these faithful friends would rather run around and play with their families. 

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