Our Largest Canine Companions 

However, there is a certain charm to those enormous breeds who not only look you in the eyes but also think of themselves as lovable lap dogs. 

According to the American Kennel Club, large dog breeds historically belonged to the working group of dogs.  

This meant that they were bred to assist people with dragging sleds and carts, protecting homes and animals, and looking after families. 

The AKC website states that the breeds that are part of the working 

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group are typically recognized for their impressive size, power, and intelligence. 

Anyone planning to welcome a large dog into their home should be well-prepared for the many challenges that come with doing so.  

In terms of mental and physical development, larger dog breeds sometimes lag behind their smaller counterparts.