James Livingood has been a dog sitter for several years. He has written numerous articles and a book about the topic because he loves dogs.
Big dogs are wonderful companions, and they make a wonderful addition to nearly any home. That's because many breeds of larger canines are known for their calm nature, being family-friendly, and yet being able to keep the home safe. It's also true that everything they do becomes cuter because they are so large! Sometimes the only difficult part in selecting a huge hound is determining the name. That is where the list below comes into play. I've rounded up over 300 big dog names and meanings.
In addition, I have some information and a video about the largest breeds of dogs. Hopefully this information will be useful in selecting your newest family member!
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From the Hebrew name ('Avigayil) meaning "my father is joy
a former French colony in SE Canada: ceded to Great Britain 1713.
a playing card or die marked with or having the value indicated by a single spot
United States Navy admiral
Greek god of beauty and desire
of or for aircraft.
Rock consisting of cryptocrystalline silica alternating with microgranular quartz
State of the United States
Roman cognomen meaning "white, bright" in Latin.
Short form of Alexandra.
Possibly from Latin altus or Italian/Spanish alto meaning "high".
a river in N South America, flowing E from the Peruvian Andes through N Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean: the largest river in the world in volume of water carried. 3,900 miles (6,280 km) long.
Andre the Giant
French professional wrestler and actor (1946 - 1993)
1998 Japanese film
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning messenger.
Diminutive of Anna.
queen of England 1702-14 (daughter of James II of England).
the ancient Greek and Roman god of light, healing, music, poetry, prophecy, and manly beauty; the son of Leto and brother of Artemis.
Ancient Greek goddess of wisdom
5th-century ruler of the Hunnic Empire
Collection of maps
a female given name: from Old English words meaning noble and strength.
a city in E Georgia, on the Savannah River.
Natural light display that occurs in the sky, primarily at high latitudes (near the Arctic and Antarctic)
a large mass of snow, ice, etc., detached from a mountain slope and sliding or falling suddenly downward.
a jump performed by a skater leaping from the front outer edge of one skate into the air to make 1½ rotations of the body and landing on the back outer edge of the other skate.
Ethnic group of central Mexico and its civilization
a baby or child.
a robber, especially a member of a gang or marauding band.
a person or thing that ruins or spoils: Gambling was the bane of his existence.
Capital of Thailand
(in Irish folklore) a spirit in the form of a wailing woman who appears to or is heard by members of a family as a sign that one of them is about to die.
the wife of a baron.
English typographer and manufacturer of lacquered ware.
Diminutive of Anna.
a small animal, especially one toward which affection is felt.
Characteristic of an animal, idea, object, person or place that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction.
American musician and singer
18th - 19th-century German composer
a woman or girl admired for her beauty and charm.
an English alliterative epic poem, probably written in the early 8th century a.d.
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element beraht meaning "bright, famous". It was borne by the mother of Charlemagne in the 8th century, and it was popularized in England by the Normans. It died out as an English name after the Middle Ages, but was revived in the 19th century. The name also appears in southern Germanic legends (often spelled Perchta or Berchta) belonging to a goddess of animals and weaving.
large, as in size, height, width, or amount: a big house; a big quantity.
a large, long-range German cannon used during World War I.
Hamburger sold by McDonald's
American rapper from New York
a bright flame or fire: the welcome blaze of the hearth.
a small, nonrigid airship or dirigible, especially one used chiefly for observation.
Type of snowstorm
Fictional character from Popeye franchise
Rigid organs that constitute part of the endoskeleton of vertebrates
Irish musician and lead vocalist of U2
(used to express contempt or disapprobation or to startle or frighten).
Generation born during the post - World War II baby boom, with birth dates generally from 1946 to 1964
a servant, as at a hotel, who blacks or polishes shoes and boots.
Germanic name derived from the element brand meaning "sword".
Seaside resort on the south coast of England
Borough in New York City and county in New York state, United States
Chinese American actor, martial artist (1940 - 1973)
a strong, tough person: The football player was over six feet tall and weighed 285 poundsva real bruiser.
a nonhuman creature; beast.
Roman provincial administrator: one of the assassins of Julius Caesar.
brother (usually used as an affectionate term of address).
the male of the deer, antelope, rabbit, hare, sheep, or goat.
a large size of lead shot used in shotgun shells for hunting game, as pheasants or ducks.
comrade or chum (often used as a term of address).
any of several large wild oxen of the family Bovidae.
a hemipterous insect.
the male of a bovine animal, especially of the genus Bos, with sexual organs intact and capable of reproduction.
a large, powerful tractor having a vertical blade at the front end for moving earth, tree stumps, rocks, etc.
a small metal projectile, part of a cartridge, for firing from small arms.
U.S. horticulturist and plant breeder.
large in bodily size; stout; sturdy.
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Roman general, statesman, and historian.
Capital of Egypt
any of a variety of confections made with sugar, syrup, etc., often combined with chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc.
Diminutive of Cassandra and other names beginning with Cass.
a northern constellation between Cepheus and Perseus.
Roman family name that was possibly derived from Latin cassus meaning "empty, vain". This name was borne by several early saints. In modern times, it was the original first name of boxer Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), who was named after his father Cassius Clay, who was himself named after the American abolitionist Cassius Clay (1810-1903).
Character in A Song of Ice and Fire
the Whale, a constellation lying above the equator, containing the variable star Mira.
a shed or other aboveground building where a winemaker stores wine in casks.
the fruit of any of various trees belonging to the genus Prunus, of the rose family, consisting of a pulpy, globular drupe enclosing a one-seeded smooth stone.
a member of a North American Indian people of the western plains, formerly in central Minnesota and North and South Dakota, and now divided between Montana and Oklahoma.
the head or leader of an organized body of people; the person highest in authority: the chief of police.
a person or thing that chops.
legendary cities of great wealth believed by earlier Spanish explorers to exist in the SW United States.
a partially or mostly burned piece of coal, wood, etc.
a high steep face of a rock.
U.S. lawyer and government official.
the legendary bronze statue of Helios at Rhodes.
Naval and air force officer rank
the hard, variously colored, calcareous skeleton secreted by certain marine polyps.
to make a loud, clattering noise, as of something dashed to pieces.
Pieces of a food
the young of certain animals, as the bear, lion, or tiger.
a small, open container made of china, glass, metal, etc., usually having a handle and used chiefly as a receptable from which to drink tea, soup, etc.
an emperor or king.
From the name of the Native American people of the northern Mississippi valley, or from the two American states that were named for them: North and South Dakota (until 1889 unified as the Dakota Territory). The tribal name means "allies, friends" in the Dakota language.
the state or quality of being dark: The room was in total darkness.
to strike or smash violently, especially so as to break to pieces: He dashed the plate into smithereens against the wall.
a mountain in southern central Alaska: highest peak in North America, 20,310 feet (6,190 meters).
noting a machine or vehicle powered by a diesel engine: diesel locomotive.
small, unimportant, unimpressive, or shabby: We stayed in a dinky old hotel.
Celebrated female singer
to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.
a small, roundish mark made with or as if with a pen.
From the Greek name (Drakon), which meant "dragon, serpent". This was the name of a 7th-century BC Athenian legislator. This is also the name of a constellation in the northern sky.
Unintentional loss of saliva from the mouth
the wife or widow of a duke.
Noble or royal title in some European countries and their colonies
a state in N Mexico. 47,691 sq. mi. (123,520 sq. km).
Reflection of sound delayed after direct sound as heard by listener
American Chinese appetizer
a warm ocean current of variable intensity that develops after late December along the coast of Ecuador and Peru and sometimes causes catastrophic weather conditions.
the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra who incited her brother Orestes to kill Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus.
an electronic navigational system establishing approximate position through coincidence in amplitude of two radio signals.
a female given name, form of Elizabeth.
a noun suffix occurring in loanwords from French, where it originally formed diminutives, now often with a derivative sense in which the diminutive force is lost (bagatelle; prunelle; rondelle); also in Anglicized forms of Latin words ending in -ella (organelle).
I have found (it): the reputed exclamation of Archimedes when, after long study, he discovered a method of detecting the amount of alloy mixed with the gold in the crown of the king of Syracuse.
First woman in Genesis creation narrative
Earth's highest mountain, part of the Himalaya between Nepal and Tibet
one of the long, sharp, hollow or grooved teeth of a venomous snake by which poison is injected.
any seedless, nonflowering vascular plant of the class Filicinae, of tropical to temperate regions, characterized by true roots produced from a rhizome, triangular fronds that uncoil upward and have a branching vein system, and reproduction by spores contained in sporangia that appear as brown dots on the underside of the fronds.
a leader of the Fenian warriors and the father of Ossian: the subject of many legends.
a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs: usually formed by glacial erosion.
From the surname Frankenstein, used by Mary Shelley in her 1818 novel of the same name for the scientist Victor Frankenstein. The monster that Frankenstein created, which has no name in the novel, is sometimes called Frankenstein in modern speech, as if it were his given name.
the goddess of love and fertility, sister of Frey, daughter of Njord; one of the Vanir.
Germanic name, originally a short form of other feminine names containing the Germanic element frid meaning "peace". This is also the Scandinavian equivalent, from the Old Norse cognate Fra. A famous bearer was Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954).
Fictional hobbit protagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
Big Dog Names G-L
the ancient Greek goddess who personified the earth and whose numerous offspring include Uranus, by whom she bore the Titans and the Cyclopes.
American TV Show
Elf lady in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium
Gravitationally bound astronomical structure
Fictional character created by J. R. R. Tolkien
the Twins, a zodiacal constellation between Taurus and Cancer containing the bright stars Castor and Pollux.
of or relating to all persons or things belonging to a group or category: a general meeting of the employees.
Founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire
the soul of a dead person, a disembodied spirit imagined, usually as a vague, shadowy or evanescent form, as wandering among or haunting living persons.
(in folklore) a being with human form but superhuman size, strength, etc.
a science-fiction monster that resembles an enormous bipedal lizard, featured in Japanese and American films, television, and comic books.
the giant warrior of the Philistines whom David killed with a stone from a sling. 1 Samuel 17:48-51.
splendid or sumptuous in appearance, coloring, etc.; magnificent: a gorgeous gown; a gorgeous sunset.
Diminutive of Grace.
Comic book and movie character
to afflict with worry, dread, need, or the like; torment.
a wise or learned man.
Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps and invaded Italy (son of Hamilcar Barca).
a section of New York City, in the NE part of Manhattan.
From a surname that was derived from a place name, itself from Old English hara "hare" and leah "woodland, clearing".
the ancient Greek queen of heaven, a daughter of Cronus and Rhea and the wife and sister of Zeus.
a celebrated hero, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, possessing exceptional strength: among his many adventures were the twelve labors for his cousin Eurystheus, performed in order to gain immortality.
a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character: He became a local hero when he saved the drowning child.
a female given name: from Germanic words meaning battle and protector.
a person, especially of northern India, who adheres to Hinduism.
Optimistic attitude of mind
Latinized form of Hugh. As a surname it has belonged to the French author Victor Hugo (1802-1885), the writer of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Misrables.
Comic book superhero
German naturalist, writer, and statesman.
a person who hunts game or other wild animals for food or in sport.
a woman who hunts.
Means "beauty" in Sanskrit. This is another name of Lakshmi, the wife of the Hindu god Vishnu. A notable bearer was India's first female prime minister, Indira Gandhi (1917-1984).
a river in S Asia, flowing from W Tibet through Kashmir and Pakistan to the Arabian Sea. 1,900 miles (3,060 km) long.
From the Old Norse name Ingrr meaning "Ing is beautiful", derived from the name of the Germanic god Ing combined with frr "beautiful". A famous bearer was the Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982).
pertaining to or suggestive of jazz music.
an ancient city of Palestine, N of the Dead Sea, formerly in W Jordan; occupied by Israel 1967-94; since 1994 under Palestinian self-rule.
a person, thing, or influence supposed to bring bad luck.
wife of Edward, the Black Prince, and mother of Richard II.
the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son's success.
a very large person, animal, or thing.
the ancient Roman queen of heaven, a daughter of Saturn and the wife and sister of Jupiter: the protector of women and marriage.
the supreme deity of the ancient Romans: the god of the heavens and of weather.
Concept of moral fairness and administration of the law
From the English word katniss, the name of a variety of edible aquatic flowering plants (genus Sagittaria). Katniss Everdeen is the protagonist of The Hunger Games series of novels by Suzanne Collins, released 2008 to 2010, about a young woman forced to participate in a violent televised battle.
the rude, boastful foster brother and seneschal of Arthur.
a male sovereign or monarch; a man who holds by life tenure, and usually by hereditary right, the chief authority over a country and people.
an island in the N Pacific, near the base of the Alaska Peninsula. 100 miles (160 km) long.
a mountain range in China, bordering on the N edge of the Tibetan plateau and extending W across central China: highest peak, 25,000 feet (7,620 meters).
Family of beetles
Latinized form of (Lazaros), a Greek form of Eleazar used in the New Testament. Lazarus was a man from Bethany, the brother of Mary and Martha, who was restored to life by Jesus.
Fictional character in the Star Wars franchise
a river in the Russian Federation in Asia, flowing NE from Lake Baikal through the Yakutsk Republic into the Laptev Sea. 2,800 miles (4,500 km) long.
the Lion, a zodiacal constellation between Virgo and Cancer, containing the bright star Regulus.
a sea monster.
Ability of individuals to have agency
a crayonlike oil-based cosmetic used in coloring the lips, usually in a tubular container.
1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov
the Lyre, a northern constellation between Cygnus and Hercules, containing the bright star Vega.
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fellow; bud (a familiar term of address to a man or boy whose name is not known to the speaker).
having or characterized by qualities considered manly, especially when manifested in an assertive, self-conscious, or dominating way.
the Great Year: a cycle of years, usually a thousand, that begins with a Golden Age, steadily deteriorates, and ends with a universal catastrophe, either a fire or a flood.
a commissioned military officer ranking next below a lieutenant colonel and next above a captain.
any large, elephantlike mammal of the extinct genus Mammuthus, from the Pleistocene Epoch, having hairy skin and ridged molar teeth.
a male given name, form of Emanuel.
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning pearl.
a female given name, form of Mary.
a jellylike preserve in which small pieces of fruit and fruit rind, as of oranges or lemons, are suspended.
Fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System
an unbranded calf, cow, or steer, especially an unbranded calf that is separated from its mother.
Roman family name that was derived from Latin maximus "greatest". Saint Maximus was a monk and theologian from Constantinople in the 7th century.
a small ball of ground meat, especially beef, often mixed with breadcrumbs, seasonings, etc., before cooking.
a dish of ground meat, often mixed with other ingredients, as breadcrumbs and seasonings, molded in the shape of a loaf and baked.
a saucer-shaped or dome-shaped, free-swimming jellyfish or hydra.
a river whose source is in SW China, flowing SE along most of the boundary between Thailand and Laos to the South China Sea. 2,600 miles (4,200 km) long.
a port in SW Tennessee, on the Mississippi.
Transition time from one day to the next
Whale from book
State of the United States
a large, long-headed mammal, Alces alces, of the deer family, having circumpolar distribution in the Northern Hemisphere, the male of which has enormous palmate antlers.
anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown: the mysteries of nature.
a framework of doctrines, ideas, beliefs, or the like, constructed around a person or object, endowing the person or object with enhanced value or profound meaning: the mystique of Poe.
First Emperor of the French
a member of a feudal Japanese society of mercenary agents highly trained in martial arts and stealth (ninjutsu ), who were hired for covert purposes ranging from espionage to sabotage and assassination.
an ancient Greek goddess personifying night.
any of 18 isomeric saturated hydrocarbons having the formula C8H18, some of which are obtained in the distillation and cracking of petroleum.
an epic poem attributed to Homer, describing Odysseus's adventures in his ten-year attempt to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.
the 24th and last letter of the Greek alphabet (Ω, ω).
Banded variety of the mineral chalcedony
a mineral, an amorphous form of silica, SiO2 with some water of hydration, found in many varieties and colors, including a form that is milky white.
a giant hunter who pursued the Pleiades, was eventually slain by Artemis, and was then placed in the sky as a constellation.
Orbiting Solar Observatory: one of a series of scientific satellites, launched between 1962 and 1975, that studied the sun at ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma-ray wavelengths.
a legendary giant lumberjack, an American folk hero.
Hard object produced within a living shelled mollusc
a small, rounded stone, especially one worn smooth by the action of water.
a color varying from light crimson to pale reddish purple.
Unit of volume in the imperial and US systems
Dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt of the Solar System
the polestar or North Star, a star of the second magnitude situated close to the north pole of the heavens, in the constellation Ursa Minor: the outermost star in the handle of the Little Dipper.
Diminutive of Queen.
Object detection system using radio waves
the destruction of the gods and of all things in a final battle with the evil powers.
a person or thing that raids.
a male sheep.
(in the Ramayana) any of the three avatars of Vishnu: Balarama, Parashurama, or Ramachandra.
a fanatically militant or violently aggressive person.
any of several large, corvine birds having lustrous, black plumage and a loud, harsh call, especially Corvus corax, of the New and Old Worlds.
a person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against the government or ruler of his or her country.
U.S. arms manufacturer.
a seaport in SE Brazil: former capital.
any of various simple or complex tubelike devices containing combustibles that on being ignited liberate gases whose action propels the tube through the air: used for pyrotechnic effect, signaling, carrying a lifeline, hurling explosives at an enemy, putting a space vehicle into orbit, etc.
1976 American sports drama directed by John G. Avildsen
a metrical narrative, especially in medieval French literature.
U.S. lyricist and composer.
a shortened form of kangaroo.
Italian painter and poet.
any of various red cosmetics for coloring the cheeks or lips.
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a heavy, one-edged sword, usually slightly curved, used especially by cavalry.
an Old World weasellike mammal, Mustela zibellina, of cold regions in Eurasia and the North Pacific pslands, valued for its dark brown fur.
a tall, horizontally branched cactus, Carnegiea (or Cereus) gigantea, of Arizona and neighboring regions, yielding a useful wood and bearing an edible fruit: still locally common, though some populations have been reduced.
sergeant. Military rank
Area of fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin after an injury
Famous SeaWorld killer whale
the queen who visited Solomon to test his wisdom. 1 Kings 10:1-13.
Lead character of a 1985 and 2018 animated series
2001 animated film by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson
any of several small, long-tailed, chiefly marine crustaceans of the decapod suborder Natania, certain species of which are used as food.
Thracian slave, gladiator, and insurrectionist.
a naillike fastener, 3 to 12 inches (7.6 to 30.5 centimeters) long and proportionately thicker than a common nail, for fastening together heavy timbers or railroad track.
to sit in a low or crouching position with the legs drawn up closely beneath or in front of the body; sit on one's haunches or heels.
an adult male deer.
a disturbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere, manifesting itself by winds of unusual force or direction, often accompanied by rain, snow, hail, thunder, and lightning, or flying sand or dust
a large, usually conical loaf or mass of hard refined sugar: the common form of household sugar until the mid-19th century.
a form of wrestling in Japan in which a contestant wins by forcing his opponent out of the ring or by causing him to touch the ground with any part of his body other than the soles of his feet, contestants usually being men of great height and weight.
Tracked heavy armored fighting vehicle
a ship, airplane, or truck designed for bulk shipment of liquids or gases.
a T-bone steak, a choice piece of beef with a conspicuous T-shaped bone.
a person or thing that terminates.
From the Spanish and Portuguese name Teresa. It was first recorded as Therasia, being borne by the Spanish wife of Saint Paulinus of Nola in the 4th century. The meaning is uncertain, but it could be derived from Greek θέρος (theros) meaning "summer", from Greek θερίζω (therizo) meaning "to harvest", or from the name of the Greek island of Therasia (the western island of Santorini).The name was mainly confined to Spain and Portugal during the Middle Ages. After the 16th century it was spread to other parts of the Christian world, due to the fame of the Spanish nun and reformer Saint Teresa of Ávila. Another famous bearer was the Austrian Habsburg queen Maria Theresa (1717-1780), who inherited the domains of her father, the Holy Roman emperor Charles VI, beginning the War of the Austrian Succession.
the god of thunder, rain, and farming, represented as riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer Mjolnir: the defender of the Aesir, destined to kill and be killed by the Midgard Serpent.
a loud, explosive, resounding noise produced by the explosive expansion of air heated by a lightning discharge.
a river in central Italy, flowing through Rome into the Mediterranean. 244 miles (395 km) long.
a large, carnivorous, tawny-colored and black-striped feline, Panthera tigris, of Asia, ranging in several subspecies from India and the Malay Peninsula to Siberia: the entire species is endangered, with some subspecies thought to be extinct.
very small; minute; wee.
Christian doctrine that God is one God, but three coeternal consubstantial persons
a horse-cavalry soldier.
any of the Scandinavian pirates who plundered the coasts of Europe from the 8th to 10th centuries.
Diminutive of Vincent and other names containing vin.
Small to medium-sized omnivorous mammal belonging to the family Canidae
the ancient Roman god of fire and metalworking, identified with the Greek Hephaestus.
any of the larger marine mammals of the order Cetacea, especially as distinguished from the smaller dolphins and porpoises, having a fishlike body, forelimbs modified into flippers, and a head that is horizontally flattened.
something uncommonly large of its kind.
a male given name, form of William.
a male given name.
any of several large carnivorous mammals of the genus Canis, of the dog family Canidae, especially C. lupus, usually hunting in packs, formerly common throughout the Northern Hemisphere but now chiefly restricted to the more unpopulated parts of its range.
U.S. chewing-gum manufacturer and baseball team owner.
Probably a variant of Xenia. This was the name of the main character in the 1990s television series Xena: Warrior Princess.
Fictional character in the Star Wars universe
Practitioner of Yoga
Territory of Canada
a freshwater pikeperch, Stizostedion (Lucioperca) lucioperca, of central Europe, valued as a food fish.
a large dirigible balloon consisting of a long, cylindrical, covered framework containing compartments or cells filled with gas, and of various structures for holding the engines, passengers, etc.
the supreme deity of the ancient Greeks, a son of Cronus and Rhea, brother of Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, and Poseidon, and father of a number of gods, demigods, and mortals; the god of the heavens, identified by the Romans with Jupiter.
Four of the World's Largest Dog Breeds
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and there are advantages and disadvantages to each one. I stated above a few reasons to love large dog breeds. Here is a little more information on four of the largest types of dogs.
1. Great Dane
This breed of dog is a cross between an Irish Wolfhound and English Mastiff, which are both known for being huge. They were originally bred into existence to help with hunting expeditions that were after wild boars. Great Danes also made wonderful guard dogs because of their size.
2. Caucasian Shepherd
This dog breed came into existence to help protect flocks. They are known to be stubborn and territorial. However, as with all dog breeds, training is more important than any initial nature. As such, they can become wonderful additions to your family.
3. Saint Bernard
This dog doesn't get its sainthood name from a calm demeanor. Instead, it was initial created in a monastery. Not only did they protect the sacred land that the monastery was on, but they soon became known for their rescue efforts. People love this breed not just for the hound's calm personality but also for its wonderfully expressive eyes.
4. Irish Wolfhound
As the name implies, this large breed was originally bred to hunt wolves. In wars, they were used to drag men off of any steed they may be riding. This breed is known for being strong and very energetic. However, many have expressed that this type of dog has a large heart.
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