Dogs are part of American life. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 48 million people in the United States live in a home that has at least one dog. Owning a dog contributes significantly to the economy. The annual cost of owning a dog is between $1,400 and $4,300 per year. This includes food, toys, and visits to the vet. The initial cost of owning a dog can also be high. Among 151 puppies considered in recent research, 80% of them had an average price between $500 and $2,500.
The American Kennel Club recognizes 282 breeds in the United States. The smallest of them, the Chihuahua, weighs between four and six pounds.
To determine the largest dog breeds in the United States, 24/7 Tempo looked at data from the American Kennel Club, the country’s purebred dog registry. We only considered breeds with male dogs weighing at least 70 pounds.
Extra large dogs have always been bred for hunting or for protection. They generally need daily exercise as well as socialization to develop these instincts.
Another factor to consider before adding a giant four-legged member to your family is life expectancy. The average lifespan of a dog is between 10 and 13 years, but it is several years less for larger dogs.
To determine the largest dog breed in the United States, information on popularity, size, temperament, and breed category comes from the American Kennel Club.
America’s largest dog breed is the Mastiff. Here are the details:
- Weight: 160 to 230 pounds (male), 120 to 170 pounds (female)
- Height: 30 inches and over (men), 27.5 inches and over (women)
- Popularity: 33 out of 197
- Life expectancy: 6 to 10 years
- Personality: Courageous, dignified, cheerful
- Group Category: Labor
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