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When you’re looking for a dog to add to your life, you have to think about a lot of things. You’ve got to think about temperament, breed-specific health problems, and whether the breed is suited to your environment. There’s a reason a lot of city dwellers own smaller dogs, and it’s primarily size. If you live in an apartment, for example, there probably aren’t many large dog breeds that would be comfortable in a small home with no garden. On the other hand, if you do have space, a big dog can be the best friend you’ll ever have.

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1. English Mastiff

Mastiffs come in all shapes and sizes. All of those sizes, however, are variations of extremely large. Although their size can be intimidating to those who aren't used to dogs, English Mastiffs are gentle giants. They're calm, good-natured, and extremely loyal. On top of that, they make great cuddle-buddies for the whole family. In fact, Mastiffs have been keeping humans company for hundreds of years. Measuring in at between 28-31 inches and weighing between 150-200 lbs, that's some company.

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