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The United States is home to hundreds of dog breeds of all sizes, shapes and temperaments. From the tiny Chihuahua to the large Mastiff, American dog breeds are as diverse as the country itself. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes only breeds that were developed in the United States, however many of these have their roots in Europe or other countries. Popular American dog breeds include the Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Bulldog, Beagle, Rottweiler, and Dachshund. These dogs are all known for their intelligence, loyalty, and adaptability.