Growing up we had two GIANT Dobermans who thought they were my nannies, and would protect the heck out of me as a toddler! They were so patient with me, but a stranger sets foot on the property and you can hear them go nuts!
I always had a love for big dogs because of this, and although I did end up getting a smaller dog at one point and medium dog, my TRUE love is for larger dogs like German Shepherds, which I lucked out and got a lovely mix of G.S., but growing up I always just wanted big dogs. Most of them were beautiful and I love the fact that you can use them as a giant pillow during snuggle time! Plus, little dogs tend to be more difficult for me to train, since most of the breeds for tiny dogs are more stubborn (not to mention hyper!)