big dogs

THINGS PEOPLE FORGET WHEN THEY BUY A BIG DOG PUPPY

Some people buy puppies on a whim, without considering the breed and size and forget to think about the dog their little puppy will grow into. There are, of course, many advantages of choosing a larger dog breed and when they grow up you have even more canine to love.

Bigger breeds often have more even temperaments and can be more protective over their loved ones. They are also often less energetic that smaller dogs and surprisingly make good apartment dogs, opting to relax on the sofa instead of bouncing excitedly against the window.

But there are a few more things to consider that many people forget before buying a Great Dane or a Bernese Mountain Dog.

THEY ARE GOING TO COST YOU MORE

It is logical, they are bigger, they eat more. You will see more of your hard-earned cash swallowed up by your dog as it swells and grows. Everything costs more for bigger dogs. Vets fees can be higher, chew toys cost more, beds need to be larger and are more expensive, flying with them requires a bigger crate and if they decide to chew your furniture, they destroy it in a flash. However, these added costs might be slightly mitigated by a smaller initial outlay. Larger breeds tend to have larger litters so many larger breeds are more abundant and therefore the puppies are often cheaper than rarer, smaller breeds.

IT WILL TAKE OVER YOUR SCHEDULE

Bigger dogs need longer walks. They need to run and stretch their legs and this often involves more involvement on your part that in smaller breeds. From sacrificing your Saturday lie-in to take the dog on a long, hour and a half long walk, to having to play fetch with them to give them the chance to run around in the fresh air and enjoy themselves. Larger breeds are not for the individual who wants a dog as a fashion accessory they can stroll around the city with, they are for someone who enjoys getting out and being active with their dog to give them an active and wholesome life.

THEY ARE HARDER TO HANDLE AS A PUPPY

Every bigger breed owner has that moment one day when they are out walking and they feel a forceful tug on the lead that indicates their little puppy is suddenly not so little. This is why it is even more important to establish training procedures early in bigger breeds. They are harder to handle when they grow and if they are not well trained, bathing, grooming and even just walking can be a battle with a 20kg independent ball of force.

THEY ARE A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT

While larger dogs do have a shorter lifespan than their smaller counterparts, at 10-15 years they are still a serious commitment. The puppy looking up at you now will look almost nothing like the dog at 15 that will have been with you for a significant portion of your adult life.

MORE DOG MEANS MORE LOVE

Despite these considerations, ask anyone who has bought a larger breed if they regret it and the answer will be a resounding no. There are more things to consider and represent more of a commitment in your daily life, but the rewards are more than enough to justify it. Larger breeds are adorable and offer more fur and personality to love and I wouldn’t change them for the world.

 


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Philip Wallis
philipwwwww@dinga.com.au

Philip grew up with a family of pet lovers. He particularly loves dogs and is sharing his experience with OnDECK by DINGA.