Big dogs are very different from one another. From the very beginning, big dogs where bred for different purposes like hunting, sporting, or working.
Before adopting a big dog or giant dog, think of all the characteristics you do and/or don’t want in a dog. If you know you have the time and dedication please do adopt a big dog. To find big or giant adoptable dogs visit your local shelter. Keep in mind when searching to adopt a big dog, you may not always find the exact pure breed you’re looking for. Keep your options open, and think about adopting one of the many big size mutts you may find. Large size mutts have the same or better life expectancy than a pure breed.
Because of their big size, big dogs are not well suited to small, compact homes. When adopting a big dog always be realistic about their size; especially if your adopting a young dog, or a puppy. Remember, they will grow to be large animals. Big dogs and giant dogs need to be taught boundaries at an early age or the moment they are welcomed into your home. Boundaries such as not jumping on people, not sitting on top of furniture and more importantly let them know that your home is not their territory.
Not all big dogs are high energy dogs. Surprisingly many of them turn out to be couch potatoes. Still big dogs need exercise. I recommend using a stretchable doggy back pack to add weight when exercising the dog. Doggy back packs are usually strapped around the torso area and they do not harm the animal whatsoever. To add more fun, fill the doggy back pack with something useful that can add weight, such as water, portable bowl, treats, and toys.
Large Dog Adoption
Large dogs come in a variety of sizes and personalities. They can make great companions, but before rushing into adopting there is careful deliberation and planning need to be done first. A few things to consider are do you have time and dedication that can be put towards a large dog? Not all big dogs are high energy dogs, but even the couch potatoes of need plenty of energy. Do you have room for a large dog and what is a realistic size? A large dog adoptionis not recommended to for those that live in a small or compact home. Also keep in mind that if you adopt a puppy, that puppy can grow into a giant dog.Researching different large dog breeds online and visiting your local animal shelter can help you find the right dog to fit your lifestyle.
The Basics of Caring For Big Size Dogs
Caring for each unique breed of dog has its own set of challenges. However, caring for big size dogs requires a couple very special considerations which are not quite as big of an issue with the smaller breed dogs.
The first care consideration for big size dogs is their need to have a lot of space to run and play in. Large breed dogs need ample yard space to get the exercise they need each day. In addition, the big size dogs need to be walked each and every day to help them have adequate exercise to stave off potential problems with obesity and joint issues.
Large breed dogs are much more prone to hip and joint problems as they age than small breed dogs. As you can imagine, this is due to their larger size and weight. To help avoid these problems, it is important to visit your vet regularly for check-ups and have your dog’s hips and joints carefully checked.
Big size dogs can do some serious harm to people if they are not trained well. While a small dog can easily bite someone, just as a large dog can, a big size dog can do much more devastating damage. For this reason, all large dogs need to be well trained, starting when they are puppies.
While caring for large and small dogs have a lot of similarities, such as feeding quality food, offering clean drinking water, and walking regularly, it is especially important to train a large dog well, walk them as much as possible, and have their hips and joints checked regularly by your veterinarian.