Some people prefer big dogs and some prefer smaller breeds. Both categories have pros and cons and today we will look at the advantages of owning a small dog breed.
Lets start with the money. Dog food and treats is one of the biggest expense of owning a dog. And with small dog you will save a lot of money on these two items. You will also save money on dog accessories, you will need smaller bed, crate and toys. And smaller means cheaper.
Its hard to transport large dogs. Especially if you are using public transport. But you can fit small dog under your seat or to your dog carrier purse. Even in the plane, a lot of time, small dogs can be taken with you without paying extra.
In nature larger animals live longer than small ones. Whales or elephants live much longer than mice. But this is not the case with dogs. Larger dogs have shorter lifespans than small dogs. If you want companion for 15 years, you should choose a tiny breed.
I guess that all of you, who are reading this article, are dog lovers. But we must respect, that there are people that are for some reason afraid of dogs, or they just dont like them. But most of the time, these people are scared only of big dogs and they do not have problems with small dogs. So if you have someone in family who you are visiting very often and who is scared of dogs, it will be better for them if you get small breed. They might be okay with that.
If you do not need guard or protector, you dont need your dog to be powerful. For a lot of people it is actually a benefit, if their dog is weaker. Its very easy to pull your dog away from garbage or some other nasty and dangerous stuff. They are overall much more managable thanks to the fact, that they are not that strong.
Generally, larger animals like elephants live longer than small animals like mice. But that is not the case with dogs. Larger dog breeds have much shorter lifespan than small dogs. Average life span of all dogs is between 12-13 years. But all the ten dogs in this list have lifespan shorter than 10 years. We actually do not know, why large dogs have such a short lives. There is a possible explonation, that they have a significantly shorter lifespan simply due to the fact that their bodies have to work extra hard to maintain that giant posture. For example, their heart must make bigger pumps to fill the whole body with blood. Large dogs often times have problems with heart and joints. You must be prepared for it when getting giant dog breed.
The most popular dog from this list is Rottweiler. And they are one of the most popular dogs of all breeds despite their short life span which is around 9 – 10 years. Rottweilers are not only used as companion dogs, but also as by police, customs and armies all around the world, but mostly in Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark.
Giant Bullmastiff is pretty low active dog breed that adapts greatly to most home environments. But due to its large size, they most often live in houses with yards. Their average lifespan is 9 years. Bullmastiffs are very strong and powerful dogs that make great guards.
Everyone knows the Great Danes. Next to the Irish Wolfhound, this is one of the two largest breeds in the world. Great Dane named Zeus is actually Guiness World Record holder as a tallest dog in the world. These sweet and loyal companions have very short lives – between 8 – 9 years.
Mastiffs looks menacing and terrifying due to their enormous size, but they are very good natured and docile dogs. This is one of the heaviest dog in the world, sometimes they can weigh up to 220 pounds. Unfortunately, his very large size may contribute to his shorter lifespan.
Dogue de Bordeaux or French Mastiff is probably the dog with shortest life span – between 5 to 8 years. If you have 8 years old Dogue de Bordeaux you are very lucky, its pretty unusual that they live that long. But in the short time they have on this world, they are most of the time very loving, easy to maintain and loyal companions.
Dogs life is short, too short. Most of the dogs have average lifespan between 10 to 15 years. But there are some proven ways how to make your dogs life better, healthier and longer.
Healthy diet is the most important thing. Do not buy the cheapest dog food from Walmart. If possible, try to buy no grain dog food. Especially avoid corn and wheat, which are common causes of allergies. Also try to buy dog food that has high amount of meat in it. Or you can feed your dogs with BARF diet.
Obesity is a big risk factor in your dogs health. And some veterinarians are saying, that more than 40% of dogs are overweight. Easy way how to keep your dog on its healthy weight is not to give him our humans food. Never. And closely monitor the amount of dog food we are giving to him. There are always feeding information on labels.
Take care about your dogs teeth. Its very common that dogs, especially the older ones, suffer from gum disease. If your dog will have bad bacterias in its mouth, it can cause a lot more serious problems like infections. And its not hard to brush your dogs teeth, there are special dog toothbrushes for this purpose.
Its important that your dog is having medication or vaccination against fleas, ticks and heartworms. These tiny creatures are spreading some very serious, sometimes even lifethreatening diseases. Vaccinations are not evil, they are helping dogs just as they help us. And today, you dont need to use chemical medications, there are a lot of natural remedies you can use.
Regular veterinarian visits can actually save your dogs life. Its important to monitor dogs health and it is giving the veterinarian chance to spotting any serious health problems before they become too serious. Even if you are sure that your dog is healthy, you should go for a regular vet visit.
I think, that there is a dog breed for everyone, its all about choosing the right one. On of the most important aspect is size of the dog. First of all, i would love to say that it is hard to generalize all dog breeds into one large category, like large dogs. But all 10 advantages are valid for most of the large dog breeds. Of course, you will always find some exceptions.
From my experience, large dogs have more confidence. They will not be scared of other animals like small dogs, which makes them less agressive towards other animals. It also makes the socialization easier. I am sure you noticed, that the most agressive dogs are the little chihuahuas, not the Great Danes.
Another big advantage is, that large dogs have bigger stamina and endurance. 7) Endurance If you want a partner for mountain hiking, running or cycling, you should get larger dog. They have bigger stamina. It is true for most large dogs, especially the hunting ones. But of course, there are exceptions and you can find very active small dog. Yes, i am talking about you, Jack Russell Terrier.
Large dogs are just more laid back and more patient. This makes them amazing companions for kids. They are more „cool-headed“ than their small cousins. Most of large breeds will tolerate kids around them without problems.
And not only they are laid back, they are also much more gentle. I am sure you heard about a term „Gentle Giant“. It is not true with all of them and i would say you will find the same number of gentle dogs in small dogs. But a lot of time, when people see giant dog, they see agressive dog. But most of the time it is not true. For example Great Danes or some Mastiffs are the most gentle dogs you can own.
It is impossible to domesticate a wolf. But there are some dog breeds, that resembles wolves a lot. Most of them belong to the group of dogs called Spitz. And there are even some wolfdogs - crossbreeds between a dog and a wolf that can be tamed.
Lets start with the most famous wolf like dog – Siberian Husky. This breed does not need much introduction, they are very popular all across the world. They are little bit smaller than other dogs on this list and they were bred in Siberia tu pull sleds. They are very energetic and definitely need a lot of exercise.
In the begining i talked about wolfdogs. One of them is Saarloos Wolfdog. Crossbreed between German Shepherd and European wolf, created in early of 20th century. These dogs are very large, their height is up to 75 cm and weigh up to 45 kg. They were bred in Netherlands but you can find them all over the world nowadays and today they are recognized as a separate breed.
Czechoslovakian Wolfdog is another wolfdog, developed in 1950s as a military experiment in former Czechoslovakia. They were developed by crossbreeding German Shepherd with Carpathian Wolf. Because of that, they have a lot of personality traits like real wolf. For example, he needs his pack and hate to be alone, he has late maturity, he loves digging holes and he is good at living in cold climate. They need experienced dog owner, they are suspicious towards strangers, they need a lot of mental and physical stimulation.
A lot of dogs that resembles wolves were bred by Inuit people. The most famous one is Alaskan Malamute. They were used for transporting people and other stuff across frozen and rough terrain. Malamutes are ideal family dogs, they are very people oriented, easy going, friendly breed that loves children. They do have a lot of energy, but in comparsion with for example husky, they are more laid back. But its true, that they tend to be pretty stubborn.