Things To Consider When Buying A Large Dog
Thinking of getting a large dog? Before you rush to buy a puppy that will grow into an enormous dog, you might want to think about whether a large dog is right for you. Some people get larger dogs to make a statement, and because they look impressive. These are not reasons to get a large dog. What a lot of people don’t realise is how much big dogs can cost to look after, and how much room they need. Here are some key things to consider before buying a big dog.
One of the main things you need to know is that some dogs eat a huge amount of food. You will need to have the funds to support their diet and buy them enough quality dog food to keep them healthy. Depending on what sort of quality you go for and the size of dog you have, feeding a large dog can cost between £20 and £60 a month.
It’s unfair to get a large dog if you don’t have enough space for them. Large dogs can take up a lot more room than you think. Do you have a decent sized enclosed garden where your dog can exercise? Is your house big enough to fit your family and a large dog? Do you have an area where you can put their beds and store all their toys?
Other dogs in the home
Will getting another large dog upset any of the other dogs in your home? You should always consider your existing dogs and decide whether getting another dog would be right for them as well as you.
It’s important to bear in mind that larger dogs don’t tend to live as long as small dogs. Some big dogs, such as Great Danes, only live until the age of seven. You have to be prepared for the fact that a larger dog won’t live very long compared to smaller dogs.
There are some health problems associated with larger dogs such as joint problems, heart problems, hip dysplasia bloat and arthritis. Therefore, if you are getting a larger dog it’s probably best to get them insured. You might want to call up an insurance company to see how much it would cost to insure the breed you are considering.
Equipment and products
Your oversized pooch will need oversized dog products such as toys, bones and a bed. You also need to consider how you will transport your big dog. Will they fit in your car and do you have a way of restraining them safely in your car?