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Large Dogs vs Small Dogs

Large Dogs vs Small Dogs

When it comes to dogs, people like them in all different shapes and sizes. Due to the way that we breed dogs, we have been able to create a wide range of dog breeds to suit different purposes. There isn’t any other mammal species that varies as much as dogs. From teeny tiny teacup Chihuahuas to enormous Great Danes that are almost as large as cows.

A lot of owners tend to prefer either one or the other, having a specific preference for small or large dogs. Some owners enjoy having dogs of all different sizes, but many find one particular size suits their lifestyle best.

There are benefits and drawbacks to having large dogs vs small dogs. If you are trying to decide what size dog would be best for you, then here are some of the main advantages and disadvantages to large and small dogs.

Large dogs advantages

  • Can make better guard dogs as their size is more intimidating.
  • Some people feel larger dogs look more as dogs are supposed to be.
  • Can be more active than smaller dogs, but not always the case. Some of the very large breeds such as Great Danes don’t need much exercise.
  • Better for hunting large game.

Large dog disadvantages

  • Eat substantially more dog food, larger dogs cost a lot more to feed.
  • Can be more difficult to transport.
  • Take up more room in the home.
  • Larger dogs don’t live as long as smaller dogs, some have a lifespan of only six or seven years, but it does depend on the breed.

Small dog advantages

  • Easier to transport because they are smaller
  • Don’t take up as much space as larger dogs.
  • Easier to cuddle because you can fit them on your lap or in your arms. Some larger dogs are harder to have a cuddle or snuggle up with on the sofa.
  • Cheaper to feed.
  • Equipment for smaller dogs tend to be cheaper.

Small dog disadvantages

  • Can develop ‘small dog syndrome’
  • Live longer than bigger dogs so can be seen as more of a commitment.
  • Can be overpowered by larger dogs (but not always, because small dogs tend to think they are bigger than they really are).

Of course there are also medium size dogs, who can offer the best of both worlds. When thinking about what size dog to get, consider how much space you have, how big your garden is and what size dog you can afford to feed on a monthly basis. Then there’s your own personal preferences to consider, some people just like the look of smaller or larger dogs, and this alone will influence their decision.


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