Owning a dog entails additional responsibility and accountability on your part as a pet owner. So, before you finally take a dog with you to bring home as a pet, think it through before finally making a decision. There are things you should consider, especially if you’re thinking of getting a big dog.
Aside from determining which dog is the best for you and your family, it goes without saying that you need to buy some pet stuff appropriate for your chosen dog. You need to dog-proof your house as well, and you have to be emotionally-prepared to welcome the newest member of your family. If you don’t know where to start, and what to expect in owning dogs, particularly a big one, read on. We have gathered some of the most basic facts that we think first-time dog owners should know before finally bringing home a large dog.
Big dogs eat big.
It’s easy to fall in love with dogs from large breeds. Most of them are gentle giants, but their large frames and eating habits are challenging for a first-time dog owner. Big dogs? They eat big, too. After all, they have big tummies, which you need to fill in every meal time. Are you up for this challenge?
Big dogs require big spaces.
If you live in a small apartment, we strongly advise you against getting a big dog. Big dogs have large body frames, and large body frames require large spaces. If you have ample space just for you and your family, do yourself a favor and don’t try cramming a big dog in.
Expenses could get even more expensive with a large dog.
By expenses, we are not just referring to food. We are referring to everything else that your dog might need. With a large dog, things could get a little pricier when it comes to vet bills, medications, and vitamins. The larger the frame the dog has, the higher the dosage he needs when it comes to vitamins, medications, and even preventatives.
You need to pay attention more to your big dog’s health.
Unfortunately, dogs from large breeds are more prone to health issues compared to their smaller counterparts. Some of the most common health issues that are usually diagnosed in large dog breeds are arthritis, hypothyroidism, and hip dysplasia. Sad to say, large dog breeds have shorter lifespans as well, compared to dogs from smaller breeds.
If a large dog misbehaves, it might cause a big problem on your end.
Normally, jumping at humans are not at all a problem for small dog breeds, such as Dachshunds. They are small, and they are not necessarily heavy. However, the same leeway cannot be given to dogs from large breeds, because they could easily topple an adult just by happily jumping at them. So, the best way to prevent this from happening is to train your large dog not to impulsively jump at people. And while you’re at it, have him trained to correct the behavioral issues he might have while he’s still a puppy.