(Closed) Big dogs…

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t have dogs that big, but I know a few people who do and they love having Mastiffs. Each person has at least two and they are gigantic and sweet and wonderful and smart and well behaved. They do make sure to mention that it takes a LOT of…not energy…oh, effort. A lot of effort. Making sure to keep cleaned up, keeping them active, not letting them get bored, etc. That’s true of dogs of any size, but dogs that big can definitely cause a lot of damage faster than smaller dogs can. 

That said, I would love to have BIG dogs one day. In theory, anyway. We have four “large” dogs (shepherds, labs, golden retrievers, etc) and I love them to the point of not being able to picture my life with other dogs when they’re gone. But that may not be what happens. If we do get dogs in the future, I’d love to have two great big’uns. 

Post # 4
1513 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i grew up with big dogs. our family dog was a 160-pound doberman pinscher and he was the best dog ever. i wouldnt have traded him for all the golden retrievers in the world. one of the pros of being a big dog family is that you can be a lot more playful with your big dogs than littler dogs since they are more hardy. you can go for runs in the snow and not worry about them getting a chill, etc. also i have found that bigger dogs tend to be less yippy and nervous than littler guys. 

the biggest con youll probably face is the reactions that other people will have o your big dog. people who are nervous around big dogs will probably make comments to you now and then. also they eat a lot more and poop a lot bigger, so you have to be prepared to buy a lot of kibble and be a pooper scooper more often than youd probably like.

Post # 5
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would only get a big dog if you have a lot of land and are good at training dogs. I say that because they have a lot of energy and can do some serious damage! You have to give that energy a positive outlet. 

Post # 6
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@AlwaysSunny:  I would have to disagree with this. We have a great dane x great pyraneese and she has way less energy than all the little dogs in our neighourhood. She is a very good indoor dog spending most of her day napping if we are not out at the park or on a walk.

She does need exersize, we go for a walk twice a day or to the park or something.

The con is most definetly other peoples reactions before they meet her. To me she is a big ball of love but to a stranger she can look scary. People often cross the road when we are walking and we hear on a regular basis “why dont you get a saddle for that thing”.

She eats four cups of great quality food but that would be more or less depending on the dog. Services are more expensive and its harder to find things like in home doggy daycare as people often have size restrictions.

All in All i would for sure have another and cant see myself ever not having a big dog.

Post # 7
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m familiar with great danes — my husband’s family has had quite a few.  They, like mastiffs are really low energy dogs, once they are adults.  Most big dogs are pretty chill temperament-wise.  (Think about it — the big breeds had to be bred to be easy going.  The ones that weren’t must have been impossible to deal with!!) My favorite BIG dog is a newfoundland — I’ve never met one that isn’t super sweet and really good with kids.  (But, being a water dog they stink!!). 

That said, while I LOVE big dogs, I don’t think I could handle the responsibility.  You have to be really sure to socialize them like crazy, and they wreck a nice hardwood floor. 

Post # 8
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have two large dogs (105 pounds, 68 pounds), not giant breeds. My sister just got a great dane/mastiff puppy.  I love the protection they can offer.  My dogs are big wussies but no one would know it and no one is likely to mess with me when I’m out walking two big german shepherds.  We also have a small dog and I will say the big dogs just seem smarter, were easier to train and more quickly were potty trained.  Now the cons would be the destruction, the little one’s chewing didn’t destroy nearly as much as the big one’s.  We lost a dining room chair, a few drawer knobs, a table leg, and some shoes to the big one.  The little one put a hole in the couch.  My sister’s puppy, the giant breed, has now eaten the couch, 3 bar stools, two ottomons, and a whole bunch of the kids toys.  Another con would be the lifespan, we haven’t had a large dog live past 12, where smaller breeds can live 15 years and up.  They do eat more and vet bills go up based on the weight of the dog. But I will never get a small dog again, my big dogs are so much less annoying, the little one constantly wants to sit in my lap and has a really yippie bark.

Post # 9
5963 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

I love me the big ones!  Such a different energy than small ones.  Kind of like moving rugs, my boys get up, move to a room, lay down and sleep.  Very sweet, obedient, and quiet.  Cons, they eat a ton of food, need bigger everything and cost more at the vet…to me it’s worth every penny.  I’d have to really think about it before I went tiny again!  We’ve got a great Pyrenees who weighs 101lbs, a huge 80lb greyhound and a yellow lab who tips the scale at 100lbs.

Post # 10
15 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

My husband and I have a Saint Bernard and he is without a doubt the best dog ever. We both grew up always having a dog, most of which were “large” sized, mutts, labs, a greyhound. When we got married I decided I wanted to move to the “giant” cateogory. We have already talked and decided when the time comes we will most definitely be getting another Saint Bernard and another after that! My experience with him so far… As a puppy he was super easy to train. Completely potty trained within 2 weeks of being home, he rings a bell next to the door when he needs to go out. We crate-trained him when he was little so if we were not home or sleeping he was crated and we never had any chewing or damage issues with our home, including our hardwoods. He is 2 now and we no longer use his crate. As far as energy goes we have never had a problem. After the wedding we moved into a 2 bedroom townhome with no fenced in yard so I had to take him for walks everyday but one good walk was always enough to wear him down and on several occaions he would lay down halfway through and refuse to get up! Now we have a decent sized fenced in backyard, nothing real large, and it is more than enough room for him. 4 tennis ball throws and that boy’s ready to come in for a nap. He wants to be where we are so if we aren’t outside he doesn’t want to be either. Most of his  time is spent curled up near us. He is a total people lover, but his large frame and bark is perfect for protection. My son is a little over one now and I think the best thing about the dog is his way with my son. He goes up and pulls on his ears, sits on his back like a horse, climbs on top of him to get on the couch, the other day he took his plastic hammer and bonked him right in the nose, and never a flinch or blink of an eye from Zeus. They are the BEST family dogs. I don’t think he really eats more than any other type of large dog. We give ours 4 cups a day, which is the same amount my parents give there greyhound, and some days he won’t even eat the full 4 cups. While some services may cost more at the vet, alot of it is done in a weight range, such as 90-120 lbs or 100-150 and you can find many other “large” breed dogs that will fall into the lower end of those categories so its never really been an extra expense for us. The one somewhat annoying thing would be him not really knowing his size. A larger dog can easily swat a picture to the floor with his tail while turning around and since the bottom of his mouth lands right at kitchen table height you definitely have to watch what you put, and leave, on the table. Everyone in our families thought we were crazy when we bought him and now he is everyone’s favorite dog. Sorry for such a long post, I just can’t say enough about Saint Bernards! Good luck with your decision!

The boys..

Post # 11
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@alyssaC:  I had a Mastiff when I was younger. BEST DOG EVER! Now we have our fur baby beagel bulldog (beabull haha) And I love her, shes smallish but 45 pounds and pure muscle lol.

 I will be getting another mastiff in about a year when we buy a house.

Post # 12
1095 posts
Bumble bee

I have an American Bulldog and while she is large (75lbs), she is not a giant breed (100lbs+). Nevertheless, I can definately contribute to the pro/con discussion:

PROS: She is my big snuggly bear; she makes a good “protection dog” (even though she’s the biggest pussycat in the world – she looks intimidating).

CONS: People are scared of her; I needed to train her very well because she is very strong and could easily pull me down the street.

I’m a big dog kinda girl, I couldn’t image myself with a small dog.

Post # 13
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@alibee:  by far the cutest picture ever! I used to sit like that with my dog!

Post # 14
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I had a mastiff/lab mix and she was a sweetheart.  BIG dog.  She would cry and whine like a baby until you pet her.  So sweet hearing cries come from such a big dog.

Post # 15
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I love some of the giant breeds, but I could never own one. They don’t live very long, most less than 10 years (some as low as 5-7).

One of my dogs turned 5 this year, she’s a toy breed and expected to live 15 years, so we still have a lot of good years ahead of us. But if she were a giant breed, she’d be near the end of her life. That’s heartbreaking to me, I couldn’t do it.

Post # 16
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have two great danes and a mutt and I love them all.  My danes are 130lbs and 120lbs, so not really massive in terms of giant breeds, but they are tall and lean.  Danes by nature are very clingy, need a LOT of attention, but are pretty lazy in terms of exercise requirements.  I spend a lot more time snuggling than I do walking them!  They do have a shorter lifespan, but if they are healthy, blessed with good hips and joints, and eat a high quality food then they can stick around a bit longer.  My 5 1/2 year old dane still jumps up on the bed, does pretty well on carpeted stairs, and will chase the other dogs around the yard- he does slow down more quickly and it wears him out if we play too long or too hard, but he keeps up for an old guy 🙂

My biggest suggestion when dealing with ANY dog, large or small- is training.  Training, training, training!!!  Make sure they are obedient, well socialized, and have good leash manners.  Talk to a vet about the costs of owning a larger dog as well… heartworm/flea/tick prevention isn’t cheap, and you’ll have to buy the larger doses of those medicines to ensure adequate protection. 

Best of luck!!!  I love love love big dogs!

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