(Closed) Big dogs…

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
1513 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@abbyful:  i’ve always wanted an irish wolf hound, but they only live to be like 7 and i have wondered if that would be too hard to go through so quickly… but… our doberman lived for 12 years (he would have lived longer but he died due to vet error) and my brother’s rottie is already 10 or 11, so the life expectancy averages arent always guarantees!

Post # 18
1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We had a Saint Bernard when I was a kid and he was wonderful. I also had a Great Dane when I was in middle school. Then as an adult, I had a Great Dane/Lab mix.

I love giants and would have a house full of Great Danes if I could, but truthfully, I cannot handle their shorter life span. I get far too attached and its heart breaking to even think about such a short time with them.


Post # 20
6245 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I’ve only had big dogs so that’s all I know.  And I will continue to have big dogs because they have such big hearts.  A con is the shedding, but almost all dogs shed so that’s not going to stop me!

Post # 21
6245 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

@alyssaC:  Depends on the dog.  My 130-pound German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix didn’t drool unless he was drinking water.

Post # 22
5474 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@alyssaC:  I would say it depends on the breed, but honestly it depends on the individual dog… my male dane gets very slobbery right after drinking or when he’s hot or excited (like after running around the dog park), however my female dane doesn’t drool much at all, if ever.

Post # 24
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

My Father-In-Law has a St. Bernard – she is actually the sweetest dog in the world. However, I don’t know if I could live with the slobber. She slobbers constantly and everytime I leave her I am covered in slobber!!!!

Post # 25
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I love most of the giant breeds.  If I ever get a hobby farm, I would love to have a Great Pyrenees.  Mastiffs are awesome, too, but my dream is to have a few Great Danes.

First, be aware that most of the larger breeds drool.  Some of them drool almost constantly, and some only drool a bit after drinking.  Drool levels vary by breed, and also a bit between individuals.  There was a Great Dane in our obedience class a couple years ago, and the trainer mentioned that every Dane owner she knows carries a “drool rag” with them.  

Second, each breed is going to be prone to various health problems.  Giant breeds in general don’t have very long life spans, even if they are healthy throughout that life, so if that’s a turn-off for you, look elsewhere for canine companionship.  Also, do not get one until you can afford to care for them properly.  Research the costs associated with care and feeding of the breed(s) you are interested in.  Research the health problems common to that breed, and the cost of treating those health issues should they occur.  For example, Danes are prone to bloat.  It can become serious very quickly, and it usually doesn’t happen during normal vet hours, which means additional costs for “emergency” care.  They do have doggy insurance, so maybe check out some plans and see what they cost, and what they cover for that cost.  Right now, cost is the only thing keeping me from owning a Dane.

Also, research the breed in general, then make sure to meet dogs of that breed to see if they match up with your lifestyle.  Dog shows and breed rescue events are great places to meet a variety of the dogs of the breed(s) you are interested in.  The national and/or local breed club will also be a great resource to you for finding information, as well as finding a responsible breeder or a rescue.  If you want a puppy of any breed, it is important to find a responsible breeder, but it becomes even more important when you are dealing with breeds prone to health problems and/or who have a short life span at the best of times.

Post # 26
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am a big dog person and had one for 11 years. The “pros” are obvious, but here are some cons I found:


-*Shorter life span

-*can have joint issues

-*vet care/medication/feeding all more expensive

-* surcharge on pet Insurance

-*you might need a larger vehicle

-*more mess/more dirt

-* friends less likely to care for a large dog if you go away on holiday

-* If you don’t keep your dog off the sofa nobody will want to visit you and sit at your house.

-* If your dog gets into a fight it can inflict far more serious wounds

-* HUGE poops to pick up

-* as the dog ages it will be hard for it to negotiate stairs or use the washroom and you won’t be able to carry it around

-* some large breeds drool and it stinks when it dries on clothes or upholstery




Post # 27
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have a Lab/Great Dane.  His size is from the Great Dane.  We call him a horse!

I LOVE big dogs – for me, I had to keep in mind our yard space (he needs space to run around) and his tail – he can knock things over!!  Also, he like’s to sit or lean on people… just gotta watch him around kids – he doesn’t realize his strength!

Here he is on our King size bed (showing off his man parts!)  :

Here he is sitting in my car:

Post # 28
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I love big dogs.  I wish our Golden Retriever was bigger – she’s just a baby (~60lbs). 

I grew up with an 80lb Bernese Mountain Dog and she was my BFF, for real.  She’d kill you if you looked at me sideways but was the most loving family pet.  She had a harness and pulled us down the street on rollerblades, then just stopped and waited for mom to catch up.  I had to get a bigger bed when I was 12 because there wasn’t room for both of us. 

We had a Dane for a while, too – who was the biggest couch potato ever.  Super sweet, but so much so that we had to find her a new home where someone was actually home all day.  She was a rescue, we were her third home, and she had serious separation anxiety – she’d destroy the house while we were gone.  Mom still has oak doors with claw marks from top to bottom that she tried to get through. 

Now mom and dad have a little lap dog (A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) who is also the sweetest thing in the whole world. 

So – I could go either way.  You should choose based on your environment.  If you have space and time – bigger is better.  If you like to cuddle and don’t have room for a giant crate, small can be just as good.

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