(Closed) Is a 60lb dog too big? Or just right?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think the size of the dog is much less important than things like energy level and temperament.  I’ve seen out of control teeny dogs who just weren’t trained at all, and I have 2 great danes (120lbs, and 130lbs) who are easy to walk on a leash and can sit/lay/drop it/leave it/etc… on command because I worked really hard on their training.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I don’t think so. I have friends that have a 10 month old mix breed and it’s estimated to be about 60lbs full grown, it’s probably 30-40 lbs right now and she isn’t too big for me. I guess it’s all about how you and Darling Husband feel about a dog that isn’t tiny. If you like the dog and it’s got a good temperment then I say adopt it before someone else does! Smile

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Considering that our golden retriever is like 100 pounds, 60 seems small lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

It’s “just right” if you like big dogs but not GIGANTIC dogs

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@coffeegal85:  They aren’t small. I don’t have any pictures here at work I can share, but our lab/pit mix is 60/65lbs. She thinks she’s a lap dog and she sleeps with us in our queen bed. We don’t discourage her. It’ll be about the average size of a lab.

EDIT: Training is a must. The temperment will stay good if you train and reinforce it. It will be much easier to handle.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My dog is a full blown lab and he is 98-100ish pounds. He is not a big dog, he is very tall. He looks like a small horse, truthfully. All leg. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I do not think a 60 pound dog is big. I had a cocker spaniel/collie dog that was a bit smaller than that (50-ish?) and I considered her a mid-sized dog.

 

Here he is being forced to wear a dress.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

FI’s family has a labradoodle and she’s 85 pounds and not overweight. But I definitely agree with PP, temperament is what really matters with dogs. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I know a few people with Labradoodles and they are great dogs! 60lbs falls into the “slightly larger than medium sized” category for me, and I don’t think it’s that big overall. Maybe tru googling some other breeds to get a comparison as to what 60lbs will be like? That might give you a better idea of what to expect if you have a point of reference.

Also, if you plan on having kids, all of the Labradoodles I have seen have been really great family dogs ๐Ÿ™‚ If not, then you’ll just have a loveable buddy all to yourself!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our Golden Retriever is not quite 60lbs and I think she’s too small – I like big dogs.  She’s great though – big enough that you know she’s there, but not so big that she can’t get out of the way.  ๐Ÿ™‚  But, I grew up sharing a bed with an 80lb Bernese Mountain Dog.  We also had a Great Dane who was small for a a Dane, but quite a physical presence.  She would sit on the furniture next to you (sit like a person, with her feet on the floor), vs. our Golden who will curl up on your toes or under your feet.  We also had a Corgi who was forever a brat, and mom now has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that’s her BFF. 

So what I’m saying is – it’s not the size but the personality of the dog.  Doodles can be great dogs, I’ve heard.

 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had a 75lb lab growing up and now I have a 90lb dog so 60 feels medium to me. As long as you have a yard and are ok going for walks so you can burn off some of their energy. My lab was crazy until she was like 6. Great family dog.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

i have a 65 lb yellow lab. You might not think they would be lap dogs, but i can tell you every single night my dog curls up on my lap on the couch. A larger dog is not necessarily harder to deal with than a smaller one. 

I would say that energy level and proper obedience training are more important than size. Every size dog can be a good one. A little dog does not mean it will be better behaved (in fact its more likely NOT to be well behaved). 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Oh, she’s adorable! I just wanna kiss her sweet little face!

And to answer your question, no, 60lbs is not a “big” dog. It’s at the upper end of “medium”. I have 2 Siberian Huskies and our male is about 60-63lbs. He’s perfect; not too big to snuggle comfortable on the couch, and not too small where he can get stepped on. 

My husband (the human pictured below) is exactly 6 feet tall. The little dog in front is our female (she’s about 46lbs) and the ginger on the right is our 60lb-boy. 

 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

There isn’t a dog in my house that weighs under 80lbs…when you start to get up over the 50lb mark, three things matter:  Obedience, Temperment and Energy Level….and honestly, they’re like living rugs, they move to one room, lay down and sleep, move to another room, lay down and sleep some more…go outside, take a massive dump…come back inside, eat a little, find a place to lay down and sleep, then we have lunch.

It’s really about the dog’s personality, needs and place in your home versus size…and I hear that labradoodles are just lovely animals to be around, besides, just because they CAN get up to 60lbs, doesn’t mean they WILL….

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