(Closed) NWR: I want a BIG dog.

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I love big dogs! I’m always afraid of stepping on or sitting on the little ones.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I once called my husband from the pet store saying “someone has a DEER in here on a leash!!”  He laughed and told me it was probably a Great Dane!  I went to say hi to it because I couldn’t resist.  I had slobber on my shoulder afterwards just from the dog standing on 4 legs!  It was very sweet though.

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Our Virgil is technically a “large” dog, but he’s pretty small for my tastes (50ish pounds)

 

Post # 35
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

My parents have a Bernese Mountain Dog and he’s seriously like the best dog ever (ok, well tied with my FIL’s labs). Full grown he gets to be like 130 pounds.

Unfortunately, Bernie (yea, my parents are amazingly creative when it comes to names) died last year after a freak accident but my parents got a new puppy a few months later.

This is my favorite pic of Bern. Even at over 100 pounds (he was only 1 at the time and not fully grown) he still thought that he was a lap dog. Literally knocked the wind out of Fiance when he jumped on him…

And Rudy who’s still a pup but will no doubt be a tank in a few months (he’s considerably bigger than this now but I can’t find a recent pic)…

I personally wouldn’t be able to handle a really big dog so we plan to get a chocolate lab at some point but I’ve yet to meet a “tank” that wasn’t like the sweetest pup ever. 

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We have a 100lb mastiff rescue – we think she is actually a South African Boerboel.  There’s a Boerboel available for adoption near us and we’re DYING to get her, but with 500square feet…that’s a bit much.  Lucy’s best friend is a 120lb Great Dane. We babysat her once and it was just TOO MUCH dog for our small space!

I love big digs, but 100lbs is, I think, around what I would stay at.  Anything over 100lbs costs signfiicantly more money in terms of vet bills.  They also tend to have short life spans…which would kill me.  I did have an ex bf who had a Dane that lived to be 16 though – amazing. 

My Luu is the love of my life – moreso than my husband 🙂 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Darling Husband and I were waiting until we had more space to get a Great Pyrenees, my all time favorite dog. They’re a nice big breed, fanastic with children and mellow enough to have with a young, busy family. Small girls can hover around 85 pounds but most are well over 100lbs. However, a little coated German Shepherd unexpectedly fell into our laps and we couldn’t turn her down. 

 

The Great Pyrenees we were holding out to get 

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Our new little girl, she should top out at a small but respectable 50-60 pounds. She’s 12 weeks in this photo. 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@saraja87: Gps’ seem to always be in resuce- try petfinders.com Both of my doggie kids are from there and both are purebreds

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

As a person pretty active in dog rescue it makes me nervous when someone decides they want a giant dog- without deciding what traits work their lifestyle. Not all giant breeds have the same drive, needs, instincts.  A newfie is not a pyrenese is not a mastiff is not a great dane.  Please think about your lifestyle, what you want to do with the dog (activites etc) before deciding.  Go to dog parks, go to dog shows–

~~off my soapbox and down rolling in the shedding dog hair~~~

Post # 41
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

We have a pit/american bulldog mix, and she is 65 lbs. I would LOVE a Great Dane!! My moms friend had 3 when I was growing up (living in a row house in the city!!!!) and they used to let me ride them like horses, holding their ears as reigns (I was younger than 10 at this point). They were awesome, and would curl around me to take naps when I was really young 🙂

I can’t wait til we can move to a house with a big yard (at least an acre). Hubs is in process of putting up a fence, and once we get that, we are thinking about rescuing an older dog from the pound.  I love big dogs, but we also love little bully types like English bulldogs, Bostons, and I really want an Olde English bulldog as well! I would love nothing more than to have like 5 or 6 dogs at any given time :)))

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