Monday, December 17, 2012

Is a Large Breed Dog Right For Your Family?


After making the decision to bring a new dog into your home, you have to decide what type of dog would be best suited for your family. A large breed dog has a lot to offer with their amazing personalities and loyalty but they’re not suited for all households. Before bringing a large dog into your home, research the different breeds.

Find out, on average, how big he’ll get and if that particular breed has any special needs that you should be aware of before making a decision. This will also help you decide which large breed would be right for you if you decide a big dog does have a place in your home. If you’re thinking about adopting a large breed dog, here are some things to consider.

Residence
Large dogs, when fully grown, take up a lot of room, so where you live matters. You need enough room for your dog to move around easily and some place where she can get exercise. If you’re living in a small apartment where space is limited, you may want to consider a small breed dog. On the other hand, if you live alone or plan to move to a bigger home in the near future, then a large breed could work for you. Big dogs will also do well in small homes with a backyard where they can get out and run around. 

Responsibility
Everyone in the household can be assigned a job to help care for your new pet but there should always be at least one adult in the home who takes on the main responsibility of caring for the large dog. Children can feed and walk them when the dog is small but as they grow, some kids may not be able to handle them in certain situations. Large breed dogs make wonderful pets for any age but you will need to help young children care for them. 

Expenses
In most every area from feeding to routine vet visits, caring for big dogs is usually more expensive. For this reason, you need to consider how much it will cost for food, vet care, toys, etc. before you bring a large dog into your home. Many large dog breeds shed more, so keeping your home clean and free of dog hair will take effort and expense. Once you adopt a dog, it’s a lifetime commitment, so you want to consider all the angles to make sure a large dog fits into your lifestyle and that you can afford to care for him properly.

Training
Do you have the time to put into training your dog? Large breed dogs are smart, loyal, affectionate and very protective but a big untrained dog can be dangerous. Some of the larger breeds can knock you off your feet if they jump on you to play and their bite could result in serious injury. This is also something that you need to consider if you have small children in the home. You don’t want an unruly large dog running around where kids are playing. 

Consider all of these factors when determining if a large breed dog is right for your family and it’ll help you make a wise decision that will make everyone happy. 

Today's guest post was written by Lisa Mason. Lisa is a content marketing specialist and owner of a long-haired dog. She invites you to stop by Doggie Clothesline for a large selection of dog beds, clothes, harnesses and other accessories that will help show off your large dog's personality.

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