Giant Dogs

The biggest problem with giant dogs is their size!

If you already own a "horse" dog then I'm sure you already know the joy of owning a giant dog. When they are fully obedience trained they make wonderful companions, but on the way to full obedience can be a lot of work. Some giant breeds can weigh up to 120kg so the chances are you are going to be outweighed or at least matched for weight. This means you are going to need to be very assertive right from the get go. You need to clearly establish yourself as the master, so if there's any shrinking violet in your personality, don't get a giant dog!

Untrained or not properly trained giant dogs are dangerous. When a Chihuahua runs full pelt into you, you'll be annoyed- when a St Bernard does the same thing, you'll be hospitalised! When a Chihuahua refuses to come to you, you'll go and pick it up to make your command happens, but are you going to use a forklift on a stubborn St Bernard? And don't even think about what could happen with a dog bite from a giant breed- there'll be more than a bit of blood! Be very clear; you need to be mentally and physically strong to own a giant dog.

Exercise is important for most giant breeds and it won't just be a sedate walk around the block. The chances are you will need to set aside at least an hour each day for some serious pavement pounding.

Remember also that giant dogs will require a large amount of food which is a bigger expense than for smaller breeds. In fact, every thing from worming tablets to dog collars will cost more. And what goes in must come out. Giant dogs do giant poos that need a heavy duty clean up, probably every other day.

Finally, before purchasing a giant dog, check on the average lifespan of the breed. If you are looking for a dog to grow up with your children, giant breeds may not be the best option. As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the dog the shorter its lifespan. Some giant breeds only live 6-8 years.

If you do decide on a giant dog, you'll need a big yard, a big bank balance and a big knee to sit on- let's face it, every dog likes a cuddle!

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