A large or small dog?
Dogs can vary enormously in size. The largest dog breeds can weigh over 80 kilograms. The largest breeds of dog include the Saint Bernard, the English Mastiff, and the Great Dane ( also known as the German Mastiff or Deutsche Dogge).
The smallest dogs weigh less than 5 kilograms. Well-known examples are the Chihuahua, the Miniature Dachshund (also known as the Pomeranian), or the Yorkshire Terrier.
Now you may ask yourself, should I get a big dog or a small dog?
Which is better for you: a big or a small dog?
Of course the answer is: It depends. It depends on your living environment, your lifestyle and your personal preferences.
Space for your dog.
Do you have a large house or a small flat?
Your dog should of course fit in your house. A large dog needs more space, both at home and in the car, for example.
Large dogs are much stronger and that can be important to keep in mind if you want all your family members to handle the dog. Some large breeds can only be kept on a lead by adults. Are you at an advanced age? Older people are often better off with a smaller dog, which are easier to keep under control.
Which dog fits your lifestyle?
Advantages small dog / disadvantages large dog:
- Need less space
Handier to take somewhere, takes less space
- Cheaper and easier to care for
Small dogs eat less and are cheaper to care for and maintain. You have to clean less
Small dogs just make less mess than larger dogs. They have less problems with shedding, drooling and less dirt coming in from the street.
- Easier to raise
One of the advantages of having a small dog is that they are usually easier to train. Large dogs, depending on the breed, might need the help of a professional trainer.
Advantages large dog / Disadvantages small dog:
- Large dogs tend to be calmer in character. Small dogs can sometimes have a very feisty nature. They will attack and bark or yelp more quickly.
- Large dogs give more of a sense of protection and security.
- Some dog lovers find that large dogs are more fun, because these are ‘real’ dogs. But that, of course, depends entirely on your preference and lifestyle.
- Less exercise is required for a dog with shorter legs. All dogs need exercise, both mental and physical, as well as a daily walk, but smaller breeds require less activity and effort from their owners.
Whether this is an advantage or disadvantage for you, depends on your lifestyle.
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