The Pros and Cons of Large Dogs

From teacup Poodles to Saint Bernards, dogs can come in all shapes and sizes. Generally, small dog breeds are easier to take care of because of their small size. Small dogs are also the go-to option for dog parents who live in smaller homes. However, large dogs are equally as loveable and loyal to humans. Taking into account the different lifestyle and home environment of pet parents, certain dogs may suit you more than others. 

Generally large dogs such as the Golden Retriever and American Staffordshire Terrier weigh at least 50 pounds and can grow up to 70 pounds. There are also giant dog breeds such as the Great Dane or Bernese Mountain Dog that can grow past 100 pounds. 

If you’re looking to purchase or adopt a large dog then you should carefully consider the pros and cons before bringing one home. 




While all dogs, regardless of size and breed, are trainable, large dogs are found to be more easy to train and intelligent. Some of the smartest dog breeds including Border Collie, German Shepherd, and Labrador Retriever all fall between the medium to large size category. Big dogs are excellent learners and can pick up a variety of tricks and good behavior faster. 


Big dogs, especially boxers and bullies, have a reputation of being dangerous. However, big dog breeds are actually more emotionally stable, well-mannered, and child-friendly than smaller breeds like chihuahuas. Large dogs tolerate rougher play and are really just gentle giants with big hearts.  

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Big dogs bark less

A shocking fact about big dogs is that they don’t bark nearly as much as small dogs. Most dogs will bark in situations such as alert, anxiety, or attention; however, small breeds tend to be more vocal about their wants and needs. While there is no such thing as a silent dog, you can rest assured knowing that lots of big dog breeds prefer to stay quiet. 

The best cuddle buddy

You never have to worry about accidentally crushing your pup during a cuddle session. Most large dogs, like the golden retriever, are very affectionate, fun, patient, and devoted to their owners. If you’re looking for an adorable human size cuddle buddy, then large dogs are a great option! 


You can count on a big dog during emergencies such as home break-ins or robbery. Criminals will definitely think twice before intruding your home. Bonus points if you have a big and  scary looking dog such as a Rottweiler or Leonberger! 



Double the exercise

Exercise is a must for all dogs to live a healthy and happy life. Generally, big dogs require more exercise than smaller breeds, which is the perfect opportunity for you to get your fitness on. However, if activity is not your forté you might want to reconsider owning a large dog. 

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Big dogs cost more

On average, big dogs cost more to maintain because of their large size. You’d be surprised at how much food and treats a big dog can consume daily. Big dogs also go through their dog supplies more often because they are a bit more rough with toys, crates, and beds. 

They shed everywhere

Although most dogs will shed fur, big dogs tend to shed more than their smaller cousins. If you decide to bring a large dog home, you will quickly find your house dominated by your dog’s coat. 

Not the most travel-and store-friendly

Traveling with any pets can be a stressful experience, but traveling with a large dog can be extra difficult. It’s usually a bit easier with a small dog because they don’t take up much space and can be easily carried around. There are lots of things to consider and plan when you own a large dog. 

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