Exploring The Differences A Dog’s Size Can Make
Choosing a dog to fit your lifestyle requires a thorough look at various factors. From physical activity levels to financial commitments, there are many considerations. One important aspect is the dog’s size once fully grown. Below are some points to ponder when determining if a small or large dog breed will work best.
One apparent difference in dogs based on their size is their food intake. Large breeds require more kibble, since their bodies are bigger than their smaller furry friends. Also, there can be more specialty formula demands based on health concerns. On the other hand, small and toy breeds have unique requirements. The kibble for these petite pooches needs to be smaller in size to match their physiques. Oversized kibble can become a choking hazard or comfort concern for tiny teeth.
Similarly, there are higher health-related costs for large breeds. As they typically have a briefer life span, large breeds may face more health issues over a shorter timeframe. In fact, a study puts the cost of owning a big dog at $1,448 a year, whereas a small one is $1,001. Medium-sized canines were estimated to be around $1,214 . Of course, the costs depend on many other elements such as the pup’s specific health needs and the owner’s geographical location.
While costs may be lower for small dogs in these regards, they can be higher in others. For instance, they may require more professional training courses. Generally, training smaller dogs may be much more difficult when compared to larger ones.
Whether it’s due to breed characteristics or because humans treat them differently unintentionally, little dogs can be more defiant. On top of this, positive reinforcement through treats isn’t as easy because they have littler stomachs.
Small breeds can also be injured more easily. If around boisterous children or in a hectic household, miniature mongrels may be stepped on, dropped or otherwise hurt due to their stature. Big dogs are typically more durable choices for young family life. An owner’s level of activity also needs to be considered. Although canines of all sizes need exercise, some bigger varieties have a higher endurance — which is ideal for those seeking a running or outdoorsy companion.
Where a person resides is another key component. If the living space is on the lower end of the size spectrum, a lap dog may be a better fit. Large dogs not only need more room for their bigger items, but could be accidentally destructive in an apartment setting. Then again, some small dogs could be more anxious or excitable due to the sounds and strangers associated with apartment life.
Researching what will work for an owner as well as what’s best for a pet is essential when bringing home a new furry best friend. For further considerations and size comparisons, please see the accompanying resource.
Alec Hutchins is Chief Marketing Officer of Recherche Kennels – Doodles, a professional breeding and training facility. Recherche Kennels has over 10 years of experience breeding with top parent bloodlines and training puppies to be the perfect family pet.