Owning Large Breed Dog | Biggest Breeds
Owning a large breed dog can be tons of fun, especially for children. Here is an overview of large breed dogs, what their needs are, and how large they can grow.
Large Breed Dogs
Of the 155 dogs that are listed in the American Kennel Club in 2006, the majority of the dogs listed in the top half are large breed dogs. Regardless of whether you choose a large breed dog or a small breed dog, it will be to your advantage to learn as much as you can about the breed. Some of the more popular large breed dogs are German shepherd, Mastiff, Newfoundland, Great Dane, and Labrador. The Labrador is the most popular of all dogs and has been for quite some time. In fact, they are so far ahead of other dogs in popularity; it would take a lot for some other breed to pass them up.
Large Breed Dog Needs
It is a known fact that large breed dogs require more food, more space, more energy and time than small breeds, but there must be something special about them for them to remain so popular. For some reason, children seem to be enamored at the prospect of having a large dog. Whether children feel they play better or are more protective is unknown, but they just seem to prefer large dogs. They just seem to be more affectionate and loving, with children enjoying them more.
Large Breed Dog Size
There are certain concerns involving owning large dogs. When you bring home that cute little puppy, you know they will grow to be a large dog, but you have no idea at that time how big they will actually grow. They can be an average size German shepherd weighing around 85 pounds or an English Mastiff like Hercules, the Guinness Book of World Records setter, which weighs 282 pounds. There is a lot of difference in the care these two dogs will need.
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