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Why I Prefer Big Dogs

I like animals of all shapes and kinds. I've had canine companions over the years that have ranged from Pomeranians to Rottweilers and have loved each one of them. Every breed and mixed breed have general traits and within them, individual personalities.

Over time, I have developed a special fondness for large dogs. Labradors, German Shepherds, Newfoundlands, Great Danes and Rottweilers are breeds that I have found to be generally calm and easy-going, something that fits in with my own personality.

Many of the large dog breeds don't bark near as often as some of the smaller breeds of dogs. That appeals to me.

The loyalty of the big dog breeds is just as certain as that of their smaller counterparts.

When I visit a friend or pass someone walking a dog, I am just as happy to see and interact with a small dog as I am a large one, but for my own companion I will choose a large dog every time.

This post is part of the A-W Category Challenge originated by Dawnwriter

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Ellis wrote on November 1, 2014, 4:20 PM

I've only ever had big dogs...but I am too old to give one a home now..

Feisty56 wrote on November 1, 2014, 4:31 PM

I had never given age a thought as to having a dog or cat for a companion, but I imagine there are circumstances that could make it unfavorable to own a pet. Since I prefer pets to many people, that would cause me to feel most lonely.

maxeen wrote on November 1, 2014, 4:48 PM

Yes ,yes ! I would have twice as many as I have now -4 and all smashing personalities. I have boxers and have had the same breed since I was 16.They are my aid to plenty of exercise ,never seem to stop walking..

melody23 wrote on November 1, 2014, 5:02 PM

A few flats ago the flat below me was a holiday flat and tiny as well I might add, the lady that owned it was animal mad. Her and her boyfriend would come down for the weekend with the four cats and the huge dog, I have no idea where they all slept but that's not the point. The dog in question was one of those they breed a great dane with something else to make it even bigger, it looked like the worlds biggest Dalmatian and it was the friendliest dog in the world. So much so that if you were coming up the stairs and it was coming down them it would run at you and attempt to jump up and lick you to death, it was the scariest thing ever because I am sure it would have had no problem at all knocking all five feet four of me down the stairs. I am not so keen on big dogs these days.

Scorpie wrote on November 1, 2014, 5:05 PM

The very first time my then girlfriend now wife went to the auto shop she encountered buster, a rottie mix. She sat on the leather couch in my office and the dog hopped up there too. She was one belly scratch away from a lifelong friend. I miss ya old boy.

Ellis wrote on November 1, 2014, 5:21 PM

They are greatly missed but to my mind one has to be able to care for an animal and see to its needs problems prevent me from doing that so it would be unkind to try...

alexdg1 wrote on November 1, 2014, 5:52 PM

I once owned a yellow Labrador retriever. She was a handful as a puppy, but once she went through obedience training and was housebroken, she was an easy dog to take care of. And yep, she was quieter than the Pomeranian we once owned when I was a kid.

LeaPea2417 wrote on November 1, 2014, 6:54 PM

I don't have a dog, but if I got one I would want a German Shepherd. My sister in law has one that is so sweet and friendly. After seeing that dog, made me think that is the kind of dog I would want.

bestwriter wrote on November 1, 2014, 8:48 PM

We started with a doberman and Alsatian mix. He was not so attached to us and died pretty early. We then went in for a Dalmatian - a lovable pet but we could not handle him when he was ill because of his size. We had to lift him as he was not able to walk. Then on we decided to go for middle-sized dogs and we had the Bull Terrier who left behind indelible memories with his attachment to us and the cats. We then decided to give up on pedigree and picked up a dog that was visiting our garden. She gave us two more and none of them are alive now They died because of age We now have Preiti our life.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on November 1, 2014, 9:27 PM

I have small breed too but I also have 1 big breed mixed lab and gsd. I am a dog lover! i have 10 dogs now different sizes

BarbRad wrote on November 2, 2014, 1:32 AM

I've always been a bit afraid of large dogs. I've met too many untrained ones who have jumped all over me.

MegL wrote on November 2, 2014, 4:16 AM

That's a lovely photo. (I know it's not your dog but a really good choice.) We have only ever had one dog. She was a medium sized dog but barked whenever she heard someone coming up the garden path. One night, we heard her bark while we were in bed. Went round the house but nothing was amiss. Next morning, we found our front door had scratches round the lock where someone had tried to force the door. Presumably they had been scared off by her barking.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 3, 2014, 5:06 AM

I've never owned a dog myself, but I also prefer the larger breeds. Small dogs generally are too high strung for me. I like the calm demeanour of the bigger breeds and mixes.

Feisty56 wrote on November 3, 2014, 11:24 AM

That had to be quite an experience! From what I have learned from having the larger breeds of dogs as companions is that training them to act appropriately must begin at an early age. There is going to be a lot of energy and muscle in these dogs when full grown, so socialization and learning to follow commands at an early age is important.

Feisty56 wrote on November 3, 2014, 11:26 AM

What a handsome dog Buster was! I once had a rescue companion who was a mix of Chow Chow and German Shepherd who looked a great deal like Buster. He was huge but a wonderful protector and friend.

Feisty56 wrote on November 3, 2014, 11:28 AM

I've never met a Labrador, whether full breed or mixed breed, that I didn't like. They have such wonderful personalities and seem to meld well into just about any household.

Feisty56 wrote on November 3, 2014, 11:30 AM

Getting those larger dogs trained as puppies makes all the difference in the world to a well-behaved adult dog. Labs enjoy pleasing their human companions and are more easy to train than say mastiffs.

Feisty56 wrote on November 3, 2014, 11:31 AM

German Shepherds are great companions and very smart, too. One of my daughters has a German Shepherd -- he is very protective of her when her fiance is out of the house.

Feisty56 wrote on November 3, 2014, 11:33 AM

Wow, I guess you are a dog lover! I like dogs in all sizes and varieties. Were I to live somewhere that the dogs could freely roam a large, safe area I can well imagine having quite a few.

Feisty56 wrote on November 3, 2014, 11:35 AM

Yes, those untrained dogs can spoil people's feelings for all the larger dogs. Before I had my first Rottweiler companion, Taz, I wasn't sure what to expect from the breed, given its reputation. I was pleasantly surprised.

Feisty56 wrote on November 3, 2014, 11:37 AM

Thank you. The dog in the photo looks very much like my Zeus, who was a rescue dog. He was as gentle as he was handsome.

We'll likely never know how many times we've been saved from burglary or other crime simply because the bark or presence of a dog frightened away a would-be creep.

Feisty56 wrote on November 3, 2014, 11:38 AM

I agree with you. I enjoy seeing and interacting with other people's small dogs, but prefer the more laid-back demeanor of the large dogs.

melody23 wrote on November 3, 2014, 1:24 PM

It was a beautiful thing, and really friendly. In fact it was too friendly if anything, that was the problem with meeting it on the stairs, it was as if it had no appreciation for how big it was. On hind legs the thing was bigger than me so could easily knock me off my feet. On ground level it was ok but on the stairs it was terrifying.

alexdg1 wrote on November 3, 2014, 3:51 PM

The first few months of puppy-hood were the toughest, especially for me. Mary Joe (our Lab) was playful, strong, and loved to run. Before we hired a pro trainer, she could - and often did - pull so hard on her leash that she would knock me to the ground. Thankfully, once she went through obedience training she calmed down and was easy to control.

The trainer used to tell Mom and me that the training process was more for the humans' ability to take charge of their pets.....

VinceSummers wrote on December 17, 2014, 4:12 PM

I like big dogs. I like little dogs unless they're Bob Barkers. Actually, if they don't bark too much, I prefer little dogs. Besides, they're cheaper to feed and live longer.