What Size Dog is Best for You?

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If you are considering adding a new dog to your family, the best place to start your search is to decide what size dog is best for you. There are many factors to consider when choosing size, so make a list of what you like as you read this article.

Living Space:

When choosing what size dog is best for you, take into account the size of your home. Do you live in a house or an apartment? Do you have a big backyard, a small garden, or a slab of concrete when you walk outside your back door? Will an extra large dog like a Great Dane fit in your studio apartment? Will a 4 lb Chihuahua get lost in your mansion?

Dogs are able to adapt to just about any living space you put them in, but it’s always good to take into account the amount of space you have before making your final size decision.

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Activity Level:

Are you a hiker or a jogger? Do you want an energetic running partner or someone to hang out on the couch and watch movies with you? A lot of small dogs are more active than giant breeds like St. Bernards and Newfoundlands.

Sporting and hunting dogs like the Labrador Retriever and the Weimaraner are normally the most active of them all, and tend to be in the 40-60lb range.

A great choice for an extremely active owner is a Vizsla or a Weimaraner. While a great choice for a couch potato is a Greyhound

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Travel:

Are you a world traveler? Do you want a dog that can go on adventures and treks across foreign lands with you? If so, size is definitely something to consider before choosing a breed. Not only do you need a large van or SUV to transport giant dogs, or multiple large dogs, but you may also have trouble renting a hotel.

Toy and small breeds are great travel companions as they are able to fly in the cabin of the plane with you, as well as be toted around many places that are inaccessible to large dogs. Small dogs are also much easier to have in hotels.

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Expenses:

The bigger the dog the more they cost. While the purchase price or adoption fee has nothing to do with size, everything else will. Big dogs need big crates, toys, beds, and collars. They also consume more dog food, and when they get sick their meds are more expensive, as are any surgeries they may need.

Children:

If you have small children or want to have children in the future, a larger dog is usually a better choice.

While small dogs can be extremely loving, they are more fragile and can be easily injured by rambunctious children. Small dogs are oftentimes more fearful than large dogs and can resort to aggression to protect themselves more frequently.

Some breeds that are notoriously great with children are Pit Bulls, Labrador Retrievers and St. Bernards.

Child Hugging Dog

Appearance:

Many people simply prefer one size over another. No matter if you prefer a small dog or a giant breed go with what you want. Children can be taught to be gentle with toy breeds, and there are both large and small breeds that are energetic.

While you don’t want to choose a breed based solely on appearance, it’s not bad to take what you like into consideration.

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No matter what size you end up choosing, your dog will be your new best friend. Be sure to check out this article on things you need to know before getting a puppy for more fun facts and things to know before bringing home your new companion.


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