Small vs. Large Dog Breeds— a General Comparison for the Soon-to-Be Pet Owner

Posted January 15, 2021 by in Lifestyle

Heart wins over size, right? Well, with dogs, it’s not always the case, since most things depend on personal preferences. If you’re planning on adopting or getting a dog, you aren’t probably 100% fixed on a particular breed. That’s entirely natural. Pretty much everyone has their doubts when picking their four-legged friend. There are so many breeds out there and almost every single pup out there has unique characteristics, whether visual or behaviour that we just can’t get over with. But there are general differences between small and large dog breeds.

Let’s compare small vs large dogs breeds so you can find the perfect pup for you and your family:

What Are the Pros of Having a Small Dog?

In general, small breed dogs are more popular, not just in a particular country, but all over the world as well. But what are the main pros of having a small dog?

  • Lower costs – you probably don’t need to much explanation to understand why living with a small dog is cheaper than when you have a large one. Food, grooming supplies, vet check-ups and almost any procedure that you can think of costs less because, well, there’s less dog to take care of. Factor in lower travel costs as well.
  • More manageable grooming – if you have a large dog with a lot of hair, it can be very hard to groom them. It’s less work to cut hair, to bathe, to brush and to do all that stuff. You also might have an easier time finding the right tools, like the best dog nail grinder for small dogs for example. 
  • They’re usually less active – when you live a mildly active lifestyle or don’t like exercise too much, getting a small dog is the right thing to do. Even though they do need daily walks, smaller breeds are much less demanding in terms of playing exercise and things of that nature. They’re better as apartment dogs.
  • Better in limited space – if you live in an apartment or a house that isn’t mega-spacious, you should definitely prefer smaller breeds because bigger ones can feel down or even depressed, even if there isn’t any space.  

What Are the Pros of Having a Large Dog?

There are a lot of pros to having a large dog. Here are the most important ones:

  • Much more appeaseable and trainable – it’s almost a rule that large dogs are more gentle, loving and trainable when compared to their smaller counterparts. However, this is true often, but not 100% of the time. Smaller dogs can be more aggressive when they feel stressed (e.g. when they want food or attention). You can easily teach and train a larger breed to obey your commands and be a better family friend. Find more here about the best large breeds to bring home.
  • Snuggling – if you want someone to get cosy next to, then you definitely want a Labrador, a Shepherd, a Samoyed or someone of that nature. There’s just more dog to snuggle with!
  • Protection – a smaller dog won’t bring much to the table in terms of guarding and protection. Thus, if you have a motorcycle parked outside or you just want to keep your property safe from various strangers and wrongdoers, a large breed is much more suitable.
  • Family dogs – since smaller dogs usually have more challenging personalities, they’re not always super friendly and fun next to kids or guests. Larger dogs are usually much more reserved and welcome guests better whilst being super protective and cosy next to kids.

All in all, there is no right or wrong choice when picking a dog. There are just certain character traits and unique features that make smaller or larger breeds better for your current situation.

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