Large dogs such as Great Danes, St. Bernards, Bernese Mountain Dogs and Newfoundlands aren’t just XL when it comes to their height of over 24 in (60 cm). Their hearts are XL with love for their two-legged friends. Scroll down to the end of this article for a complete list of large dogs.
Large Dogs Facts
Size: at least 24 in (60 cm)
Weight: 55-110 lb (25-50 kg)
Lifespan: 9-12 years
What Pros and Cons Are There for Large Dogs?
- Space needed: large bed
Of course, large dogs need space for a large dog bed. Apart from that, large but calm, even-tempered dogs can be happy in a smaller home. You can find out more in the article “Dogs that are Suitable for Your Home”.
- Outdoors: not so easy
Simply pick up your pooch or put it in the car in a dog crate. No problem with small dogs. But you’ll need to be better prepared with larger dogs.
- Weight: too much to carry
St. Bernards, Great Danes and Newfoundlands can weigh 154-198 lb (70-90 kg). So, these dogs are definitely too heavy to carry. If they get sick and can’t walk, you’ll need at least four hands. And if a big dog like that pulls at the leash, you have no chance of holding on. That’s why proper training is especially important for larger dogs.
- Family: handle with care
Despite, or maybe because of their big hearts, large dogs can be boisterous. And they can move a little clumsily in small spaces. This isn’t ideal in homes with small children, who could get hurt.
- Health: age faster
Larger dogs grow very fast and, sadly, age faster. Their life expectancy is considerably shorter than that of smaller dogs. In addition to typical illnesses such as hip and elbow problems, they can also suffer from disc prolapse and heart defects.
- Costs: more expensive
A big dog eats more than a small dog. Logically, this means that food is more expensive. Other equipment will also need more investment.
- Effect: at arm’s length
Most people have respect for large dogs. Instead of walking up to them and petting them, they prefer to stay at a distance. This can also be a good thing, especially if you like to feel protected.