Some people are cat people. Some people are dog people. Some people can’t have pets or don’t like them. If you’re reading this, you probably like dogs, and we do too. Here at Tailwaggers Country Inn, we take in all sorts of dogs— all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. A lot of people have small dogs– some of which are small enough to fit into a purse! Others have really big dogs, which some kids consider to be “horse-like,” and they even attempt to ride ‘em like you would a horse.
Owning a big dog is an experience like no other– the bigger the dog, the more heads will turn when you’re out walking your pet in your neighborhood. Big dogs do stand out in a crowd… because of their impressive stature. Some might say they’re imposing. Others might say they’re “more to love.” However you describe big dogs, know this: there are some myths about owning big dogs, which may or may not be true.
They Need More Exercise
Take, for example, “Well, they’re big so they must need a lot of exercise.” A dog’s size doesn’t determine how much exercise they need– rather, it’s about their breed and their weight. Some dogs have been bred to move a lot, like herding dogs, collies, and Australian shepherds. Others, like adult Great Danes, don’t need as much exercise time– they can be good with 30 minutes a day.
Big Dogs Are Dangerous for Children
Next, there’s the classic, “Big dogs are dangerous around kids!” Umm… no. Big dogs are often super friendly around kids. They can be “gentle giants” who also want to protect their caregivers. A related myth is that big dogs always want to dominate wherever they go. Do they want to dominate other dogs as well as humans? Nope. Dominance tends to come from being male and unneutered, which can apply to any breed and size.
More Difficult to Train
How about this one: “Big dogs are harder to train.” Not necessarily– instead of saying “harder,” you might consider that they just need special attention paid to “obedience” training since they’re naturally stronger because of their size.
They’re More Prone to Health Issues
Finally, there’s the myth that big dogs are more prone to having health problems because of their size. While some bigger dogs do experience joint problems and live shorter lives than smaller ones, in general the main reason dogs might have health issues comes down to breeding! Pure-bred dogs carry with them certain hereditary traits (spinal issues/breathing problems) that rank them higher for health problems than, say, mixed breeds.