Choosing a Dog: Small or Large Breed
You take a trip to the shelter and suddenly you’re thinking of a having a new addition to your family, but how do you know which dog is most suitable for your household? With so many great dogs to choose from, the first thing you can do is to narrow it down to either bringing home a larger breed or a smaller breed do.
Dog breeds play a huge factor on their temperament and personality. Typically, larger dog breeds are much more active than smaller breeds, but this is not always the case. There are dogs such as huskies who are highly energetic and mastiffs who are on the more mellow side. However there are a few things to consider when choosing between a small and large breed dog:
Indoor or Outdoor dog -
If you’re thinking of keeping your dog mainly indoors, a smaller breed such as a chihuahua, pugs and dachshunds will be perfect indoor pups. Smaller dogs have a larger surface area to volume ratio, which means that they are more susceptible to cold weather. If you’re thinking of having an outdoor dog, larger dogs will do better outdoors in extreme weather conditions. Your backyard should have enough room for the pooch to explore and play.
If you don’t have the option of keeping your dog outdoors, you’d have to use your judgement on whether or not your dog has enough space to roam around in the house. If you live in an apartment, and space is limited, you might want to consider getting a small breed. (If your apartment building is dog friendly, of course.) You’re going to need space for them to eat, sleep, and play.
This is an obvious one, but larger dog breeds will require more food than smaller breeds. They need to be fed larger portions. This means that you will be spending more money buying dog food than you will with smaller breeds.
Accessibility to dog parks -
Dog parks are a great way to for them to socialize and run around with other pups! It gives them a chance to get their exercise for the day, which is perfect for active dogs! Check if you have local dog parks nearby. If they are close in vicinity and easily accessible, having an active dog will be fit for this.
Taking them around -
Both small and large breeds make such great companions, especially if you want to take them places! If you’re looking for a pooch to put in your purse, or a lapdog to sit around with while you Netflix, a smaller dog breed would be most suitable for this. If you’re looking for a service dog, larger breeds will do great in assisting with daily routines.
Whether you are choosing between the 100 pound labrador or the stubby legged dachshund mix, be sure to use your best judgement on how much attention and space the dog will need!