Dogs come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are small, and some are large. No matter what size the dog, there are always going to be stereotypes and myths associated with the different sizes. Some of these myths are good, and some are bad.
When it comes to large dogs, there are plenty of myths out there that need to be debunked. The following are six common myths about owning a large dog.
Myth #1: They’re mean.
Some people believe that all large dogs are mean, but this is simply not true. There are plenty of large dogs out there that are considered big sissies, and as long as they’re raised right, all large dogs would rather play with (or be lazy with) their owners than acting out. Aggression in dogs comes from how the dog was trained and raised, not what breed the dog is.
Myth #2: They require too much maintenance.
Larger dogs do not require more maintenance than a smaller dog. Some large dogs have short fur, so there is no need for expensive grooming or haircuts. Other large dogs, such as the Portuguese Water Dog, are considered hypoallergenic, so they don’t shed, alleviating the need for constant vacuuming and dusting.
Myth #3: They’re too active.
The energy level of a dog has nothing to do with their size. Larger dogs do not run around more than smaller dogs. In fact, Great Danes are known as one of the laziest dog breeds in the world, as they would rather curl up on the couch with their owner instead of run around the yard or dog park.
Myth #4: They require more exercise.
There’s no rule that says a larger dog needs more exercise than a smaller dog. The amount of exercise a dog needs depends on their breed, not their size. In fact, bulldogs are prone to respiratory problems, so too much exercise is actually a bad thing for this breed. On the other hand, dachshunds are prone to obesity, and because of this, they require a large amount of exercise. If you’re not into exercising, you can still own a larger dog.
Myth #5: They’re prone to more injuries.
Some people believe that larger dogs are more prone to injury than smaller dogs. For this reason, many people opt to own a smaller dog in belief that the dog will not have expensive medical bills. Some larger dogs are prone to hip, knee or back injuries, but not all large dogs are. It’s unfair to categorize all large dogs under one stereotype, especially when some smaller dog breeds are just as prone to injury.
Myth #6: They’re more expensive.
Yes, certain items for larger dog breeds will be more expensive than those for smaller dog breeds. For example, flea and tick medication based on weight will be more expensive for larger dogs. But owning a larger dog doesn’t mean that you’ll be forking over hundred more for your dog than you would if you had a smaller dog. There are plenty of ways to save money on vet care, food and other necessities to make owning a large dog cost effective.