Should I Get a Small Dog or a Big Dog?
I don't know any dog owners
that do not just love the dog that they have. There is so much
variety in the different breeds and sizes of dogs that sometimes it
might be a little difficult to pick out the one that is best for you
and your family. Not only do you need to consider the personality
of the dog, you also need to consider other things. Some of these
things are the size of your home, the age of your children, and how
much room you have for the dog to run. Here is a short guide that
will help you to get started on your decision of whether you get a
small dog or a big dog.
The first thing that you
need to consider is your own personal preference. I know some
people that would never own a small dog and then again I know other
people that would not do well with a large dog. Sometimes it is the
size of the dog that dictates its personality. A smaller dog will
tend to act more like you would expect a larger dog to act. While
this isn't true in every case, most small dogs that I have ever
owned have a Napoleon's complex and feel that they need to be the
big dog on the block. Then again, you might get a large dog, such
as a Labrador, and find that they are the mildest and most docile
creature that you could ever own.
The next thing that you will
need to consider is which dog is best for your family. Many people
that own large dogs and have small children find that it works just
perfectly. But if you have a dog that needs a lot of exercise and
is not able to get enough then it may cause some problems. Not that
the dog would intentionally hurt your children, but you also do not
want them knocked down by a large dog that is running through the
house at top speed. You also would not want to have a small dog
that belongs to a breed with a reputation of being overly
protective. This could cause problems and you may even find that
the dog is snapping at the children.
You also need to consider
your surroundings and the size of your home. It would be an unkind
thing if you were to get a large active dog and keep them cramped up
in an apartment all the time. If you would like to have a dog
companion and you live in an apartment where the dog can not get
exercise there are some breeds that are specifically meant for those
types of conditions. If you have room for a dog to run then a large
active breed might be perfect for you.
Of course these are just
general guidelines. You will need to make the decision on your own,
according to your own personal preferences. One thing is for
certain, however, and that is that the dog that you get will need to
have a lot of love from you. Large, small or somewhere in between,
every dog needs a home.