Size Matters

My mum has very small Jack Russel who, when excited or has just had to sit still to be treated for fleas or have her nails clipped, runs around like the wind! As she is small, this does not disturb anybody, hurt anybody or end with her breaking anything.

If this were a Great Dane, however, the result would be quite different. We would have tables knocked aside, people bowled over and precious memorabilia and knick-knacks smashed. Large dogs need a little more space than small dogs!

Small dogs are easier to handle and cost less to feed and vet bills are usually less, but large breeds are generally more laid back and very often easier to have around friends and family. Perhaps this is because to the large dog, the people and animals they meet don’t look large and intimidating. Just think how big everything must look to a Yorkie, a Daxie or Peke…

A large breed dog needs to be trained for longer than a smaller dog as they tend to mature more slowly. A large dog should be trained for the first 18 months of his life. It would be inefficient training to teach a dog a behaviour, but not continue the training for sufficient time to instil the behaviour properly.

If you are planning on adopting a dog you should, of course, consider your budget. I urge you also to consider the time you will need for your dog. All dogs need exercise and training. In addition to exercise they need some entertainment or activity. All dogs also need grooming to keep them clean. Some need more than others, depending on their coat.

Size does matter in so many ways and large dogs are more difficult to handle, while small dogs can be complex.

Great Dane