What Size Dog Should I Get? Miniature, Standard, Giant?
When considering dog ownership, many different questions come to mind. One of the most important things to consider is what size dog you would like to adopt or purchase. While some may consider it to be as easy as picking the cutest dog or the largest, there are several factors to consider before just grabbing up any dog.
For less physically strong owners, who can’t lift heavy weights or control a larger dog while they are on a leash, a miniature dog is the way to go. Say you’re a smaller person or someone who can’t lift heavy objects and your large dog gets sick. There’ll be no way for you to carry the dog to your vehicle to bring them to the veterinarian’s office.
A miniature or standard dog may be all you’re allowed to have in your current living situation. Many landlords and homeowner’s associations do not allow tenants to own dogs over a certain size, for fear of property damage. Be sure to check into your rental or homeowner’s agreement before bringing home a dog that you will eventually have to take back.
The fiscally conscious dog owner should also shy away from adopting or purchasing a giant dog, for the simple fact that larger dogs eat more and require more disposable income in order to keep up with their food demands. In addition, collars and beds, as well as various other supplies, tend to cost more when being purchased for larger dogs as opposed to smaller ones.
One common misconception is that the bigger your dog is, the more space they will require. This is false, as the dog’s size has little to do with their space necessities. In reality, the more energetic the dog is, the more space they will need. Many giant dogs are lethargic and don’t move around much, while plenty of miniature and standard dogs bounce off the walls all day long, filled with playful energy. Bigger dogs will require a bit more space, as simple actions like tail wagging can cause damage in smaller spaces.
Choosing the right size dog has just as much to do with your personality and living situation as any other factor. If you’re a homebody who likes to curl up with a good book, a smaller dog is the choice for you. For the adventurous types who like to take their dog out for hikes and other physical activities, a standard or giant dog is what the doctor ordered.
The climate where you live is important as well. While you may have your heart set on a small dog you can carry around, they struggle to keep themselves warm and will need more attention from you keep them safe from freezing to death.
When choosing a new dog, be sure to consider all of these important factors and don’t pick a dog based on how cute of a puppy it is. Puppies become full grown dogs faster than you can blink and change even the best laid plans.