Extra Large Dog
Good things do come in large packages - Extra large dog breed packages. There is
a whole lot of joy packed into those 100 - 200 pound bodies.
- These gentle giants usually have a mild,often comical
- Be prepared
to adjust your budget to their often large appetites. They need high quality foods, low in carbohydrates and
supplements to keep them healthy.
- Life expectancy can range from 8 - 14 years. High quality dog food and
nutritional dog supplements can help extend and add quality to the extra large dog breeds life.
Prepare for some work in the grooming of these giant dog breeds. Your home
bath tub can prove a bit small when attempting to wash these dogs. Consider professional
dog grooming or rent a tub at a self serve dog wash. Many of these are popping up across the country
for those with neither the space or inclination to use their home
- Extra large breed dogs can be prone to some health problems less common in
the small dog breeds and medium size dog breeds. For instance, hip dysplasia is common in
the large dog breeds. Be sure to check the genetic problems common to the dog
breed you choose. If you buy from a
breeder, insist on history and references. Better yet, adopt from a local dog shelter or breed specific dog
rescue group. True, some of these dogs come with their own set of problems but they are already here and need a
home. I think they tend to make the best pets and hey, we all have baggage.
MOST POPULAR EXTRA LARGE DOG
Great Dane - One of the tallest dogs.
Friendly, known as "the gentle giant".
Saint Bernard - Extremely
Rottweiler - Reliable and loving with their
family, very protective.
Mastiff - Gentle with family, excellent with
Bull Mastiff - Good natured, docile and
Newfoundland - Calm and gentle.
Irish Wolfhound - Gentle, also one of the
Akita - Docile, affectionate,
American Bulldog - Loves children, loyal, not
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog - Not aggressive,
loves to please, excellent with children.
Black Russian Terrier - Protective, loves
children, needs to be close to owner.
Bloodhound - Mild-mannered,
lovable, very gentle.
Many of the large dog breeds do quite well in apartments and smaller
spaces as long as they are provided with regular exercise in the form of walks and trips to dog parks.
Many of these big dog breeds also are great with kids and love to play and romp with them, often
seeing themselves as one of the kids.
A large dog breed will require equipment tailored to their size; large dog feeding bowls,
beds and large dog toys. A good quality food for large breed dogs is a necessity,
one with premium ingredients. Quality supplements added to the large dog breed diet will help to keep
him active and healthy.
When considering dog adoptions and deciding which of the big dog breeds to
add to your family, check out some of the dog rescue organizations specific to the breeds you are
interested in. They will help you to decide which are good
dog breeds for children, which are best dog breeds for your lifestyle and answer any questions you may
have. These dog rescue shelters are there for the benefit of the dog
and they want to make sure the match-up between the dog and it's new guardian is a successful
one for all involved. You can find the dog rescue
groups through your local yellow pages, through local Vets and on-line by searching under the breed name
and adding your state and the words "rescue groups".
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