Caring for a larger dog

by Vivien Richardson on April 12, 2011

dog-beds-for-large-dogsA large dog can be a fantastic addition to a family but there are a few things to consider before making your decision to get one. Large dog breeds are classified as weighing 50 pounds or more, while large to medium breeds range between 35 to 65 pounds. Compared to smaller dogs, they demand significantly more time and effort from their owners to keep them bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Although some large breeds can live in small spaces you should think about the size of your home and how feasible it will be to accommodate this type of dog. It is important to keep your pet entertained and bear in mind that when bored, a dog tends to get up to mischief, such as chewing your favourite pair of shoes! If you intend to take your pooch for a daily morning run with you before work, space might not be an issue. On the other hand, if you can’t exercise it easily you at least need a big enough garden for them to run around in.

After an exhausting day your pup will want to settle down and drift off to slumberland in a good dog bed. Dog beds for large dogs are available from many retailers in a variety of shapes and sizes. Opt for a bed to suit your home; for example, a corner bed can fit in a corner of a room out of the way while giving your furry friend lots of room to stretch out and relax. Take your pick from a dog cot, donut, bagel, circular or oblong variety.

Finally, you must take into account the expense associated with taking care of a large breed dog, who tend have big appetites and so require more food. Big dog beds and toys cost more money, as does grooming. You must also be prepared to invest a great deal of time in your pup on brushing, bathing and exercising that tend to be very time consuming.

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