Everybody loves a Lab, Great Dane, or Bull Mastiff, but not everybody is prepared for the work you must put into owning a large breed dog. The bigger the dog, the more responsibility and the more cost. Large breed dogs have needs and as their loving owner you want to do everything in your power to have a happy, healthy pet.
Even small things like the type of dog bowl you use can play a role in the health of your pet. A raised dog dish is recommended for larger breeds to help keep their back from aching.
Something you will notice quickly as an owner of a large breed is that stairs are not a dog's best friend and as they age stairs can become a painful endeavor. Our pets cannot tell us with words when they are in pain and often act happy and hyper no matter what. So it's important to look out for your pet's needs before they are whining in agony because of crippling arthritis down the line.
It's important to have proper joint care throughout a dog's life time. The bed your best friend sleeps on should be supportive and comfortable.
Keeping your dogs as downstairs pets can work well for older pets who have trouble making it to the second floor.
Also, there are great supplements that contain glucosamine . The diet you feed your furry friend has long term effects on your large breed's joint health. So, well balanced nutrition is key.
Training is necessary whether your pup is large or small. A dog with a bite like a Rottie should be taught to be on his or her best behavior, especially around children. Investing time in your dog's training is essential.
The cost of food is greater with large breeds. Grooming costs also jump up accordingly.
Big dogs require a lot of love and attention, be the best pet parent you can be!