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If you own one of the large dog breeds it is important to always keep in mind they are very intimidating dogs. If you are out walking the dog in public do not be surprised if people shy away from you two when they see you coming. Some people simply dislike dogs while others are going to show concern at the approach of a two hundred pound dog. This is especially true if they have children with them or are walking their dog. Don’t take offense by this reaction as it is just normal and should be something any potential large dog owner considers when opting for one of these breeds.
To keep the peace in your neighborhood, never allow a large dog to run free. I can assure you the police will be showing up asking you to please leash the dog or bring him inside.
Owning a large dog breed does mean more responsibility on the owner’s part but these wonderful canines also offer several unique qualities the rest of the canine world does not.
Do you own a large dog? Please relate your stories to our readers.
We had a Rottweiler, and he was one of the sweetest dogs that you would have ever met. We had zero issues with him being aggressive, and he was great around the kids. It’s so sad that large dogs have such an awful stigma- hopefully that starts to change soon.
Ive had 2 danes.They were by far the sweetest most loving,mushiest couch potatos Ive had.my kids were their bros and sisters and would never hurt any of the many children that came to play.If you dont have the time or money to train,walk and play please dont buy one.they get very depressed when their familys arent home with them and show them alot of affection.I have a sweet little mix I rescued an d I love her with all my heart but my boys are alwways in my heart as well
I understand the need to educate people about large breed dogs. I would also encourage your writers to consider writing about smaller breeds and potential of harming others. I have known many large breed dogs and owners as well as smaller breeds. I believe the potential of any breed harming people and children is always there. Throughout my life, I have observed more smaller breeds than large breeds to engage in aggression, especially children. I understand that large dogs have the potential to do more harm due to their size and strength, however, we all need to educate others about all dog breeds in general, not just single out specific breeds.
Danielle Marrie Dickersonsays:
We have 3 English matiffs n 1 great dane. My husband is 6’11’. Why this is important? These pups make him feel normal. I am 5’3″ n was very hesitant.I thought I would not be able to deal with them, one yet alone 3 n now 4. Our kids, 8 of them are having a great childhood growing up w these guys. The dogs are all so loving and patient. They are protective but not in an overbearing way. They will stand between the kids n the “stranger”. Chaos, Karma, & Ditto are our slobber bobbers, mastiffs. Now they are nearly 2. We got them when they were 7 days old.bottle fed and trained ourselves. Persephonie is our Dane. She was adopted at 13 months now 26 months . She is the little man of the family and definitely the most hyper. Karma is mom, always watching n protecting. Chaos is the 230lb lap dog lazy and loving. Ditto is the antagonist. 4 big pups I thought it would be a horrid decision but now they have their places I’m the family just like each of our kids