5 Reasons Why Big Dogs are the Best

Dogs are a man’s best friend. They offer companionship, unconditional love, and plenty of cuddles. Although there isn’t any one breed of dog that is superior to the rest, there seems to be two communities of dog lovers; one group that prefers large breeds, and a second group that prefers small breeds. These two groups often overlap to a degree; after all, dog lovers usually just love dogs in general. But there are plenty of individuals who only like small dogs, and individuals who only like big dogs.

There may be advantages to both small and large breed dogs. A lot of these advantages are similar, because dogs in general are just great. But - spoiler alert - I’m partial to the large breeds. And here are 5 reasons why:

Training and guarding

They’re great guard dogs. I’m not saying that you should get a large dog just to patrol your home, but large dogs are much more likely to frighten off an intruder than a small dog. If you see a German Shepherd heading towards you, you’re going to be more likely to run off than if a chihuahua starts yapping at your heels. So, if one of your reasons for getting a dog was for security and companionship, a large dog might suit your needs better.

Large dogs are also easier to train. This may be less of an issue with the dogs themselves, but with the owners. Small dogs tend to get less training than a large dog, because they can be held and easily “controlled.” This isn’t to say that little dogs can’t be trained, but it’s much more important for a large dog to understand and heed basic commands from the whole family. Once a large dog is sufficiently trained, it’s a great asset for your home. After all, most large dogs have been historically bred to work with humans, and to help get work done, or to guard and protect.

Large dogs are more sensitive

True service dogs are always large breed dogs. Emotional Service Animals can be a wide variety of animals, although they’re still found to be the most effective when they’re large breed dogs. The reason that large breed dogs are better service dogs is because they’re capable of doing more than a small dog can do. Service dogs can physically block you and others, can calm your body during a seizure, and because they’re more effective as a service dog, they’re generally better accepted as a service dog by the public.

It would make sense that a large dog would be able to give more comfort than a smaller dog. Imagine having a long, hard day, and coming home to cuddle your dog. If you have a large Saint Bernard, you’ll be cuddling against something large and soft, like a loving pillow. Coming home to cuddle your Maltese is also enjoyable, but it lacks the feeling of being surrounded by comfort like cuddling a large dog gives you.

Less health problems

Out of the ten healthiest dog breeds (Australian Cattle Dog, Foxhound, German Shorthaired Pointer, Border Collie, Chihuahua, Havanese, Australian Shepherd, Poodle, Mixed breeds, and Siberian Husky) only two of the dogs on the list are small breed dogs, and the rest are large breed dogs. Although no dog is without health problems for the full duration of their life, having a dog with less health problems means less vet bills and less heartache. While this is largely in part due to the genetic makeup of the breed, it could also be because larger dogs are more willing to exercise and therefore live healthier lifestyles.

Speaking of healthy lifestyles, most of us forget that the mental health of your animal is important too. Small dogs are over twice as likely to suffer from anxiety, which can make things like moving or traveling out of town a nightmare.

They make less noise

Yes, a large dog is going to have a bark that’s much more substantial than a small dog. But they tend to bark less often and aren’t provoked as easily. In addition, they often calm down a lot quicker. If the postman knocks on your door, a large dog will often bark just a few times to announce their presence and then quiet down, if they even bark at all. Small dogs will bark and bark even after you’ve opened the door and the postman has left.

They’re less picky with their diets

Small dogs are more likely to refuse certain types of foods. And if you adopt your dog when they’re no longer a puppy, a small dog generally needs to stay on the same food that they were raised on, to keep their digestive system healthy. Big dogs are just happy to eat whatever you give to them, and their bodies can handle it. This means that a large dog is also a lot less likely to receive considerable harm if they eat something that’s toxic to dogs, such as chocolate.

If you’re a small-dog lover, I’m absolutely not opposed to hearing your rebuttal to the large-dog argument. Share the reasons you love your small dog below. And to the rest of you large-dog lovers, what’s your favorite thing about having a bigger animal around?
Annmarie John


  1. You are preaching and al of the above and than some is why we have a large golden retriever dog here in our home with our dog, Elsa :)

  2. Awww, I'm crying. This made me miss my Maverick, my gentle giant so much.

    He truly was the best dog. He was ENORMOUS! I often told my husband if it weren't for Maverick only having three legs, I would have never gotten a large dog. I figured I could control a 3-legged dog a bit more than a 4-legged dog. lol

    He was so good and so quiet (this dog barked less than once a month) but that bark would scare away anyone with wrong intentions.

    Thanks for sharing these insights my friend. Maybe one day my heart will be healed enough to get another dog.

  3. We have to doxies. They're small, but they act a lot like big dogs. They're not too yappy, thank goodness.

  4. We have a little guy now, and he does pretty well. I've had big dogs in the past, and you're pretty spot on with this assessment.

  5. My family dog passed a few years ago at the age of 14. I lost a real family member. I'm definitely ready for another.

  6. I have never owned a dog, I move country to often, but my neighbours have a dog and I love playing with her.

  7. We have a little chihuahua but we used to have an over-sized yellow lab and we adored her. I am good with any size but I agree that big dogs seem to be more sensitive to their humans.

  8. those are awesome reasons why big dogs are amazing and are the best! It's funny that they're more gentle,, I guess it's because they don't have to prove their toughness ; )
    thanks for sharing, I'll keep this in mind when I get a dog!

  9. This is such a great post. As the owner of a 4 pound Yorkie, I can attest this list appears to be correct!

  10. I loved reading this post!!! I also prefer larger dogs! The most amazing fur baby we ever had was a chocolate lab.... Shell

  11. I love dogs. Unfortunately, living downtown Paris I can't have a big dog :'( I'm sure my twins would love to though :)

  12. Loved this post!! We have two large breed dogs- a black lab and German shepherd. They're both gentle and loving, and their congeniality surprises most people.

  13. Loooove dogs -- we have a Corgi and although not big still awesome. They are the best thing ever :)

  14. Well we have a medium dog so I can't weigh in much! I also personally liked bigger dogs better. That's just me. There are some advantages to smaller dogs, like they generally live longer (unless they fall off the bed!) and they're more portable with travel.
    That said, I don't know why I'm defending small dogs when I like bigger ones! I think they're all great.

  15. I was unaware of the thing about the health of the large dogs as opposed to the smaller dogs. The only thing I can say is that the smaller dogs that I have had have lasted years longer than the bigger dogs I have had. I guess it also depends on what is considered smaller and larger dogs. I may agree with the training though. Although there have been some irresponsible owners of larger dogs that have made me nervous as well.

  16. You are so right Anne Marie — I have 3 Pitbulls and a Shitzu. I use to have a Yorkie too. I find my 3 Pitbulls are more sensitive, loving, less picky and fun than my smaller dogs.

  17. Awe this is such a cute post! Big and small dogs both hold a special place in my heart.. I grew up with a few Pitbulls and love their sweet soul. I now have a Miniature Pinscher and she is pretty yappy but super sweet.

  18. While I do like dogs, I prefer small tiny ones that i can just pick up and carry around with me. :-)

  19. I don't know if I agree on the LESS noise thing. Our Labradoodle makes WAY more noise than our little Boston Terrier. But I do love a big dog! I feel protected walking a big, powerful dog, vs something small!


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