Dogs make the perfect companions, but which are the most popular — small or big dogs? A recent RightPet study shows large cuddle buddies are the popularity winners.
Here are a few quick facts on the study:
- Conducted online between 2010 and 2018
- Surveyed dog breed reviews from 12,167 pet owners
- Pet owners were from 106 countries
- 75% of the reviews were of purebred dogs
- 25% were of mixed breeds
And here’s what the study found:
- Both women and men are happier owning big dog breeds rather than small dogs
- Men and younger people prefer big dogs the most
- Older people (around age 70) are equally satisfied with any size dog
- People who own multiple dogs of different sizes prefer big dogs.
Now, on to what you want to know. Why are larger dogs the chosen ones? It could be because big dog breeds most often are the calmest dog breeds and make excellent therapy dogs.
If you’re considering buying or adopting a dog in the future, here are some things to consider.
More emotionally stable
Yep, that’s right; big dog breeds are more emotionally stable. And often, dogs become your comforter when you need them. Not to mention, they make the best cuddle buddies and love to sleep in the bed with you.
Just make sure your sleeping conditions are up to par.
Large dogs have huge hearts. They love to love.
Overall, larger dogs tolerate rough play and yelling better, too.
Big dog breeds are trainable
We all know training is critical. Everyone wants a well-behaved dog.
You can teach them to play with you, protect you, and straight-up love you and your family with high-value treats like Wüfers dog cookie boxes.
Large dogs tend to bond with and get attached to their owners quickly and can easily be trained. Some breeds are easier to train than others, but all-in-all larger dogs are easier to train than smaller ones. Big dogs also make excellent guard dogs.
Less barky than small dogs
Don’t get us wrong, little dogs, without a doubt, deserve love too. Brett Hodges, the owner/editor of RightPet, sums it up well: “People don’t prefer large dogs per se — they like them because, in general, they’re more even-tempered, trainable, and quiet than small dogs — making them ‘best in-home.'”
Popular large dog breeds
Long one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, the Labrador Retriever is easy-going and makes a wonderful family pet. The dogs love to please their owners, and this makes them easy to train. Labradors love to eat, but they tend to gain weight, so be careful not to let your Lab get overweight.
Often confused with either the Alaskan and Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute is a brilliant breed that can be a challenge to handle. They tend to be needy and sensitive and aren’t a good choice for first-time pet owners.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is known for being even-tempered and friendly. They rarely bark and aren’t known for being mean or aggressive. The Bernese Mountain Dog is especially good with children.
The Chow Chow looks like a mixture of a Chinese Shar-pei and a teddy bear. The dogs tend to be hardheaded, obstinate, and stubborn. They aren’t known for being playful or extroverted.
Тhе Great Dаnе is a relaxed and easy-going, but need plenty of exercise. They adore human companionship and are happiest spending time with their owners and families.
The Irish Setter is cheerful, smart, and loyal. They need regular exercise to burn off excess energy and avoid destructive behavior.
The Komondor is a large, muscular dog, easily recognized for its soft, dense coat, which falls in chord-like curls.
Komondors bond with their humans, rarely wander, and make excellent watchdogs.
The Leonberger is a St. Bernard and Newfoundland mix. These gigantic dogs are known for being playful and gentle. But be warned, they are big dogs and typically weigh 90 to 160 pounds.
The Saint Bernard is an intelligent, gentle giant who keeps its playful puppy personality. The dogs were bred to be working dogs and can grow to be very large. Males can grow as big as 30 inches tall and 180 pounds, while females typically are smaller and weigh up to 140 pounds.
The Tibetan Mastiff is an enormous dog with a booming bark. The dogs need experienced owners who can control a dominant dog. Despite their size, the dogs are agile and athletic.
The Afghan Hound is a sighthound that was originally bred to hunt by sight. The dogs can creep up swiftly and silently, before running down their prey.
The Irish Wolfhound is a giant dog that was originally bred to hunt by sight. Despite their size, these big dogs can run down their prey by creeping up swiftly and silently.
These big working dogs were originally bred to herd sheep. The Great Pyrenees is a nimble-footed breed that is territorial and protective. The dogs also are nocturnal and have a keen sense of hearing.
Choose the dog that’s right for you
Regardless, a furry friend is a furry friend.
But if you’re considering getting a big dog, consider some of these popular big dogs.
Show some extra love to your giant dog today. And if you’re in the market, do your research to determine which dog is best for you.
– Stephanie Annon