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 dogs 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? If you’re considering buying a dog in the future, below are some things to consider.
Big dogs are more emotionally stable
Yep, that’s right. 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.
Big dogs are child-friendly
And have huge hearts. They just love to love.
Overall, big dogs tolerate rough play and yelling better, too.
Here’s a list of the best big dogs for families. A dog can be a kid’s best friend.
Big dogs are trainable
We all know this is key. Everyone wants a well-behaved dog.
You can teach them to play with you, protect you, and straight up love you and your family. Big dogs tend to get attached to their owner/owners and can easily be trained. Some breeds are easier to train than others, but all-in-all big dogs are easier to train than smaller ones.
Big dogs are less barky than small dogs
Don’t get us wrong, little dogs without a doubt deserve love too. Brett Hodges, 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.’”
Regardless, a furry friend is a furry friend.
Show some extra love to your dog today. And if you’re in the market, this study might help you decide which dog is best for you.
– Stephanie Annon