Survival guide for giant dogs

Some people prefer little fur ball dogs that sit on your lap. Other people favor giant dogs that give big slobbery kisses and are capable of putting their paws on your shoulders. When talking about giants, I’m thinking about David and Goliath when comparing.

There’s a big difference in size between them both and people are often confused between large and giant dogs. Here’s my point, giants are more often than not bigger than humans. Giant dogs are huge – period!

A giant dogs blueprint

Allow me to open your eyes to the world of giant dogs. It is generally agreed that there is no ideal weight or height for giant dogs. However, to give respect to giants, their weight should at least be over 45kg and their heights ought to range between 30 and 42 inches.

Some giants are more active than others, but overall most of them need less exercise than other breeds. If you don’t train these dogs from a puppy to walk to heel, they will take you for a walk or a run!

Giants are good eaters, they can eat a lot more than any other dog type.

Giants can take much longer to mature than smaller breeds regardless of their rapid growth from a puppy.

Puppies born from giant dogs are often more clumsy than smaller dogs as they mature into adulthood.

Most of these giant dogs are gentle, loyal, loving and friendly.

As a result of their size, they are often seen as protectors and some people will fear them even though they’re gentle giants.

The bigger dog is not as welcomed at dog parks or beaches etc, partly because some dog owners are unsure what to expect from a dog of this size.

Some owners believe they live well in apartments; however, the size of your apartment can only make that call.

Bear in mind, giant dogs in a small living area could result in a destroyed home and they really need a garden to play and relax in.

As with any dog but more so giants, they’re best trained from a puppy.

Before buying a dog of any kind, consider your lifestyle as to which dog you should choose. Remember, if you buy a puppy born from a giant dog, that puppy is going to grow big.

If you are thinking about buying a dog, be very scrupulous where you buy your companion. There are some extremely indiscriminate dog breeders out there who have carelessly over bred.

If any dog has been carelessly bred, they can become unstable, temperamental and unhealthy. Often, you won’t realize there’s a problem until you’re home or had the dog for a few weeks.

As with all dogs bills can be high, particularly with giant dogs. To see what’s involved check out our very informative article on Interesting facts for dogs – The new owners guide, it includes everything you need to know.

Giants may have health problems especially as they become older. They are prone to hip dysplasia, arthritis, osteosarcoma, bone and cartilage diseases. Giant’s do not live as long as smaller size dogs, usually around six to ten years.

If you’re unsure about owning a giant dog go to ‘Discovering the best dog breed for you‘ to start another search.


If you’re certain giant dogs are for you, then checkout ‘Comparing towering giant dog breeds.

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Jennifer Pitts

Jennifer Pitts

I love pets and I love animals. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats and it's not enough for me.

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