Big dogs can be a large amount of fun as well. While these larger breeds have their own special needs, especially in terms of space, they do provide a warm, loving pet that you and your family will love. While most big dogs are gentle, you will need to get the right breed to make sure that they are suitable for your children.
However, big dogs do come with some drawbacks as they tend to live fewer years than smaller breeds and while they may be gentle, it’s rather easy for them to accidentally knock over or even hurt a small child so you need to be careful.
Bigger Breeds of Dogs
There are numerous large breeds of dogs, but what follows are the five that arguably are the best suited for the home. Each of these dogs carries with them their own advantages.
Great Dane: The classic Great Dane we know from the Marmaduke comics are nearly as large and clumsy as the cartoon suggests. Great Danes are easily trainable, very gentle and need little grooming.
Newfoundland: It may seem more like a bear than a dog, but the Newfoundland is arguably the gentlest of giants. They were bred to swim and even rescue people from drowning, making them even more adorable.
Irish Wolfhound: One of the nicest and the tallest of breeds, the Irish Wolfhound use its sharp eyesight to hunt and are wonderful with larger children. You will need plenty of space however as they don’t do well in cramped interiors.
Swiss Mountain Dogs: There are four different varieties of Swiss Mountain dogs and all of them are big and gentle. They need good training, but otherwise are well suited for families with larger children.
Saint Bernard: The classic large dog, the Saint Bernard is a very burley, heavy animal that is very gentle as well. In fact, their breeding was to rescue and take care of people trapped in the snow. However, keep them away from babies and toddlers because despite their gentle nature, their sheer weight can be problematic.
Dogs for those with Allergies
Hypoallergenic dogs can be a real blessing for those who suffer from allergies. While no dog is 100% free of causing allergies, there are many breeds that shed far less fur and dander which makes them perfect for those who are allergic. Such dogs will need to be kept on a tight grooming schedule however.
What follows are just some of the dog breeds that are considered hypoallergenic;
- Basenji, Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise
- Border Terrier, Chinese Crested, Coton de Tulear
- Havanese, Irish Water Spanial, Kerry Blue Terrier
- Maltese, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Puli
- Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- Xoloitzcuintli and Yorkshire Terrier
You can also get a mixed breed of dog that combines different elements which make them hypoallergenic such as Goldendoodles and Labradoodles that are combinations of Labrador retrievers and Golden retrievers with poodles.
Remember to vacuum your home frequently, especially after grooming your dog and perhaps an air purifier will take care of most airborne dander.