When it comes to choosing the breed to adopt or buy, the dog’s size will be especially important and should not be taken lightly to ensure the comfort of the dog and your family. Will your new dog have enough space in your home? Will it fit in your vehicle? Is there a risk that it could knock over young children? Do you want to snuggle with your dog at night? These are probably some of the many questions you are asking yourself.
Be careful though! There are many misconceptions when it comes to the size of dogs. In fact, many larger breeds will do great with children while smaller ones might not feel comfortable with them or will not tolerate them. In the same vein, largest breeds are often not highly active and will not necessarily need a big yard nor a lot of playtime when some smaller breeds will. Make sure to take every aspect into consideration before making a decision.
One thing that is sure is that a dog owner should check how the pet will fit in the family budget and size plays an important role when it comes to finances. In fact, a bigger dog often means more expensive supplies, preventive medical care, food, grooming rates (compared to a smaller dog with a similar coat), etc. Click on the images below to see the cost of each breed, read opinions from veterinarians, a dog trainer, a professional groomer, as well as a dog walker and try our cost calculator to have a close estimate as to how much your dog will cost you.