what dogs do you prefer ?small one or big dog ?
• Defiance, Ohio
8 Feb 07
I prefer small dogs. I have a disability in my leg. Plus, if it would ever turn on me. I can kick if off me. Alot easier than a larger dog. I can handle a small dog on a leash. A large or medium dog I could not with my leg the way it is. If you are not sure. Than I suggest not getting a dog until you are really sure what you want. And that you are ready for the responsiblity. A dog is just like a child when it comes to responsiblities.
8 Feb 07
Although I prefer big dogs, they do need more space, often more activity and of course, thinking about the financial part, tend to be more expensive to feed etc. For people that live in the city, in small apartments , that have a busy life and not as much time to go for long walks etc, a smaller dog is usually the best choice. People that living in more open spaces, have an bigger choice in terms of size , space and activity level. In the end, big or small, dogs are wonderful companions:)
8 Feb 07
I believe it totally depends not only on where you live, but what your lifestyle is. People have already mentioned the apartment vs. house issue, etc. - smaller dogs being better in an apartment. But there's also a breed issue, where certain breeds do better if you're at work half the day and certain breeds need a lot more attention, etc. I think the best thing to do is look at a few breeds that really seem interesting to you, and do some real serious research on them - there are often american associations for specific breeds, and you'll be able to find out about their temperment, what type of behaviour they have, how hyper they are etc. that way.
• United States
8 Feb 07
I prefer medium-size dogs because they are big enough for the kids to play with without harming the dog, and small enough to cuddle. It really depends on a lot of things which dog is right for you. Larger dogs do tend to be more affectionate but can be powerful and energetic and need good obedience training to keep them under control. Big dogs need more room to run and play, so if you live in an apartment they may not be the best choice. Little dogs and toy breed do tend to be more temperamental, one-person dogs, but if you live alone and don't have a lot of space they can be good pets. If you have children, or the dog will be around children, some breeds are generally more fond of children, and some don't care for them at all. Different breeds of dogs have different needs and personality types. Visit the Humane Society website, they have lots of information on the different breeds, or talk to a veterinarian. Personally, I recommend mixed breed dogs. They usually have more even temperaments than purebred dogs, and the best qualities of the dominant breed in their mix. It can be hard to tell what size they may grow to, though, if you get them as puppies. We have a chihuahua mix that weighs 32 pounds! Don't get a puppy from a pet store, they usually come from puppy mills and may not have been checked for possible genetic defects or health problems. If you want a purebred dog, buy from a reputable dog breeder.