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How Do Small And Big Dogs Measure Up Against Each Other?

Smaller Dogs

Smaller breeds of dogs generally live longer and age more slowly. Small and medium-sized dogs can live 15 - 17 years or longer, depending on individual health and living conditions. Certain breeds of small dogs leg Pugs, Pekingese, Maltese, Shih Tzus, Boston Terriers) are quite prone to eyeball prolapse (eyeballs popping out of their sockets).

Smaller dogs are easy to lift and transport, which is good if you do not drive, or there's an emergency. They are easier to manage at the vet's, and during grooming. A toy-breed dog can get its daily exercise by tearing about a flat. So some owners think they don't need to take their dogs out. However, being cooped up all day is very bad for a dog's mental health. Smaller dogs eat less!

Bigger Dogs

Big dogs, especially very large ones (eg Great Danes) may live only 10 years. Medium to big-sized dogs may live 12 - 15 years, depending on individual health and living conditions. Some big dogs are more prone to certain disorders such as hip dysplasia and heart failure.

Bigger dogs must be driven, or a pet taxi called, and most pet taxis do not let owners travel with pets. It can be hard to lift a large dog; managing a difficult one at the vet's or groomer's is tough. But they give you more to hug! A big dog must be taken out for exercise every day. While this can be trying in rainy weather or when the owner is tired, at least the dog gets to leave the house daily. Bigger dogs can wolf down surprising quantities of food.

Don't Run With Small Pets

Cartoons and movies are often to blame for children and even adults having all sorts of ideas about how to play with animals. Scenes of children running through wide fields while a rabbit or kitten plays at their feet may look sweet in an animated series, but in real-life, could spell death for the pet. Because children are particularly fond of running about while playing, and also love to play with animals, families with kids and pets are sometimes cooking a recipe for disaster.

The rule is to not let your child run in any space that has a small pet loose in it. Rabbits, kittens, puppies, toy-breed adult dogs, terrapins, guinea pigs and hamsters either cannot get out of a child's way fast enough, or have finking runs with unpredictable paths. If your child falls down in a field, or has his hand stepped on by another child, he is more likely than not to get up, bruised but otherwise fine.

However, if your child falls onto or steps on a small pet, the animal may never move again. Let children - and playful adults - play with small pets only in limited spaces, without moving carelessly about. If the pets are let out into a garden or fenced run for a few hours, forbid the children to run there. Do not let them chase the pets. If they really want rough-and -tumble playtime with animals, perhaps they should adopt 50kg Rottweilers.


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