Schertz Animal Hospital’s Blog
Tea Cup Vs. Giant Dog Breeds: The Right Choice May Go Beyond Personal Preferences
For many dog owners and lovers, all dogs are created equal. They are all adorable, wonderful, and deserving of loving, forever homes.
Unfortunately, a significant percentage of canine adoptions happen sort of haphazardly. Prospective dog owners may be talked into adoption by well-meaning family members or friends. But without extensive research or consideration, certain dog breeds may not be right for your specific situation.
Whether pint-sized or king-sized, it’s essential to find the right match for you, your family, and your lifestyle.
The size of dog breed you choose has a direct impact on your wallet. Big dogs obviously require more sustenance than their smaller counterparts, but the cost analysis must also extend to toys, treats, gear, grooming, and travel. If flying with a big dog isn’t possible due to their size or the prohibitive cost, the costs associated with large breed boarding should also be weighed.
In short, small dog breeds are more commonly adopted because they are perceived as being less expensive.
Big Dog Breeds in Small Spaces?
It isn’t unmanageable to have a big dog in an apartment, but limited space can negatively affect them (and their co-habitants!). Certainly, urban dog ownership has evolved in wonderful ways. But if you do happen to live in a small space without an enclosed yard, you’ll need to be prepared to meet the physical and mental demands of a big dog.
Furthermore, the cost of training a larger dog can set you back a little further. They can do more damage than smaller dogs and may need extra schooling to behave the way you want them to.
Dispelling Small Dog Myths
All dogs require and benefit from outdoor physical exercise. Small dogs aren’t like indoor-only cats. Instead, they require daily brisk walks, sufficient opportunities to answer nature’s calls, and exposure to other pets and people.
Small dogs may have reputations for being hyperactive, yappy, and high-strung. However, with proper outlets, they’ll burn off excess energy and be able to chill out more. If you aren’t able to play, exercise, and create special opportunities for your dog, look into the costs of dog daycare, dog walkers, or daily dog sitters.
Both big dogs and little dogs face certain health challenges. For example, while smaller dogs tend to have longer lives, they can be susceptible to collapsing trachea, kneecap injuries, and hypoglycemia. Some small dog breeds may suffer bone fractures more easily, and may not be right for families with small kids. They are also highly disrupted by temperature extremes and require extra attention and vigilance.
Large dogs are known for their risks of hip dysplasia, bloat, ligament tears, and arthritis. Some large dog breeds, such as Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Danes, Saint Bernards, and Newfoundalnds typically only live between 7-10 years.
We Love All Dog Breeds
Having an understanding of the lifespan of certain dog breeds is helpful in the decision-making process. Wellness care, excellent nutrition, and disease prevention can help a dog live 15 years or more. However, in the end it comes down to your own lifestyle, housing situation, and financial solvency.
All dog breeds are great, and our veterinarians and staff members are always available to discuss what it takes to care for them.
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I LOVE Dr. Mossberg. He and the staff are Amazing and SOOO CARING! They are the BEST — M. Lerma
Dr. Mossburg is WONDERFUL! He is so patient! Answers all my questions. I don't feel rushed. He is just so awesome with our Sophie! — S. Cobarruvias
This is the only place I trust with my girl. They always take great care of my Yorkie. — A Byrd
We can't say enough about Schertz Animal Hospital. Dr. Rodriguez and the whole staff are wonderful and so caring. — P. Ring
This is a wonderful animal hospital. Will highly recommend them for anyone who loves and cares about their pets. — B. Lewis
Have taken our pets there for years. Dr. R. Is the best. We appreciate him and the rest of his hard working staff. — C. Yeary
These are our first pets and first ever Vet visit. We are very pleased with the attention, knowledge, and quality of care. Very pleased with our decision!. — J. Tibbetts
We love the care the staff provides, they are big enough to provide services without having to wait long for an appointment, but still make you feel like family. Love this place. — T. Ha
Took my cat in today on an emergency basis and they were so helpful and kind. They have done what they can for him. I have a dog too and this is the only place I will be taking her to. Best vet we have ever been too. — L. Hamilton
Exceptional customer service and great care of my Sammy! Dr. Rodriguez "Dr. R" is the BEST! — A. Garcia
We absolutely love Schertz Animal Hospital for our puppy! They are so caring and take good care of our Bella. — P. Willard
The entire staff is friendly to me and my Bradley. I feel that my Bradley is in good hands. — A. Cano
Love Schertz Animal Hospital. The staff are all friendly and helpful. Dr. Mossburg is thorough and caring. We have taken 3 of our rescues there. Most recently our 7 year old Rottweiler we rescued. They have always taken excellent care of them. — A. Peterson
Schertz Animal Hospital really cares about your pet. They know their stuff. They been in Schertz for many years. All the doctors really know how to relate to us as they are pet owners too. I highly recommend them for all your Veterinary needs. You won't be sorry. SAH thank you for taking such great care of my Service Dog. — K. Duchess
Schertz Animal Hospital is a group of some of the most selfless people. They have been so attentive and caring to my pups, literally dropping everything to care for their needs. I am blessed and ever so grateful to have this team a part of my little family's life. Alley and Noah looooove you all! Y'all are the bomb dot com! Keep on keepin' on ladies and gents! — A.H
Dr. Mossberg and his assistant, Terri, are outstanding! Rusty can be difficult and they are so patient and kind. My husband and I really appreciate that they go the extra mile! Thank you!!! — T. & M. Taylor
I am totally satisfied with the practices, procedures, and service currently in place and have no recommendation for improvement. — R. Schutte
The front staff are awesome and have great attitudes. Very friendly and approachable. — R. & D. Carter
This is the one place that I feel completely safe with taking my Jasmine too. All of you take good care of her. Thank you. — C. & J. Smith
I appreciate being able to walk in (I did call first) with no appt. The doctor was booked but he still took care of my pet. Kudos to Dr. Rodriguez!! — S. & C. Mag
You are doing everything super good!!! Keep it up!!!! — W. Williams
I have never had a vet office that treats its patients so well, and throughly explains all diagnosis and possible treatment. I have always bragged on this office and will continue to do so. — M. & N. Heller
Always professional, clean atmosphere. — J. Wilson
Love how Dr Rodriguez has a passion for what he does - it makes a huge difference! The staff is friendly and caring - thank you. — Anonymous
Very nice facility that is well kept up. Whenever one of my pets needs medical care,I know I can rely on Schertz Animal Hospital to provide excellent care. — D. & R. Lanier
Dr. Rodriguez and his staff are always pleasant, caring and I feel very confident in the care given to all of our pets! :) — M. & J. Hild