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What Size Dog Should I Get?

It is amazing to see a tiny Chihuahua next to a massive dog like a Great Dane and realise that these two dogs share a common ancestor, despite their incredible differences. Dog breeds come in all different shapes and sizes. Make sure you get the right size dog for your indoor and outdoor space, whether you live in a house, flat, bungalow or apartment. You should bear in mind that most puppies will grow to their full size within their first year.

A Great Dane stood over a Chihuahua
A Great Dane stood over a Chihuahua

Toy Dog Breeds

Ever wondered why you see so many celebrities with toy dogs? The answer is because these lovely miniature dogs have heaps of character. They are a bundle of fun and will always make you smile. They tend to be excitable little dogs with large personalities, so much so that if not trained properly they can become very power minded towards people and other dogs. They can become very attached to one person, so try your hardest to socialise them with as many other people and dogs as possible.

A Toy Poodle with a lovely brown curly coat
A Toy Poodle with a lovely brown curly coat

Toy dogs are perhaps more suited to a calm and quiet life, rather than the rough and tumble that a larger dog might enjoy. Most of them also love the sound of their own voice, and can be very noisy if not taught the ‘quiet’ command from an early age. The most popular toy dog breeds include the Maltese, the Bichon Frise, the Shih Tzu, the Chihuahua, the Pug, the Miniature Poodle, and the Yorkshire Terrier.

A lovely little Yorkshire Terrier Toy Dog
A lovely little Yorkshire Terrier Toy Dog

Toy Dogs That Don’t Shed Their Coats

If you looking for a dog which doesn’t shed its coat then these toys dogs can make great pets: the Bichon Frise, the Cairn Terrier, the Chinese Crested, the Coton De Tulear, the Fox Terrier (wire), the Havanese, the Maltese, the Toy Poodle, the Shih Tzu and the Yorkshire Terrier.

Are Toy Dogs Good With Children?

Toy dogs can be good with children but can sometimes be a little unpredictable. Children tend to like toy dogs because they are often smaller than the child and have lots of energy. However, if the toy dog has a large personally it can often see the child as a rival and may try to assert itself over the child or snap if provoked. There are other types of breeds that are less unpredictable and more forgiving of small children. You should maybe consider a larger dog like a Retriever, Labrador or Spaniel.

Small Dogs Breeds

Let's face it, small dogs are really cute and can make great cuddle partners. Give them an exciting adventure and you will always be rewarded with a loving heart. Many of them love burrowing into small holes, and others simply love tearing around the house with their favourite toy hanging out the side of their mouth.

A West Highland Terrier with a beautiful white coat
A West Highland Terrier with a beautiful white coat

The most popular small dog breeds are Terriers. They can be lovely family pets when trained correctly. Terriers are generally excitable dogs with mischievous temperaments. The most popular small dog breeds include the Jack Russell Terrier, the Scottish Terrier, the Patterdale Terrier, the Cairn Terrier, the Border Terrier, and the West Highland Terrier.

Are Small Dogs Good With Children?

Small dogs can be great with children, but most small dogs were originally developed for pest control and can sometimes be a bit too playful with their mouths. Always supervise your children when they are with a small dog, even if you have all the trust in the world in your dog. If you teach your little ones how to behave around your dog there is less chance that anything will go wrong. Teach small dogs not to bite as soon as you bring him home for the first time. You can use our section on how to stop your dog from play biting to help you eliminate any dangers in the house.

A wonderful little Chihuahua with great big ears
A wonderful little Chihuahua with great big ears

The best small dog breeds to have around children include the Beagle, the Boston Terrier, the Cavalier King Charles, the Havanese, the Miniature Poodle, the Miniature Schnauzer, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Pug, the Shetland Sheepdog and the Yorkshire Terrier.

Medium Sized Dogs Breeds

There are a fabulous array of medium sized breeds, so you should be able to find a dog that is perfect for you and your family right here.

A beautiful wiry Airedale Terrier Medium Sized_Dog's tongue out
A beautiful wiry Airedale Terrier Medium Sized Dog's tongue out

Medium sized breeds are affordable, they suit all ages, and they don’t require an incredible amount of specialist care and attention. This size category contains a huge variety of dog breeds, so you will need to read carefully into each breed’s characteristics to find the right one for you. You can use our dog directory to compare the characteristics of each medium sized breed.

A Welsh springer Spaniel frolicking in the snow's tongue out
A Welsh springer Spaniel frolicking in the snow's tongue out

The most popular medium size dog breeds include the Airedale Terrier, the Irish Terrier, the Basenji, the English Cocker Spaniel, the English Springer Spaniel, the Basset Hound, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the English Bulldog, the French Bulldog and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Are Medium Size Dogs Good With Children?

When trained correctly, medium sized dogs are great around children because they are the perfect inbetween; not so big they knock children over but not so small they feel threatened by a boisterous child.

Large Dog Breeds

In the UK we absolutely love our large dog breeds. The Labrador Retriever is not only the most popular breed of dog in the UK.

Large dog breeds tend to have lots of energy and most often require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation, otherwise they may develop destructive behaviour. They tend to be loving and loyal breeds which is why they are very popular with families. However, they can also cause a lot of damage in a small home, particularly with their long, whippy, happy tails. They can be known to tread mud around the house after a long walk on a wet day too. Their size can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for small children, but large dogs tend to form close relationships with children and adults alike.

A beautiful black coated Afghan Hound lying down
A beautiful black coated Afghan Hound lying down

The most popular large dog breeds include the Afghan Hound, the Collie, the Curly Coated Retriever, the Bernese Mountain Dog, the Bloodhound, the Bullmastiff, the Dalmatian, the Dogue Du Bordeaux, the Setter, the German Shepherd, the Golden Retriever, the Flat Coated Retriever, the Greyhound, the Labrador Retriever, the Old English Sheepdog, the Rottweiler, the Saint Bernard and the Siberian Husky.

Are Large Dogs Good With Children?

In general, larger dogs are more tolerable of children than smaller dogs, but many kids can often be quite intimidated or scared by the overwhelming size of large dogs. Allowing the large dog to regularly socialise with children will give him time to get used to their behaviour.

Giant Dog Breeds

Whether you’re looking at the gigantic Great Dane or the jumbo Newfoundland you are sure to be impressed by their immense size, but don’t let their size fool you. Giant dogs need their cuddles too.

A magnificent Giant Breed Irish Wolfhound
A magnificent Giant Breed Irish Wolfhound

These dogs are usually quite reserved, and surprisingly do not require the most amount of exercise. However, they tend to be quite expensive to maintain and have the shortest life span of all the dog sizes. If you are considering getting a giant dog breed you are going to need slightly more room to keep it. It is also important not to over exercise giant breed puppies, otherwise their developing bones may become deformed.

The most popular giant dog breeds include the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, the Borzoi, the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, the Great Dane, the Irish Wolfhound, the Newfoundland, the Scottish Deerhound, and the Tibetan Mastiff.

Are Giant Dogs Good With Children?

Don't be fooled by the size of these giant creature, they are incredibly gentle natured animals with a huge heart for children. You shouldn't ever need to teach your giant breed dog how to behave around your children, but you might need to teach your children not to be worried.

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