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5 Big Dog Myths Sniffed Out!

We really like big dogs here at the Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA). Here are five myths about dogs over 40 pounds that we sniffed out to give our big four-legged friends the credit they deserve.

Myth #1 “Big dogs can’t live in small spaces, like apartments.”

Absolutely untrue! It’s not the size of the dog that determines their suitability in small spaces, but their energy levels and the amount of exercise and enrichment they receive. Dogs of all sizes can live in apartments under the right circumstances.

large dog snuggled on a couch

Myth #2 “It’s harder to travel when you have big dogs.”

No way! With pet sitting and boarding options readily available, traveling has never been easier for pet owners. Options vary from hiring a dog walker to come daily to sending your pup to a boarding facility to get the 24-hour TLC they deserve. Traveling with your large dog is an option, too—they can keep up and keep you company on any adventure! 

large dog running with guardian

Myth #3 “Big dogs should NOT live with small children.”

Untrue. It’s not the weight of an animal that determines if they’re best suited to be around children but rather their temperament and energy level. HRA’s adoption counselors can work with you to find a dog that is the right match for your family.

dog with kids

Myth #4 “Only small dogs can be lap dogs.”

Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we’ll let you decide if it’s true...

dog getting belly rubs

Myth #5 “Since I can't adopt, there's not much else I can do to help.”

Totally untrue. There are so many other ways to help big dogs. HRA not only provides adoption services but also has a robust foster program that allows folks to temporarily house big dogs while they wait to get matched with a loving family of their own. Fosters get to experience the joy and companionship that comes from caring for a big dog without having to make a permanent commitment. 

HRA volunteer with dog at adoption event


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